TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
One of the smallest clubs in the German first division soccer league (Bundesliga), TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has a loyal following in the region. A fifth division team in 2000, the club rose to the ranks of the first division in 2008. This was in no small part due to the 240 million euros invested by the club's benefactor, Dietmar Hopp, one of the founders of the software giant SAP. The club now plays in the modern Rhine-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim with a seating capacity of 30,000.
Known by their fans affectionately as the Owls, TSG Friesenheim broke through to the first division handball league in 2010/11. Unfortunately, the team wasn't able to maintain this distinction very long and was relegated to the second division in the following season. The Owls have a strong youth program and fans hope that the team will soon achieve first division status again.
The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is particularly proud of its first division handball team, the Rhine-Neckar Löwen. The German handball league is considered one of the most competitive in the world and attracts players from throughout Europe. Although HSG has not yet won the German title, it won the EHF Cup in 2012/2013.
The Adler Mannheim has played in the first division of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) since 1994, and were one of the league's founding teams. The city closely identifies with the Adler,and, indeed, the team colors of blue, white and red are identical with those of the city flag. Home games are played in the impressive SAP-Arena, with a seating capacity of 13,600. The team has been one of the most successful in the DEL, capturing the championship six times.
Just off the A6 Autobahn and about 25 kilometers south of Mannheim is the German Mecca of motorsport - the Hockenheimring. Mor than 100,000 motorsports fans make their pilgrimage to the race track to see Formula 1 racing and cheer on hometown hero and three-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, who hails from nearby Heppenheim. In addition to Formula 1 racing, Hockenheim also hosts the German Touring Car Masters (DTM), the ADAC GT Masters, the Hockenheim Classics and many others races.