A Look into Ottawa’s Most Popular Sports Teams
Ottawa has many sports teams, both professional and minor league. The city itself is a sports destination that has hosted many national and international sporting events. If you love sports, Ottawa is the place to be, and no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be able to plan your trip around a game featuring one of the city’s beloved teams. In the summer, you can watch professional soccer and CFL football, while in the winter, you can check out NHL and OHL hockey. No matter which sport you prefer, you can cheer on one of the following popular Ottawa sports teams during your visit.
If you enjoy hockey, check out the Ottawa Senators. Known locally as “the Sens,” the Ottawa Senators take to the ice and play from October through April at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Sens have won four divisions titles and the Presidents’ Trophy in 2003. The team also played in the Stanley cup finals in 2007, and is entering its 24th season. You may know their mascot, Spartacat, a friendly lion adored by younger fans. To get to a game conveniently, be sure to check out hotels near Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa.
The Ottawa REDBLACKS play at TD Place Stadium from June through October. The REDBLACKS made their CFL debut in 2014, and they are the third CFL team to play in Ottawa. In 2016, they won the Grey Cup Championship.
If you catch a game when you’re in town, be sure to check out their mascot, Big Joe. The character is a lumberjack and was inspired by the local legend of Joseph “Jos” Montferrand, a logger from the 1800s known for his massive stature.
Ottawa Fury FC
The Ottawa Fury FC, also known as “The Fury FC,” is Ottawa’s first professional soccer team. They play at the new TD Place Stadium from July through October. Their mascot is Sparky, a flame, who enjoys cheering on the team and meeting fans.
The Ottawa Champions, also known as “The Champs,” play at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park from May through September. They are Ottawa’s newest sports team and made their debut as a member of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball in 2015. In 2016, the team qualified for the playoffs for the first time, ultimately defeating the Rockland Boulders in the championship round and securing the win. They typically play against teams from Quebec and the United States.
The 67’s is a major junior ice hockey team and three-time OHL winner. Home games are played at the Arena at TD Place. The team has also played in the Memorial Cup five times and have won twice. They got their name from the year in which they were established, 1967.
No matter what time of year it is, you can find a sport to watch live in the great city of Ottawa. Bring the whole family, friends, or even go by yourself to watch your favourite teams battle it out to win.