Annual Miami Sporting Events

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By: Joel Delgado

If you are a sports fan, Miami is the place to be. No matter what time of the year it is, there is always something for fans and sporting enthusiasts to look forward to.

Miami sports teams like the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat entertain sports fans all year round while annual events like the Miami Marathon attract participants from all over the world to the Magic City.

In Miami, there is no offseason! Here are the biggest sports events Miami has to offer every year.

Football

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have an illustrious history, which include Super Bowl titles, Hall of Fame inductees like star quarterback Dan Marino and legendary coach Don Shula and the only ‘perfect season’ in National Football League (NFL) history. Playing their first game in 196, the Dolphins are Miami’s oldest professional sports team.

The Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium, a 65,000-seat stadium featuring an open-air canopy roof that protects most fans from rain, four state-of-the-art video boards and great views of the game no matter where you sit. The NFL regular season runs from early September to late December.

Baseball

Miami Marlins

The two-time World Series-champion Miami Marlins have been the city’s Major League Baseball (MLB) club since 1993 and home to some of the most exciting memories for Miami’s sports fans.

The team plays its home games at Marlins Park in Little Havana, a state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium that provides a comfortable experience for fans to take in the ball game during the hot summer months. The MLB regular season runs from early April to late September.

Basketball

Miami Heat

Playing their home games in the AmericanAirlines Arena in the heart of Downtown, the Miami Heat are one of the hottest tickets in town.

With three National Basketball Association (NBA) titles and a colorful history filled with superstars like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Alonzo Mourning, the Heat are one of the most popular teams in the league. The NBA season starts in October and ends in mid-April.

College Sports

If you are into college sports, there is no shortage of Division I sports offerings in Miami. The University of Miami Hurricanes and FIU Panthers each field dozens of Division I sports teams for fans to enjoy.

The University of Miami, a member of the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC), has a storied history in football with multiple national championships and a long list of alumni who have gone on to become NFL stars. You can cheer on ‘The U’ during home games at Hard Rock Stadium throughout the fall.

FIU’s football program, which calls Conference USA (C-USA) its home conference, is a program on the rise with several bowl appearances in its young history. The Panthers play their home games at Riccardo Silva Stadium, a 20,000-seat stadium on the university’s campus.

Both schools also have college basketball games played throughout the winter months and college baseball action during the spring played on their respective campuses.

The Orange Bowl

One of Miami’s most cherished sports traditions, the Capital One Orange Bowl treats college football fans to one of the most exciting matchups in college football each year at Hard Rock Stadium.

As part of the College Football Playoff rotation, the Orange Bowl also serves as a host site for a playoff semifinal game every three years and will host a playoff game in 2018.

Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

Since 2003, the Fitbit Miami Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half Marathon (13.1 miles) has attracted thousands of runners from around the globe to fly down to South Florida at the end of January with its breathtaking course and vibrant atmosphere.

Starting at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Downtown Miami, the race takes runners through some of Miami’s most scenic and iconic locations, including Ocean Drive, Coconut Grove and Bayfront Park.

Miami Iron Man

The Miami Iron Man, which is held annually in October, represents the ultimate test of an athlete’s endurance. The race starts in Bayfront Park with a 1.2 mile swim in Biscayne Bay, followed by a single loop 56-mile bike ride towards the Everglades and back to Downtown Miami where athletes finish the race with a 13.1 half marathon. That’s a total of 70.3 miles. They don’t call it ‘Iron Man’ for nothing.

Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run

One of the most popular 5Ks in the city, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run brings entire workplaces together for the largest office party in town every April.

With roughly 25,000 runners participating annually, it’s the third largest 5K in the United States and the largest in Florida. It’s also for a great cause, with millions of dollars donated to local charities annually.

Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Miami became the home of the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race in 2017 when the first Pegasus World Cup Invitational was held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach.

The annual race held in January features 12 horses racing for $16 million, attracting the best horses and owners from around the world and offering fans a horse racing experience like none other.

Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Thousands of onlookers gather on the sands of Miami Beach for several days in January to watch the stylish sport of polo, which features skilled riders on horseback, during the illustrious Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

With teams competing in a round-robin tournament over the course of several days, skilled riders on horseback battle to score the most goals over the course of four periods called “chukkers” in an enclosed sand arena.

The Miami Open

The Miami Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, attracting the sport’s top-ranked players – including Roger Federer and Serena Williams – for two weeks of thrilling competition each spring in Key Biscayne.

Thousands of passionate fans from all over visit South Florida to see the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports converge for the event, which will move from Key Biscayne to Hard Rock Stadium starting in 2019.

Miami Sailing Week

The Miami Sailing Week international regatta features hundreds of sailors representing countries from all over the world gathering under sunny skies on Biscayne Bay in early March to compete for various acclaimed Miami Sailing Week trophies.

From art and cultural exhibits to social events, Miami Sailing Week Village in Coconut Grove will feature a week of engaging activities for sailors, visitors and the local community to enjoy.

Yamaha Contender Sportfish Tournament

With a $30,000 top prize, the Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament is one of the most exciting sportfishing events of the year.

Held early in the summer at the Miami Beach Marina, anglers compete for a wide range of awards and prizes and enjoy a weekend of fun festivities, such as the Baywalk Party. Proceeds from the event are donated to area marine conservation organizations, education programs and scholarships.

Ford Championship Weekend

Homestead-Miami Speedway is home to the final race weekend of the NASCAR season in November, dubbed Ford Championship Weekend, where all three of its major series run their last races and officially crown their champions.

The main event is Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, the exhilarating final race in the NASCAR Cup Series with championship stakes on the line contested over 267 laps covering 400.5 miles.

Junior Orange Bowl

The Junior Orange Bowl hosts a number of athletic competitions that are part of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival season, which attracts thousands of youth from Miami and beyond.

Some of the events include the JV Basketball Classic, the Junior Orange Bowl Cross Country Invitational and the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, to name just a few. The series of events held throughout the year culminates in the Junior Orange Bowl Parade.

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