List of nicknames for sports clubs and stadiums

List of nicknames for sports clubs and stadiums

Sporting clubs are often given nicknames. These may or may not be incorporated into official names or be used by the club. The names of animals or colours are popular. Examples:

American Football

Pats - New England Patriots
Fish, Fins - Miami Dolphins
G-Men - New York Giants
The Skins - Washington Redskins
The Pack - Green Bay Packers
Vikes - Minnesota Vikings
Jags - Jacksonville Jaguars
Bucs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Niners - San Francisco 49ers
Bolts - San Diego Chargers
The Birds - Philadelphia Eagles
Gang Green - New York Jets
America's Team, The 'Boys - Dallas Cowboys

Brownies - (Cleveland Browns)
Monsters of the Midway, Da Bears - Chicago Bears

Australian Rules Football

"For players' nicknames, see: List of nicknames used in Australian rules

* Adelaide Football Club - Crows, Croweaters
* Brisbane Lions - Lions, Brissie
* Carlton Football Club - Blues, Blueboys, Bluebaggers, the 'Baggers, Caaaarlton
* Collingwood Football Club - Pies, Woods, Woodsmen, Colliwobbles, Maggies, Magpies
* Essendon Football Club - Dons, Bombers, Baby Bombers, Mosquitoes, Same Olds
* Fremantle Football Club - Dockers, Freo
* Geelong Football Club - Cats, Catters, Pivotonians
* Hawthorn Football Club - Hawks, Hawkers, Mayblooms, Mustard Pots
* Melbourne Football Club - Demons, Dees, Redlegs, Fuchsias
* North Melbourne Football Club - Kangaroos, Shinboners, Roos, Rooboys, Kangas, North
* Port Adelaide Football Club - Port, Power, Ports
* Richmond Football Club - Tigers, Tiges, Richo, Wasps
* St. Kilda Football Club - Saints, Sainters
* Sydney Swans - Swannies, Bloods, Blood Soaked Angels
* West Coast Eagles - Eagles, Weagles
* Western Bulldogs - Bullies, Dogs, Doggies, Footscray, The Scray

* Brisbane Bears - Bears
* Fitzroy Football Club - Roys, Gorillas, Lions
* Melbourne University Football Club - Uni, Scholars, Professors

* Bendigo Bombers - Diggers
* Box Hill Hawks - Mustangs, Stangers, Hills
* Casey Scorpions (formerly Springvale) - Springy, Vales
* Coburg Tigers - Burgers, Lions, Tigers
* Frankston - Dolphins, Franga
* North Ballarat - Roosters
* Northern Bullants - Preston, Knights, Ants
* Port Melbourne - Port, the Borough
* Sandringham - Sandy, Zebras
* Tasmania - Devils, Tassie
* Werribee - Tigers, Bees
* Williamstown - Seagulls, Willy, Gulls

* Victorian Representative Team - "Big V", Vics
* Western Australian Representative Team - Sandgropers
* South Australian Representative Team - Croweaters
* Queensland Representative Team - Cane Toads
* New South Wales Representative Team - Cockroaches
* Combined NSW/ACT/QLD/NT/Tas Representative Team - Allies

* Canada National Team - Northwind
* China National Team - The Blues
* Denmark National Team - Vikings
* England National Team - Dragonslayers
* Great Britain National Team - Bulldogs
* Indonesian National Team - Bintangs (Stars)
* Irish National Team - Warriors, Green Machine
* Japan National Team - Samurai, Tozai Tsunami
* Malaysia National Team - Warriors
* Nauru National Team - Chiefs
* New Zealand National Team - Falcons
* Pakistan National Team - Dragoons
* Papua New Guinea National Team - Mosquitos
* Samoa National Team - Bulldogs
* Singapore National Team - Wombats
* South African National Team - Buffaloes
* Spain National Team - Bulls
* USA National Team - Revolution
* Wales National Team - Red Dragons


Canadian Football

* Calgary Stampeders - Stamps
* Edmonton Eskimos - Esks
* Hamilton Tiger-Cats - Ti-Cats
* Montreal Alouettes - Als
* Saskatchewan Roughriders - Riders
* Toronto Argonauts - Argos; Boatmen (team was founded by the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club in 1873)
* Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Bombers


Football (soccer)

Gaelic games

International Basketball

* Gli Azzurri - Italy national team
* Les Bleus - France national team
* Boomers – Australia men's national team
* The Dream Team - USA national team, especially the team at the 1992 Olympics
* Opals – Australia women's national team
* Tall Blacks - New Zealand men's national team
* Tall Ferns - New Zealand women's national team

NBA Basketball

* Wolves, T-Wolves, T-bots, T-pups - Minnesota Timberwolves
* Knickerbockers, Knuckleheads (by haters) - New York Knicks (technically, the reverse is true, Knickerbockers being the full but rarely used team name).
* Blazers, Jail Blazers (Players on the team always got in trouble an example, Zach Randolph) - Portland Trail Blazers
* Mavs - Dallas Mavericks
* Fakers (by haters), Rapers (by haters, in reference to Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case)- Los Angeles Lakers
* Sixers - Philadelphia 76ers
* Sonics, or Supes, or Hedgehogs - Seattle SuperSonics
* Raps - Toronto Raptors
* Cavs - Cleveland Cavaliers
* The Celts, The Green, The C's - Boston Celtics
* The 'Stones - Detroit Pistons
* Da Bulls, Baby Bulls (New era) - Chicago Bulls
* Spazz (by haters) Utah Jazz
* Dubs, Believers - Golden State Warriors

