While there's no shortage of recreational activities in the Magical City, professional sports are definitely major league in South Florida, which boasts franchises in baseball, football and basketball, not to mention impressive college teams and other pro sporting events. Greater Miami and the Beaches, sports fans win every time. With franchises in every major sport, Miami boasts a year-round calendar of athletic excitement. In addition, Miami plays host to college teams, internationally-renowned golf and tennis tournaments, car racing, and greyhound and horse racing. Visitors can hit the links on more than 30 public and private golf courses or practice their serves on more than 250 public tennis courts. They may also enjoy specialized workouts and training classes along with invigorating spa treatments in soothing tropical settings at Miami's sumptuous spas. The most important teams in Miami are Miami Dolphins (professional football), Miami Heat (Professional basketball), Florida Marlins - 2003 World Series Champions (professional baseball), Florida Panthers (professional ice hockey), and Miami Hurricanes (University of Miami college football).
NASCAR has selected the Homestead Miami Speedway to host its season-ending championship event on an annual basis, as the Nextel Cup roars to a conclusion each year. Miami is also the site of one of the nation’s fastest growing marathons. The ING Tropical Marathon attracts the top runners from around the world to enjoy one of the most scenic courses anywhere.
No city has crowned more Super Bowl champions than Miami, including Super Bowl XLI in 2007, and a return visit to Dolphin Stadium slated for 2010. The FedEx Orange Bowl continues its annual tradition, celebrating the best of college football. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is also set to return to Miami in 2009.
With our year-round weather, state of the art facilities, shopping, attractions, golf courses, hotels, beaches, and everything else, Miami has become the destination of choice for many other events at every different level. The opportunities are endless.
Miami Golf. Greater Miami has plenty to brag about when it comes to golf courses. We feature some of the most difficult courses in the world, and some courses have been rated in the top 10 courses by Golfweek. With courses as impressive as those, it's little wonder that a number of great professional golf tournaments call the city home. We even have the only public Miami Beach golf course in the Continental U.S. utilizing Paspalum grass.
Greater Miami and the Beaches is home to one of four World Golf Championship events, the CA Championship, which features the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking along with top finishers on the money lists of the six Tours comprising the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Australasian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour).
Tennis. The dream of an international tennis tournament in Miami began three decades ago, when top tennis players such as Jack Kramer, Frank Sedgman, Pancho Gonzalez, Pancho Segura and Butch Buchholz toured the country in a station wagon, playing tennis in darkened arenas and fairgrounds. Speaking after the successful conclusion of the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott made the announcement that live streaming of final matches will be available from Tier I tournaments in 2008.