List of professional sports teams in Michigan Article

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Michigan has a number of professional and semi-professional sports teams in various sports and leagues.

Major league teams

Team Sport League Venue
Detroit Tigers Baseball Major League Baseball Comerica Park
Detroit Lions Football National Football League Ford Field
Detroit Red Wings Ice hockey National Hockey League Little Caesars Arena
Detroit Pistons Basketball National Basketball Association Little Caesars Arena

Michigan is home to four major-league professional sports teams, all of which play in the Detroit metropolitan area. The Pistons played at Detroit's Cobo Arena until 1978 and at the Pontiac Silverdome until 1988, when they moved into the Palace of Auburn Hills where they played for 28 years between 1988 and 2017, before moving to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit in 2017. The Detroit Lions played at Tiger Stadium in Detroit until 1974, then moved to the Pontiac Silverdome where they played for 27 years between 1975-2002, before moving to Ford Field in Detroit in 2002. The Detroit Tigers played at Tiger Stadium (formerly known as Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912 to 1999. In 2000 they moved to Comerica Park. The Red Wings played at Olympia Stadium until 1979, then moved to Joe Louis Arena where they played for 38 years between 1979 and 2017, before moving again inside the city limits of Detroit to Little Caesars Arena in 2017.

Other notable sports teams

Club Sport League Metro Area (City)
Battle Creek Bombers Baseball Summer Collegiate Baseball, Northwoods League Battle Creek
Kalamazoo Growlers Baseball Summer Collegiate Baseball, Northwoods League Kalamazoo
Saginaw Sugar Beets Baseball Summer Collegiate Baseball, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Saginaw
Utica Unicorns Baseball United Shore Professional Baseball League Detroit
Eastside Diamond Hoppers Baseball United Shore Professional Baseball League Detroit
Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers Baseball United Shore Professional Baseball League Detroit
Westside Woolly Mammoths Baseball United Shore Professional Baseball League Detroit
Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Minor League Baseball, Midwest League Lansing
Great Lakes Loons Baseball Minor League Baseball, Midwest League Midland
Traverse City Beach Bums Baseball Minor League Baseball, Frontier League Traverse City
West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball Minor League Baseball, Midwest League Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Drive Basketball NBA G League Grand Rapids
Detroit Coast II Coast All-Stars Basketball American Basketball Association Detroit
Flint-Vehicle City Chargers Basketball American Basketball Association Flint
Grand Rapids Danger Basketball American Basketball Association Grand Rapids
Lansing Sting Basketball American Basketball Association Lansing
Motor City Firebirds Basketball American Basketball Association Detroit
Oakland County Cowboys Basketball American Basketball Association Detroit
Team NetWork Basketball American Basketball Association Detroit
West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball American Basketball Association Muskegon
Grand Rapids Fusion Basketball Independent Basketball Association Grand Rapids
Lansing Capitals Basketball Independent Basketball Association Lansing
Grand Rapids Cyclones Basketball Premier Basketball League Grand Rapids
Lake Michigan Admirals Basketball Premier Basketball League Benton Harbor
Grand Rapids Griffins Ice hockey American Hockey League Grand Rapids
Kalamazoo Wings Ice hockey ECHL Kalamazoo
Port Huron Prowlers Ice hockey Federal Hockey League Detroit ( Port Huron)
West Michigan Ironmen Indoor football Champions Indoor Football Muskegon
Waza Flo Indoor soccer Major Arena Soccer League Flint
Waza Premier Indoor soccer Premier Arena Soccer League Flint
AFC Ann Arbor Soccer National Premier Soccer League Ann Arbor
Detroit City FC Soccer National Premier Soccer League Detroit
Grand Rapids FC Soccer National Premier Soccer League, United Women's Soccer Grand Rapids
Kalamazoo FC Soccer National Premier Soccer League Kalamazoo
Lansing United Soccer Premier Development League, United Women's Soccer Lansing
Michigan Stars FC Soccer National Premier Soccer League Detroit
Michigan Bucks Soccer Premier Development League Detroit
Ole SC Soccer Premier League of America Grand Rapids
Carpathia FC Soccer United Premier Soccer League Detroit
Muskegon Risers Soccer United Premier Soccer League Muskegon
Oakland County FC Soccer United Premier Soccer League Detroit
Detroit Mechanix Ultimate American Ultimate Disc League Detroit
Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Roller derby Women's Flat Track Derby Association ( Ann Arbor)
Detroit Roller Derby Roller derby Women's Flat Track Derby Association Detroit
Flint City Derby Girls Roller derby Women's Flat Track Derby Association Flint
Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Roller derby Women's Flat Track Derby Association Grand Rapids
Killamazoo Derby Darlins Roller derby Women's Flat Track Derby Association Kalamazoo
Lansing Derby Vixens Roller derby Women's Flat Track Derby Association Lansing
Detroit Bordercats Roller hockey National Roller Hockey League Detroit
Detroit Stars Roller hockey National Roller Hockey League Dearborn Heights
Motor City Revive Roller hockey National Roller Hockey League West Bloomfield
Shelby Surge Roller hockey National Roller Hockey League Shelby Charter Township
Detroit Dark Angels Women's football Women's Football Alliance Detroit
West Michigan Mayhem Women's football Women's Football Alliance Kalamazoo

