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Other professional sports in Mississippi River Country

Hockey, soccer and auto racing venues offer additional opportunities to take in live sporting events throughout the year.

Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism

It’s not just baseball, football and basketball—there are lots of other great spectator sports taking place in Mississippi River Country all year round. Here’s a closer look.


Drop the puck! Mississippi River Country is home to some great National Hockey League teams, including one of the NHL’s “Original 6” (Chicago Blackhawks). Here’s a look at the region’s NHL teams:


Are you a soccer fan? Then you’ll find plenty of great game-day atmosphere in Mississippi River Country, which is home to four Major League Soccer teams, with a fifth set to kick off in 2023.

Here’s a look at the teams and where they play:

Auto racing

Tennessee is home to one of NASCAR’s most iconic race tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol is located in northeastern Tennessee near the state’s border with Virginia, and the city’s famous track, nicknamed “the Last Great Colosseum,” is one of the largest sporting venues in the world. Head to Bristol in mid-March or early August to catch NASCAR and NHRA events.

Other notable race tracks in Mississippi River Country include: