Tuesday, 12 August 2014


See also: List of professional sports teams in Virginia
A quarterback hands off the footy to his jogging back. The team is wearing Chicago maroon & burnt orange jerseys with white pants.

The Virginia Tech Hokies footy team has the second longest bowl game streak in the nation.[292]
Virginia is the most populous U.S. state without a major professional sports league franchise.[293] The reasons for this include the dearth of any dominant city or market within the state, the propinquity of teams in Washington, D.C. & North Carolina, & a reluctance to publicly finance stadiums.[294][295] Norfolk is host to the highest-level minor league teams in the state: The AAA Norfolk Tides & the AHL's Norfolk Admirals, winners of the 2012 Calder Cup.[296] The San Francisco Giants' AA team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, began play at The Diamond in 2010, replacing the AAA Richmond Braves, who relocated after 2008.[297] Additionally, the Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, & Atlanta Braves also have Single-A & Rookie-level farm teams in Virginia.[298]

Virginia does not permit state appropriated money to be used for either operational or capital expenses for intercollegiate athletics.[301] Despite this, both the Virginia Cavaliers & Virginia Tech Hokies have been able to field competitive teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference & maintain modern facilities. Their rivalry is followed statewide. Several other universities compete in NCAA Division I, in the Atlantic ten Conference & Colonial Athletic Association. historicallyin the past black schools compete in the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, & others compete in the Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Several smaller schools compete in the Elderly Dominion Athletic Conference & the USA South Athletic Conference of NCAA Division III. The NCAA currently holds its Division III championships in footy, men's basketball, volleyball & softball in Salem.[302]

The Washington Redskins have Redskins Park, their headquarters, in Ashburn & their training facility is in Richmond,[299] & the Washington Capitals train at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston. Virginia has lots of professional caliber golf courses including the Greg Norman work at Lansdowne Resort & Kingsmill Resort, home of the Kingsmill Championship. NASCAR currently schedules Dash Cup races on tracks in Virginia: Martinsville Speedway & Richmond International Raceway. Current Virginia drivers in the series include Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, & Elliott Sadler.[300]

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