Former professional teams

Club Sport League(s) Status
Detroit Drive Arena football Arena Football League Became the Massachusetts Marauders for the 1994 season, then was suspended for three years.
Detroit Fury Arena football Arena Football League Franchise terminated September 20, 2004
Grand Rapids Rampage Arena football Arena Football League Franchise terminated March 5, 2010.
Detroit Stars Baseball Negro National League, 2nd Negro National League, Negro American League The team ceased operations in 1960
Detroit Wolverines Baseball National League Disbanded, 1888
Kalamazoo Kings Baseball Minor League Baseball, Frontier League Ceased operations in the 2011 season
Oakland County Cruisers Baseball Minor League Baseball, Frontier League Moved to London, Ontario in 2012 and became the London Rippers (now defunct)
Detroit Shock Basketball Women's National Basketball Association Moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and became the Tulsa Shock; would move again to the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex and are now the Dallas Wings.
Detroit Gems Basketball National Basketball Association Moved to Minneapolis and became the Minneapolis Lakers; would move again to Los Angeles and are now the Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Falcons Basketball Basketball Association of America Defunct
Michigan Mayhem Basketball Continental Basketball Association Disbanded after 2005-2006 season
Holland Dream Basketball Independent Basketball Association
Battle Creek Flight Basketball Independent Basketball Association
Battle Creek Knights Basketball Premier Basketball League
Detroit Panthers Basketball Premier Basketball League
Mid-Michigan Destroyers Basketball Premier Basketball League
Detroit (NFL) (Heralds/Tigers/Panthers/Wolverines) Football National Football League Defunct
Detroit Demolition Football Independent Women's Football League
Detroit Wheels Football World Football League Moved to Charlotte, North Carolina for one game, then disbanded in the middle of the 1974 season
Michigan Panthers Football United States Football League Defunct
Flint Generals Ice hockey International Hockey League Disbanded in 2010 when IHL merged into the AHL.
Michigan Stags Ice hockey World Hockey Association Moved to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Blades for the rest of the team's existence
Detroit Vipers Ice hockey International Hockey League Disbanded when IHL folded
Port Huron IceHawks Ice hockey International Hockey League
St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints Ice hockey Federal Hockey League Relocated to Kingsville, Ontario
Port Huron Patriots Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Saginaw Sting Indoor football American Indoor Football
West Michigan Thunder Hawks Indoor football Indoor Football League
Battle Creek Crunch Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Port Huron Pirates Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Kalamazoo Xplosion Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Muskegon Thunder Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Motor City Reapers Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Flint Phantoms Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Port Huron Predators Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Detroit Thunder Indoor football Continental Indoor Football League
Flint Flames Indoor football Indoor Football League
Detroit Drive Indoor football Arena Football League
Detroit Fury Indoor football Arena Football League
Grand Rapids Rampage Indoor football Arena Football League
Detroit Express Soccer North American Soccer League 1981, Moved to become Washington Diplomats, Lasted 1 year. League folded in 1984
Detroit Ignition Indoor soccer Xtreme Soccer League League folded in 2009
Detroit Lightning Indoor soccer Professional Relocated in 1980 to become the San Francisco Fog (MISL)
Kalamazoo Kingdom Soccer USL Premier Development League Folded 2006.
Michigan Hawks Soccer W-League Folded after the 2008 season.
Michigan Phoenix Soccer Women's Premier Soccer League Left the WPSL and terminated in 2006
West Michigan Edge Soccer USL Premier Development League Folded after the 2008 season.
West Michigan Firewomen Soccer W-League
Grand Rapids Chicks Women's baseball All-American Girls Professional Baseball League League folded in 1954.
Kalamazoo Lassies Women's baseball All-American Girls Professional Baseball League League folded in 1954.
Muskegon Belles Women's baseball All-American Girls Professional Baseball League League folded in 1954.
Muskegon Lassies Women's baseball All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Moved to Kalamazoo in 1950.

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