Sports are larger than life in Texas, and we have our fair share of sports teams. Don’t miss out on any of the exciting entertainment options that live sporting events can bring you. Grab a hot dog at a baseball game, or join in on a soccer chant – this article is for you, the sports fan.

Texans are heavily invested in several major sports, and they support a long list of local teams with a rich history in some of America’s greatest competitions. Regardless if you are into sports or not, we assure you that the experience you will get on a Texas match day is something that you should not miss for the world. No matter if you opt to visit the basketball court of the San Antonio Spurs, or the Baseball pitch of the Texas Rangers, you will be in for a blast. 

Don’t miss your chance to catch a professional Texas sports team event when you are visiting the Lone Star state. There are dozens of professional teams covering all the major sports right here in the state. Take in some hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer or football while you’re visiting this fair state for some real down-home action.

Texas Football Teams

Texans are passionate about their football teams and should be. Home to the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, Texas is a football state beyond compare. The Cowboys have won five Super Bowl titles and are quite possibly the most popular football team in America. If it is football season and you’re in town, grab some tickets and head out for a game. You probably won’t get any resistance from your young ones.

Houston Texans

The Houston Texas is the most famous football team in the Lone Star state. Their games are played at the NRG Stadium, which has a capacity of 72,220. Their National Football League (NFL) games are an unforgettable experience, and you should make sure to pay at least one visit to NRG Stadium on match day. 

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are members of the National football League (NFL) and the National Football Conference (NFC.) This is one of the NFL’s most successful teams, with five won Super Bowls, and eight conference titles. The games of the Cowboys are one of the best ways to experience the atmosphere of American football matches.

Texas College Football Teams

At times, college football is bigger than pro football in Texas. Here are the top college football teams in Texas:

  • Texas Longhorns
  • Texas A&M Aggies
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders
  • Texas Christian Horned Frogs (TCU)
  • Baylor Bears
  • Texas State Bobcats
  • Southern Methodist Mustangs (SMU)
  • North Texas Eagles (UNT)
  • Houston Cougars (UH)
  • Rice Owls
  • San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA)
  • El Paso Miners (UTEP)

Texas Baseball Teams

There are two baseball teams that belong to the major leagues in Texas – the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Both of these Texas sports teams have both made it to the World Series and offer a great afternoon or evening of entertainment.

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros are Texas’ most popular baseball team. Their home games can be visited at the Minute Maid Park, which can hold an audience of 41,168. The Astros have a rich history in both the National League and the American League, the two American major baseball leagues. 

Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers is a baseball team based in Arlington, Texas. Their major successes came in the last decade when they want two American League pennants in 2010 and 2011. Known as the Senators, they are currently playing their home games at the Choctaw Stadium. 

Texas Minor League and Independent Baseball Teams

Texas is home to many smaller baseball leagues and clubs, here are a few of our favorite hometown teams:

  • Frisco Roughriders
  • Round Rock Express
  • Corpus Christi Hooks
  • San Antonio Missions
  • El Paso Chihuahuas
  • Sugar Land Space Cowboys
  • Midland Rockhounds
  • Amarillo Sod Poodles
  • Alpine Cowboys
  • Weimar Hormigas
  • Houston Apollos
  • Sugar Land Space Cowboys
  • Cleburne Railrunners
  • Austin Weirdos

Texas Soccer Teams

Soccer is certainly not one of America’s most popular sports, but it has been steadily gathering more and more audience over the past two decades. More and more Texans are choosing to visit the games of their local soccer teams on weekends, and get to experience one of the world’s most famous sports. 

Soccer is an ever-growing sport here in Texas boasting two professional teams, the FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo FC. Both of these teams are part of Major League Soccer and are marking this state as one to be watched closely in future events.

If you love to watch professional teams participating in live games, you’ll love coming to see these top teams scramble for victory. Make it a family day and don’t forget to pick up a hot dog!

If you happen to visit Texas during the time of the Texas Derby, then you should certainly try to get your hands on some tickets. The matches between Houston Dynamo FC and FC Dallas are a memorable experience for both die-hard fans and casual spectators. Matches between these two Texas sports teams are almost always guaranteed to be in front of packed stands.

