Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple A minor league team of the Detroit Tigers, plays home baseball games from spring through September at Fifth Third Field in Toledo’s Warehouse District. Fans get the chance to see future major leaguers as well as current major leaguers sent down for rehab or to better hone their skills.
A number of special events and promotions add to the game fun, as do the ballpark foods, including the new Fifth Third Fanatic Freeze Sunday (15 scoops), plus assorted other hot eats and cool treats, like hot dogs and burgers, peanuts and popcorn and fried bologna, gyros, chicken Philly sandwiches and more.
406 Washington St., Toledo
The Toledo Walleye, an ECHL hockey league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, play from October until spring at the new $105 million, 8,000-seat Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The Walleye posted a 35-30-7 record and made the first round of the playoffs in their inaugural 2009-2010 season. A total of 234,220 fans turned out to see the new team, which included a dozen sellouts.
406 Washington St., Toledo
419-725-WALL, visit www.toledowalleye.com.
Watch live harness racing from the enclosed grandstand with restaurant or from trackside at Raceway Park. Racing goes now through Oct. 24 this season. Post times are 6 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays, when you can enjoy Super Savings Sundays with $1 prices for admission, programs, hot dogs and soda until closing. The track also offers buffets, live simulcasts of races elsewhere -- including the Preakness and Kentucky Derby -- and hosts summertime concerts and cookouts. For more info, call
5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo
419- 476-7751, www.racewayparktoledo.com
ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car, factory stocks and sportsman racing on Friday nights from April through October. Toledo Speedway has long been known for being one of the best short tracks in the country with its half-mile semi-banked oval and quarter-mile figure eight in the middle. Special events include a monster truck show July 23-24 and the 22nd running of the Glass City 200 on Oct. 2.
5639 Benore Rd., Toledo
419-727-1100, visit www.toledospeedway.com
The Fremont Speedway, located at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, plays host to exciting open-wheel racing just about every Saturday night April to September. Races at “The Track That Action Built” keep fans on the edge of their seats as 410 and 305 sprint cars and trucks battle wheel to wheel, sliding around the third-mile semi-banked clay oval. Racing is planned every Saturday night in 2010 (except July 17 and Aug. 21). Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.
Rawson and North Front Street, Fremont.
419-307-4241 (office), 419-333-0478 (track), www.fremontohspeedway.com
Summit Motorsports Park
Top alcohol fuel dragsters and funny cars with 8,000 horsepower engines scream down the track from zero to 300 mph at Summit Motorsports Park. Racing is held Fridays and Saturdays and sometimes Sundays from now through October. Wednesdays are Hot Norwalk Nights until the end of September. Special events include, Pinks: All Out and the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in June, the nostalgic Gasser reunion and Night Under Fire in July, the Goodguys Blue Suede Cruise in August, and more.
1300 SR 13, Norwalk
If bowling’s up your alley…
The lights go out, but it’s not because the bowling center failed to pay the electric bill.
Glow bowling requires that patrons play in the dark, the better to see the luminescent glowing bowling balls as they roll down the alley. Several area bowling centers off glow bowling, as well as bumper rails to keep the balls out of the gutters for kids and newbie bowlers who need a little help getting, well, rolling.
Local lanes include:
• Bay Center Recreation, 3316 Navarre Ave. (SR 2), Oregon. 419-691-3593
• Eastern Freeway Lanes, 3511 Woodville Rd. at I-280, Northwood. 419-691-8551
• Toledo Sports Center, 1516 Starr Ave., Toledo. 419-693-0687
• Clay Center Recreation, 315 Main St., Clay Center, 419-855-3636
• Tri County Bowling Lanes, 512 Lime St., Woodville. 419-849-3400
• 20th Century Lanes, 1284 S. SR 19, Oak Harbor. 419-898-8701
There are plenty of activities for everyone at the Eastern Community YMCA, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities like swimming, volleyball, tennis, gym, saunas and more. Meeting rooms and childcare are available.
2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon
No matter the weather outside you can always enjoy skating indoors year-round at Fun Spot Arena. Founded in 1960, the family-owned rink offers in-line skating on an old-fashioned roller skating rink.
525 Earlwood Ave., Oregon
College World Series
The 16-team, 31 game wood bat National Amateur Baseball Federation LineDrive College World Series will be held Aug 5-8 at Ned Skeldon Stadium, Owens Community College and Rich Arbinger Field at Bowman Park. This summer college baseball tournament draws the best college teams from leagues throughout the country and showcases many of tomorrow’s future professional baseball players. For info, call Shawn Sobel at 419-936-3887.