National Hockey League

NHL Team nicknames

* Avs – Colorado Avalanche
* Beaners, The Big Bad Bruins (Used to describe their physical style of play in the 70's) - Boston Bruins
* Oilers – Edmonton Oilers
*"Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" (French, The Blue-White-Red), Habs – Montreal Canadiens
* "Blueshirts – New York Rangers: after their blue jerseys
* Bolts – Tampa Bay Lightning
*Broad Street Bullies (Described their aggressive playing style in the 70's and the location of their arena on Philadelphia's Broad Street) - Philadelphia Flyers
*Buds, Leafs – Toronto Maple Leafs
*'Canes – Carolina Hurricanes
* Caps – Washington Capitals
* Ducks – Anaheim Ducks
* Hawks – Chicago Blackhawks
* Isles – New York Islanders
* Navy Blazers - Columbus Blue Jackets
* Pens – Pittsburgh Penguins
* Preds – Nashville Predators
* Sens – Ottawa Senators
*"Los Tiburones" (Spanish, "The Sharks") – San Jose Sharks
* Wings – Detroit Red Wings

Rugby Union

* All Blacks - New Zealand national team
* All Blacks (or Welsh All Blacks) - Neath RFC
* All Whites - Swansea RFC
* Baa-Baas - Barbarian F.C.
* Black Ferns - New Zealand women's national team
* Les Bleus or le Quinze de France - France national team
* British and Irish Lions (formerly the British Lions) - The touring rugby union team of the British Isles
* "The Boys in Green" - Ireland national team
* Canucks - Canada national team
* The Cherry Blossoms - Japan national team
* The Cherry and Whites - Gloucester
* Eagles - USA national team
* The Exiles - London Irish
* "Isards" (similar to chamois)- Andorra national team
* "okinaIkale Tahi" (Sea Eagles) - Tonga national team
* Leicester Tigers - Leicester Rugby Football Club
* "Lelos" - Georgia national team
* Makos - Tasman, New Zealand
* "Manu Samoa" - Samoa national team
* Mooloo Men - Waikato, New Zealand
* Moufflons - Cyprus national team
* The Naki - Taranaki, New Zealand
* The Oaks ("Stejani" in Romanian) - Romania national team
* "Los Pumas" - Argentina national team
* Reivers - Border Reivers, Scotland
* The Sharks - Natal Sharks
* Springboks, Bokke or Amabokoboko - South African national team
* Steamers - Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
* Steelers - Counties Manukau, New Zealand
* Streeptruie (Literally "The Striped Jerseys") - Western Province (rugby team)
* The Tahs - Used affectionately by fans of the New South Wales rugby union team, the Waratahs
* "Taniwha" - Northland, New Zealand
* "Los Teros" - Uruguay national team
* Wallabies - Australia national team
* Warriors - Glasgow Warriors Rugby Football Club, Scotland
* "Los Condores" - Chile national team

Rugby League

* The Bears - Russia national team
* The Cedars - Lebanon national team
* "Les Chanteclairs" (The Cockerels) or "Les Tricolores" - France national team
* Kangaroos - Australia national team
* Kiwis - New Zealand national team
* Tomahawks - USA national team

Sports stadia and their nicknames


* Boca Juniors Stadium - "La Bombonera" (The Chocolate Box)
* River Plate Stadium - "El Monumental" (The Monumental)
* Vélez Sársfield Stadium - "El Fortín" (The Fort)
* Estadio Club Atletico Rosario Central - "El Gigante de Arroyito" (the Giant of arroyito)


* Melbourne Cricket Ground - the 'G'
* Brisbane Cricket Ground - the Gabba (Located in Woolloongabba)
* Subiaco Oval - Subi'
* Telstra Dome (Melbourne) - The Dome, Colonial (after its former name), The House of Horrors
* Skilled Stadium - The Cattery
* Olympic Park, Melbourne - The Graveyard
* Waverley Park - Arctic Park
* North Melbourne Cricket Ground - Arden Street
* Suncorp Stadium - Lang Park, The Cauldron
* Punt Road Oval (Richmond Cricket Ground) - Tiger Land
* State Netball and Hockey Centre - The Cage


* Wembley Stadium (1923) - The Twin Towers (no longer exists due to stadium redevelopment)
* Old Trafford - The Theatre of Dreams (not exclusive to Old Trafford. Fans of big clubs often use this same nickname to refer to their stadium)
* Celtic Park - Paradise, Parkhead (area of Glasgow where the stadium is located)
* Twickenham - Twickers (Headquarters or HQ (the headquarters of the Rugby Football Union are located in the stadium)
* Kingsholm - Castle Grim
* City of Manchester Stadium - Eastlands
* Boleyn Ground - Upton Park, The Academy of Football (a term more often used to describe the West Ham United club and especially its youth football programme)
* White Hart Lane - The Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur FC
* Stadium Of Light - Reffered to goerdies as the stadium of shite, due to strong rivalry


