Professional Sports Teams in Rochester, NY
Rochester Red Wings
The Rochester Red Wings are the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The season runs early April through the first week of September. They play at Frontier Field, which is located at One Morrie Silver Way in Rochester, adjacent to Plymouth Avenue, just north of the Inner Loop. For directions, go to their web site at http://www.redwingsbaseball.com/ and click on Frontier Field.
In Rochester, baseball is different from larger cities, but is arguably far better for families who love the game. Tickets are dramatically less expensive than for major-league teams -- they run $6.00 to $10.00, and kids can save $1.00 on their tickets by joining the Knot Hole Gang and coming for special Knot Hole games (usually on Sundays).
At every Sunday afternoon home game, kids get the chance to run the bases with Spikes & Mittsy the Red Wings mascots. Every Friday night and on select other nights, fireworks follow the game. And there are other discount promotions and special theme days too numerous to mention. See http://www.redwingsbaseball.com/schedule/ for their special month-by-month guide to promotions.
KidsOutAndAbout.com has a special page with lots more information about family fun at a Rochester Red Wings baseball game: Click here.
The Rochester Rhinos are Rochester's professional soccer team in the USL Division of the USSF D2 Pro League, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. They play at the Marina Auto Stadium (formerly PAETEC Park), 460 Oak Street in Rochester, a few blocks northwest of their old home at Frontier Field; it is adjacent to West Broad Street. (For directions, click here.)
The main Rhinos team, the men, play from early May through mid-September. The women's team typically plays from late May through late July.
KidsOutAndAbout.com has a special page with lots more information about family fun at a Rhinos soccer game: Click here.
The Rochester Knighthawks (sometimes abbreviated as the K-Hawks) are Rochester's professional lacrosse team, in the National Lacrosse League. They play indoors at the Blue Cross Arena. They won the National Lacrosse League title in 2007. Their season runs January through April. Their web site is http://www.knighthawks.net.
Rochester Americans (Amerks)
The Rochester Americans (we call them "Amerks") are one of the oldest hockey franchises in the American Hockey League. They play at the Blue Cross Arena, and their season runs from October through April. Their web site is Amerks.com.
The Rochester RazorSharks play in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) and were, in fact, its 2008 champions. They play in the Blue Cross Arena. Their season runs from early January through the end of March. Their web site is www.razorsharks.com. The Rochester Razorsharks were founded in 2005 as a professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association, and left the ABA in 2007 to help found the Premier Basketball League.
The Rochester Raiders are Rochester's professional Indoor Football League team. Their season runs from March through June, and they play at the Dome Center on Calkins Road in Henrietta.
The Buffalo Bills are the closest professional football team. They play at Orchard Park, located approximately 2 hours west of Rochester. The Bills' Training Camp is held each summer at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Here is a link to their Kids' Club.