FC Dallas

One of Texas’ most popular soccer teams is FC Dallas. The team plays their home games at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The ground regularly gathers audiences of nearly 20,000 people, so paying it a visit is certainly something to consider on your next Texas trip. Even if you are not one of soccer’s biggest fans, you are guaranteed to enjoy the match day atmosphere and food you will find at the Toyota Stadium. 

Houston Dynamo FC

Houston Dynamo FC is a relatively young team, as it was founded just 16 years ago, in 2005. Their games can be attended at the PNC Stadium, which has a capacity of 22,000. Despite being much younger than FC Dallas, the team has already managed to win the MLS Cup twice – a feat that certainly attracted a lot of new fans from the area.

Smaller Soccer Clubs

There are also plenty of independent, amateur and semi-pro soccer teams across the state of Texas, here are our favorites:

  • Austin United FC
  • SA Corinthians FC
  • Denton Diablos
  • FC Brownsville
  • Fort Worth Vaqueros FC
  • Irving FC
  • Laredo Heat
  • Lubbock Matadors SC
  • Solar Soccer Club

Texas Basketball Teams

Texas is home to three different NBA teams: the San Antonio Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets. All three of these teams have had the glory of winning a championship. Basketball is alive and kicking in the state and if you’re in the Houston, Dallas or San Antonio region don’t forget to schedule some time to take in a game.

And even if you do not have enough time to watch a full game, passing by the stadium and fan shop is still a great idea. You can buy plenty of memorabilia, or gift for someone close who would love to get their hands on some Texas sports team gear.

San Antonio Spurs

Texas’ most popular basketball team was first established in 1967. Over the years, the team has managed to add an impressive number of NBA titles to their collection – by winning the 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014 titles. They are playing their games at the AT&T center, and you should certainly consider planning your Texas vacation so you can visit at least one match day. You will not be disappointed with the atmosphere and excitement that the San Antonio Spurs’ games provide the public with.  

Dallas Mavericks 

The Dallas Mavericks are another fan-favorite of many Texas. First established in 1980, the team had to wait a while before seeing their first NBA championship – in 2011. While their recent form has been lackluster in comparison with the San Antonio Spurs, you can still expect a packed arena if you decide to visit one of their games. The Dallas Mavericks has been playing their games at the American Airlines Center since 2001.  

Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets’ is another Texas basketball team that you might enjoy visiting. Although their recent performances are not comparable with their run from the mid-90s, they are still one of the most exciting Texas sports teams to visit. Their games are played at the Toyota Center, so plan

Dallas Wings

Texas has had a WNBA team since the 2016 season, with the Dallas franchise moving from Tulsa, Oklahoma (which had moved previously from Detroit). The Dallas Wings are one of 16 teams in the WNBA league.

Texas G-League Teams

The G-League is the development league for the NBA, effectively the “minor leagues” for basketball. Each Texas NBA franchise has a G-League affiliate in Texas, and they are:

  • Austin Spurs
  • Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  • Texas Legends

Texas Hockey Teams

We weren’t kidding when we said that the people of Texas love their sports. If you are not a fan of the heat in the outdoor stadiums used for football and baseball, then maybe the cool hockey arena is the way to go. 

If the heat is getting to you during your stay in Texas head to a hockey rink to watch the Dallas Stars in action. This Stanley Cup winning team is just one of the many professional teams here in Texas that makes us proud.

Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars are the only NHL team in Texas. If you are looking to attend an ice hockey game in Texas, then the Dallas Stars team is what you should look into. They are currently playing in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. They are a fun team to watch, and won the Stanley Cup in 1999. They have had their fair share of successful runs in the Stanley Cup, going deep into the playoffs many times. They also played host to the Winter Classic in 2020, which was played outdoors at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

Texas Minor League Hockey Teams

The Lone Star State is also home to many smaller teams of various levels and pro affiliations, from juniors to semi-pro. Here are our favorites:

  • Texas Stars
  • Texas Brahmas Hockey Club
  • Allen Americans Hockey
  • Odessa Jackalopes
  • Corpus Christi IceRays Hockey
  • Amarillo Wranglers
Simon Trask
Author: Simon Trask

Simon loves Texas and the Great Outdoors. From East Texas pines to West Texas mountains, he calls North Texas home but is always ready to float a river in Hill Country or go fishing on the Gulf Coast. Simon loves camping and road trips as well, whether it's cruising Highway 287, 82, 69 or 281, that's the true way to see what Texas is all about!

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