* BMO Field - Quake on the Lake
* Air Canada Centre - ACC, The Hanger
* Pengrowth Saddledome - The Saddle, Saddledome
* Le Stade Olympique - The Big O
* Rogers Centre - The Dome, Skydome (former name, still popularly used)
* MTS Centre - The Phone Booth
* General Motors Place - GM Place, The Garage


* Beijing National Stadium - the Bird's Nest


* Allianz Arena, München - "Das Schlauchboot" (The Dingy), The Ring of Fire, The UFO


* Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens - "Avenue"

* Karaiskákis Stadium, Piraeus - "Frying Pan"


* Croke Park, Dublin - "Croker"
* Dalymount Park, Dublin - "Dalyer"


* Land Rover Arena, Bologna - "Il Madison"
* Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan - "San Siro"


* Tokyo Dome - "The Big Egg"


* Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam - "De Kuip" (The Tub)
* Euroborg, Groningen - "De Groene Kathedraal" and "De Groene Hel" (The Green Cathedral and The Green Hell resp.)

New Zealand

* Carisbrook, Dunedin - "The House of Pain"

outh Africa

* Kings Park Stadium, Durban - "The Shark Tank"
* Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria - "The Cathedral of Rugby"
* Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - "The Bull Ring"

United States

* Angel Stadium of Anaheim - The Big A, The Big Ed (when Edison International Field)
* AT&T Park - The Phone, McCovey Cove (the latter is actually the minor arm of San Francisco Bay just beyond the right-field fence)
* Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (defunct) - The Launching Pad (from the large number of home runs hit there)
* Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (University of Florida) - The Swamp
* Charlotte Y. Martin Centre (Gonzaga University) - The Kennel (derived from the school's nickname of "Bulldogs")
* Chase Field (formerly known as Bank One Ballpark) - The BOB
* Citizens Bank Park - The Bank
* Cleveland Browns Stadium - The Dawg Pound (traditionally a specific reference to the bleacher section in the east end zone, but also used for the stadium as a whole)
* Carrier Dome (Syracuse University) - The Loud House
* Darlington Raceway - The Track Too Tough to Tame, The Lady in Black
* Dean Smith Center - The Dean Dome
* Dodger Stadium - Chavez Ravine
* Dover International Speedway - The Monster Mile
* Fenway Park - The Fens
* Gillette Stadium - The Razor
* Heinz Field - The Mustard Palace, The Big Ketchup Bottle (Heinz Field has two giant Heinz ketchup bottles at the south end)
* The Home Depot Center (more specifically, its soccer stadium) - Victoria Street (by supporters of its occupants, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA); The Toolbox (by opposing fans)
* HP Pavilion at San Jose - The Shark Tank, The Tank
* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome - Thunderdome, Homerdome, Metrodump
* Indianapolis Motor Speedway - The Brickyard
* Joan C. Edwards Stadium (Marshall University) - The Joan
* Kauffman Stadium - The K
* Kidd Brewer Stadium - "The Rock" - (Appalachian State University)
* Lambeau Field - The Frozen Tundra
* Legion Field - Old Gray Lady
* Lincoln Financial Field - The Linc
* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum- The Grand Old Lady
* LP Field - The Album (so named for Nashville's nickname of "Music City" and the classic LP album)
* M&T Bank Stadium - The Vault
* Madison Square Garden - The World's Most Famous Arena, The Garden, MSG
* McCarthey Athletic Center (Gonzaga University) - The New Kennel
* Mellon Arena - The Igloo
* Memorial Stadium (Clemson University) - Death Valley
* Michigan Stadium - The Big House
* Minute Maid Park - The Juice Box
* Candlestick Park - The Stick
* Notre Dame Stadium - The House That Rockne Built
* Ohio Stadium - The Horseshoe, The 'Shoe
* Oriole Park at Camden Yards - The Yard, Oriole Park, Camden Yards
* Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio) - The Jungle
* Progressive Field - The Jake (when known as Jacobs Field)
* Prudential Center - The Rock
* Qualcomm Stadium - The Q
* Quicken Loans Arena - The Q
* RFK Stadium - The Ref
* TD Banknorth Garden - The Garden
* Tiger Stadium (LSU) - Death Valley
* Tropicana Field - The Trop, The Juicer
* Turner Field - The Ted (from its namesake, Ted Turner)
* University Arena (New Mexico) - The Pit
* US Airways Center (formerly known as America West Arena) - AWA, The Purple Palace
* U.S. Cellular Field - The Cell
* Veterans Stadium - The Vet
* Wachovia Center - (when known as the First Union Center) F.U. Center
* Wrigley Field - The Friendly Confines
* Xcel Energy Center - The X
* Yankee Stadium - The House that Ruth Built, The Cathedral of Baseball, The Front Office of Baseball, The Big Ballpark in The Bronx

Sports stadia and nicknames for the home fans' stand


* Croke Park, Dublin - Hill 16 - The Hill

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