Information about professional sports teams in Miami. Includes professional baseball, basketball, football, and soccer teams based in or near Miami, Florida.
Throughout the year, Miami has many professional and collegiate sports teams to root for. When you’re in Miami, there will be plenty to watch in the world of sports.
The Miami Heat (basketball), the Miami Marlins (baseball) , and the Miami Dolphins (football)comprise the city’s main sports trifecta. Miami’s major sports teams have all won championships, and some of the most popular athletes have played for these hometown teams.
Baseball – Florida Marlins
The Marlins have 2 NL pennants and 2 World Series titles (1997 and 2003). Official Web site of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Florida Marlins baseball team. The Marlins play their home games on the baseball field at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens. See also Wikipedia on the Florida Marlins
The Best Player in Florida Marlins History?
- Miguel Cabrera – Cabrera hit a walk-off home run during his first game with the Marlins and then erupted onto the national scene in Game 4 of the 2003 World Series when Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees demolished him with a fastball up by Cabrera’s chin. Cabrera answered with a two-run home run off Clemens. He was an All-Star for the next four seasons until being traded to Detroit because the Marlins could no longer afford him. He still leads the team in batting average (.313) and intentional walks (70).
- Hanley Ramirez
- Jose Fernandez
- Dontrelle Willis
- Josh Johnson
- Luis Castillo
The Marlins have the honor of winning the World Series in both seasons in which they met the criteria for the postseason, in 1997 and 2003, as the National League wild card team.
Marlins Park is their home park. Despite being one of only two MLB franchises to never win a division title (the other being the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have managed to win two World Series titles as a wild card team.
Basketball – Miami HEAT
Miami Heat, an American professional basketball team based in Miami that competes in the National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference (NBA). The Miami Heat have three NBA titles (2006, 2012, and 2013). The Heat joined the league as an expansion team in 1988, along with the Charlotte Hornets.
Who is the most popular Miami Heat player?
If you didn’t predict Dwyane Wade to top this list, you do not really know the Heat very well. Wade will retire as the third-best shooting guard in NBA history, trailing only Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
The Heat have had empires in the making for the past 15 years, with Glen Rice and Rony Seikaly being the first leaders, Alonzo Mourning as well as Tim Hardaway taking over shortly after, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal emerging a few seasons later, and Wade now working in conjunction with LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Official Web site of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Miami HEAT basketball team. The Miami HEAT play their home games in America Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. See also Wikipedia on the Miami HEAT.
Miami Heat play at AAA arena
In addition to being the home of the Miami Heat, Bayfront Park and the AAA arena itself host a variety of concerts and events. The AAA arena is a short walk of to Bayside, an open air shopping and entertainment center where you can catch a bite to eat, a beverage, listen to live music, travel the bay area on a boat, or simply take in the stunning city views.
Football – Miami Dolphins
Official Web site of the Miami Dolphins American football team. The Dolphins are members of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). They play their home games at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens. See also Wikipedia on the Miami Dolphins.
Miami Dolphins play at Hard Rock Stadium
Visit Hard Rock Stadium to watch the Miami Dolphins safeguard their home field. The Miami Dolphins play in the NFL’s East division, and their fans are among the most devoted in the league. Though the Dolphins have not won an NFL Championship since 1973, diehard Dolphins fans continue to brag about that perfect, unbeaten record that no team has been able to replicate since. Storm or shine, fans keep showing up, tailgate, and cheer for their home team.
Ice Hockey – Florida Panthers
Official Web site of the National Hockey League (NHL) Florida Panthers ice hockey team. The Panthers play their home games at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, a city north of Miami in Broward County Florida. See also Wikipedia on the Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers play at BB&T Center
Attend a Panthers hockey game at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL, and be ready to freeze. During the hockey season, there is seldom if ever an empty seat in the stadium, and Panthers games are a full two hours of entertainment. There’s much to eat inside the stadium, as well as numerous chances to appear on the jumbotron. A Panthers game is an excellent way to commemorate a weekday birthday or reconnect with old friends.
Soccer – Miami FC
The Miami FC professional soccer team was founded in 2006 and it is a member of the First Division of the United Soccer Leagues. The team plays their home games in Tropical Park Stadium on 40th Street in Miami. See also Wikipedia on the Miami FC.
Sports Venues in Miami
Information about stadiums, arenas, and other sports venues in Miami Florida. Includes the American Airlines Arena, Dolphin Stadium, Tropical Park Stadium, and the BankAtlantic Center.
American Airlines Arena
This arena on Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami is used for Miami HEAT Basketball home games and many other concerts and events. It was built to replace the Miami Arena and it opened for the first time on December 31, 1999. The first event held there was a Gloria Estefan concert. Note that Gloria is the owner of the “Bongos” Cuban restaurant located inside the stadium.
This sports stadium in Opa-Locka Florida is use for football, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. It is most well-known as the venue for the home games of the Miami Dolphins NBA American football team and the Florida Marlins MLB baseball team Before it was called Dolphin Stadium it was known at different times as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, and Pro Player Stadium.
This indoor stadium is located in Sunrise Florida, a suburban town north of Miami and west of Fort Lauderdale. It was built in 1998 and it is used as a venue for ice hockey, basketball, boxing, wrestling, concerts, and other events. It is the venue for the home pages of the Florida Panthers NHL ice hockey team.
Tropical Park Stadium
This 7000 seat stadium is the venue for the home games of the Miami FC professional soccer team and it is also used for track and field, equestrian, tennis, rugby, American football, and boxing events. The stadium was built in 1979 on the site of a former horse racing track. In addition to being a venue for spectator sports the park has sports facilities, paved bicycle trails and a fishing lake that are open to the public.
Miami Professional Sports Teams
For better or worse, the Miami market area now has teams in all four major leagues. However, aside from the Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, and Panthers, several other professional sports teams have called Miami home. In fact, the Magic City’s colorful pro sports history predates the establishment of the Dolphins by decades. That list includes the Ethiopian Clowns (basketball’s equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters) and a minor-league basketball team comprised of recovering addicts.