Greater Miami and the Beaches is in a league of its own. With superstar athletes, championship professional and college teams, international golf and tennis tournaments, motorsports, and horse and dog racing, Greater Miami offers the hottest sports action under the sun.
Introducing The Miami Marlins
A new era in Greater Miami’s sporting life is beginning. In April 2012, Miami’s baseball team unveiled a new ballpark – the newest and finest in Major League Baseball. At the same time, the Florida Marlins, who won World Series championships in 1997 and 2003, have been renamed the “Miami Marlins.”
Located on the site of the historic Orange Bowl in the Little Havana neighborhood near Downtown Miami, the new Marlins Park has 37,000 seats close to the natural grass playing field. A sophisticated three-panel roof system provides a comfortable climate in any weather, letting in the tropical breezes. There’s also a grand plaza with live entertainment. Designed by architecture firm Populous Inc. as a baseball-only park, the Marlins’ Stadium has clear sightlines from every seat, keeping fans close to the action. On the open Promenade Level, you can get a 360-degree live view of the playing field from anywhere. In addition, a moveable glass wall in left field showcases a spectacular panorama of Downtown Miami.
Groups of Marlins fans can reserve The Clevelander, a private seating and lounge area that includes access to a pool behind the left field wall. You can relax with family or friends, and watch the baseball game from the pool, the bar, or from seats at field level for the ultimate fan experience. The Marlins’ Park is the latest chapter in Greater Miami’s rich sporting history. This truly is one of the world’s great cities to watch your favorite professional and college teams, get a close-up look at star athletes and participate in your own favorite pastime. Here’s a closer look at the sporting life in Greater Miami.
The Heat, The Dolphins, Tennis and NASCAR
The biggest story in professional sports in recent years is the remarkable ascent of the Miami HEAT. Led by NBA Hall of Famer, Shaquille O'Neal, and LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the HEAT captured the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Eastern Conference crown in 2006, 2011 and 2013. The HEAT — who already have the 2006 NBA championship to their credit — are looking to regain that summit. Their home games at 20,000-seat AmericanAirlines Arena on Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami are the hottest sports tickets in town. To the north, the National Football League’s (NFL's) Miami Dolphins play their home games at the Hard Rock Stadium, just off Dan Marino Boulevard and easily accessible from anywhere in South Florida.
The Dolphins are looking to get back in the playoffs once again. After all, the ‘Fins are still the only NFL team to complete a perfect season, going 17-0 with a Super Bowl victory in 1972.
The stars of other sports shine on Greater Miami as well.
In tennis, the world’s top-rated stars converge on Key Biscayne every year for the Miami Open.
Located 30 miles south of Downtown Miami, Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the leading venues on the NASCAR circuit with seating for 65,000 and plenty of tailgating space for motorsports fans.
Each November during Ford Championship Weekend, NASCAR crowns champions in three of its top tiers: the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series.
College Teams and Championship Events
Since 1935, Miami has hosted the Orange Bowl, crowning many champions of college football. Now played in the New Miami Stadium, the Capital One Orange Bowl is one of the prestigious College football playoff games. College sports fans also cheer for the University of Miami Hurricanes, who have won national titles in football, baseball and many other sports throughout the decades There is also plenty of sporting excitement at Florida International University, whose Panthers’ football and basketball teams compete in the Conference USA.
The Miami Beach Bowl is one of the youngest college football bowl games, but it is already becoming a team and fan favorite with its stunning venue and beach-style atmosphere. It's a matchup made in football heaven, as Miami hosts a college bowl game that's made for the beach life.
Let the Games Begin: From Horse Racing to Bowling
Visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches can create their own winning tradition by enjoying a variety of gaming activities. The choices include thoroughbred horse racing at Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens, and greyhound racing at Magic City Casino. For singles, couples and families, bowling is another exciting way to spend a day or evening. Among the options is Lucky Strike Lanes in South Beach.
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