Where To Watch & Play Sports In Miami

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By: Kara Franker

If you’re a sports fan, Miami has something for you. Become a “Dolfan”, feel the HEAT 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, ballpark nachos and cold beers.


Catch a pro game: In this town the Miami HEAT reigns supreme over the sports-meets-social scene. Games are held downtown in the state-of-the-art FTX Arena, on Biscayne Bay. A swanky social scene for socialites, well-heeled Miamians and fans from all over the world fill the arena to watch superstars.

Play for fun: Test your skills on the court and play an outside pick-up game at Jose Marti Park on the border of Brickell and Little Havana, Flamingo Park in the heart of South Beach, Alice C. Wainwright Park on the waterfront in Coconut Grove and Margaret Pace Park in Downtown Miami's Edgewater neighborhood. Or if you book a room at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, you’ll have access to their NBA-sized indoor basketball court.

Hard Rock Stadium
Hard Rock Stadium


Catch a pro gameThe Miami Dolphins, the city’s oldest sports franchise, was founded in 1966 and still holds the record for the only undefeated team in American professional sports. Dolphins' games are energy-filled and action-packed. Fans will soon be able to enjoy the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium with amenities such as an open-air canopy to provide shade, brand new seats and a new array of concession options.

Play for fun: Toss the football around at any of the area public parks or beaches. During the offseason it’s not uncommon to find NFL players training at the football field at South Beach’s Flamingo Park.


Catch a pro game: The Miami Marlins loanDepot ballpark is located in the heart of Little Havana and has a retractable roof. Beat the heat and watch summer baseball games in a fun-filled air-conditioned atmosphere. In 2017, Marlins Park hosted the MLB All-Star Game, a gathering of the sports elite, which included a Home Run Derby, Futures Games and Fan Fest at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Marlins, under the leadership of new owners Bruce Sherman and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter, have turned their minor league system into one of baseball’s best and look to return to World Series form in the near future.

Play for fun: Practice your swing at one of the following batting cage facilities in Miami: Tamiami Park, Line Drive Performance or Slugger's Inc.

Miami FC
Miami FC


Catch a pro game: Reserve your seats and get your gear now because Beckham is coming! Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami is coming soon to Freedom Park in Miami and fans are preparing now for some of the best pro soccer yet to be seen. Also known as Inter Miami CF or Inter Miami, is the first MLS professional soccer expansion team to be based in Miami, Florida starting in 2020.

Miami FC began its inaugural season in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2020; the second-tier of the American soccer pyramid. Before moving to the USL, the team played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). They currently play their home games at Riccardo Silva Stadium on the campus of Florida International University.

Play for fun: Rent an entire soccer field for yourself and your friends, or join a pick-up game in Miami at Play Soccer Miami with locations in Esther Mae Armbrister Park (Coconut Grove) and Kendall Soccer ParkAmelia Earhart Park recently renovated its soccer facility and now has six regulation soccer fields to rent for leagues and tournaments. Also, check out Soccer Town Miami’s field located in Midtown.

Ice Hockey

Catch a pro game: Winter sports may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of sunny Miami sports, but the Florida Panthers is a National Hockey League (NHL) professional ice hockey team. Watch pro players duke it out on the frigid ice.

Play for fun: Bundle up and strap on some skates at the Kendall Ice Arena located in suburban Miami. Hockey and ice-skating lessons are also available.

Homestead Miami Speedway
Homestead Miami Speedway

Race Cars

Catch a pro game: The weather in Miami makes it an ideal escape for NASCAR enthusiasts. Homestead Miami Speedway, host to the Dixie Vodka 400 weekend in March, features an oval-shaped track that seats 65,000 people. Take a cooler, some sunscreen and you’re off to the races. The track also hosts over 200 events throughout the year so be sure to check out their calendar of events for fun things to do on asphalt!

Play for fun: Not only does Homestead-Miami Speedway host events where you can drive like the pros, located near the airport, K1 Speed brings the thrill of go-kart racing to Miami with an indoor, professionally designed track and electric karts.

Other Pro Sports

The Miami Tridents play action-packed rugby games at Ben Franklin Park in North Miami.

Gulfstream Park Racetrack & Casino in Aventura is one of the nation’s premier thoroughbred racetracks offering year-round championship racing. Experience heart-pounding action from the grandstands or be pampered like royalty while enjoying the views from a private luxury suite.

Jai-Alai, the fast paced main attraction in 50’s and 60’s Miami, is still alive and well in the Magic City. 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.

College Sports

College sports fans love to cheer for the University of Miami Hurricanes, who have won national titles in football, baseball and many other sports throughout the decades.

There’s also plenty of sporting excitement at Florida International University, whose Panthers compete in Conference USA.

Other Miami hometown college sports teams include: ASA College Silver Storm, Barry University Buccaneers, Florida Memorial University Fighting Lions, Florida National University Conquistadors, Johnson & Wales University Wildcats, Miami Dade College Sharks, and the St. Thomas University Bobcats.

World Polo League Beach Polo, Miami Beach
World Polo League Beach Polo, Miami Beach

Annually Held Sporting Events

Capital One Orange Bowl: Since 1935, Miami has hosted the Orange Bowl, crowning many champions of college football. Now played in the Hard Rock Stadium, the Capital One Orange Bowl is one of the prestigious post season college football games.

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica Tour Championship: Held annually in Miami, the tour championship is the only PGA LatinoAmerica stop in the continental United States. The event, with a limited-field of 60 players, crowns its tour champion in Miami. The winner receives fully exempt status on the Korn Ferry Tour while the top five finishers receive conditional status and top 10 are exempt into the final stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Miami Open: The top tennis players in the world all descend on Miami Gardens and Hard Rock Stadium for the Miami Open tennis tournament each year in the spring. The tournament is part of the men’s ATP Tour Masters 1000 circuit and is a premier mandatory event of the women’s WTA Tour. The Open has been held annually in Miami since 1987.

World Polo League Beach Polo, Miami Beach: They don’t call it the “sport of kings” for nothing; the World Polo League Beach Polo, Miami Beach returns to the sands of South Beach every year. The event features an international lineup of teams coming from all over the world and matches are held directly on the beach.

Miami Marathon & Half Marathon: Join 25,000 fellow runners for mile after mile of tropical views and sounds! Enjoy the fabulous Miami hot spots along our beautiful course that have been featured on hit TV shows and movies. Friends, family and thousands of screaming fans will line up along the 26.2 miles of roadways filled with inspiring sights and sounds. Plus, join our Half Marathon or Tropical 5K and see why so many choose to RUN MIAMI!

Miami Sports and Sporting Events

Check out our list of sports in Miami and our sporting events calendar.

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