Miami plays host to professional teams, college teams, some unusual sports and high school teams- and they’re all top-notch. If you’re planning a trip to Miami and you’re a sports fan there’s something for you; become a Dolfan, feel the Heat, head over to the brand new Marlins Stadium, or catch a game of Jai-Alai, just to name a few of the many sporting events that can quickly fill up your itinerary with peanuts, nachos and dollar beers.
For just about two years the national sports conscious has been fixated on Miami ever since LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach. The Miami Heat is the talk of the basketball town, and in this town the Heat reign supreme over the Miami sports scene. Heat games held in the white, modern and totally Miamiesque American Airlines Arena, or AAA, on the bay, are packed with well heeled Miamians and fans from all over alike. The Heat’s Three Kings, Trio-Five, or the Big Three, have secured their second NBA championship and have promised many more!
In other big Miami sports news, our professional baseball franchise, the Florida Marlins have been renamed the Miami Marlins and are looking to make a splash in their brand new stadium’s inaugural year. New Marlins Ballpark is in the heart of Little Havana and takes the place on the skyline of the historic Orange Bowl, where such big names like Michael Jackson kicked off a world tour, John F. Kennedy gave a speech and countless Super Bowls were held. The new stadium has a retractable roof and is air-conditioned. We can look forward to a cool season (April-October) in the midst of the scorching Miami summer and no more rain delays. Suddenly, the Marlins got a whole lot cooler. The Marlins have a new logo, new uniforms, a whole new look and the city no longer has to share them with the rest of the state- the Miami Marlins are our newest sports team.
The Miami Dolphins, Miami’s football team and oldest team, was founded in 1966 and still holds the record for the only undefeated team in American professional sports. The stadium lies on the county line between Miami Dade and Broward County, so it’s easily accessible from Miami, the Beaches, and Ft. Lauderdale. The Dolphins (September-February) may be in the midst of a rough few years but the games are still energy filled and action packed. In fact, the stadium even has it’s own club, aptly called, The Club.
Winter sports may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of sunny Miami sports, but the Florida Panthers, our professional ice hockey team, are also based out of Miami. In 1997 the Panthers gained national attention for a winning streak that some superstitious attribute to the discovery of a rat in the locker room. The fans littered the rink with small rubber rats and hockey had a moment in Miami. This season (October-April), the rubber rats are back as a team symbol and the team again looks promising. Hopefully some of that superstition pays off.
NASCAR fans probably already know of the tripleheader races to close out the season for all three of NASCAR’s top national series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck (November). The brisk tailgating weather of the 80-degree Miami fall makes it an ideal escape for NASCAR enthusiasts right at the cusp of winter. The Homestead-Miami Speedway is an oval shaped track completed in 1995 that seats 65,000 people. Take a cooler, some sunscreen and you’re off to the races.
Jai-Alai, the fast paced main attraction in 50’s and 60’s Miami, is still alive and well in the Magic City. This old Basque game is touted as the world’s fastest paced sport. For just a dollar you can enjoy a Jai-Alai game in a venue that still looks and feels like 1955 and enjoy a beer for just a dollar too. You can place a bet for as little at two dollars and imagine what the stadium looked like in 1975, filled completely to its 15,000+ seat capacity.
Come to Miami for a vacation and enjoy a truly local cultural experience live and in person at any of our professional sporting events. For tickets, check Ticketmaster.com or the team’s official website.
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