A trip to the Superbowl starts in Ohio
Our teams may not make the Superbowl, but our history certainly does.
Only 17 years after the Wright brothers invented the world’s first practical airplane in Dayton, Ohio our same city hosted the NFL’s very first game (and won). On October 3, 1920 the Dayton Triangles won 14-0 over the Columbus Panhandles at Triangle Park in Dayton.
100 years later: Whether the teams you love are in Superbowl LIV or not, the game wouldn’t be the same without that heart-pounding, fist-pumping, bring-you-to-tears American moment: the flyover.
This NFL trip through Ohio will have you dancing in the end zone:
1 Dayton Triangles
Carillon Historical Park
1000 Carillon Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45409
Start by grabbing your Dayton Triangles apparel at Carillon Historical Park. You'll be the envy of the Monday Morning Quarterbacks at the office, and not just for your awesome new set of vintage tees. Climb the Brethen Tower, have a hearty breakfast at Culp's Cafe or enjoy a craft beer in the museum's historic brewery, and make sure to check out the original 1905 Wright Flyer III. *cover image is from the collections at Dayton HistoryOpen In Google Maps
2 Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
118 Woodland Ave.
Dayton, OH 45409
The famous football players resting peacefully at Woodland Cemetery include Carl Storck, Dayton Triangles Coach and National Football League President. He was the founding owner of the Dayton Triangles and co-founder of the National Football League. He served as President of the NFL from 1939 to 1941.Open In Google Maps
3 Triangle Park
2680 Ridge Ave
Dayton, OH 45414
Triangle Park, home of the NFL's first game, is located on the nation's largest paved trail network. With over 340 miles of paved trails, you can end up anywhere from Cincinnati to Columbus.Open In Google Maps
4 Wilson Football Factory
Wilson Football Factory
217 N. Liberty St.
Ada, OH 45810
You need to call ahead for a factory tour, but this hometown pride has been making the NFL's footballs since 1955.Open In Google Maps
5 Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44708
This is a must-see for anyone who loves the game. The Hall of Fame Gallery houses 326 bronze busts of each of the Hall of Famers and numerous interactive exhibits take you through the 100 years of NFL history.Open In Google Maps
6 American Whistle Corporation
American Whistle Corporation
6540 Huntley Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229
As crazy as it may seem, not only is Ohio the producer of the footballs, but we also produce the whistles! American Whistle Corporation is the only metal whistle manufacturer in the United States. We apologize in advance for that blown whistle on your team's penalty...Open In Google Maps