For those initiated in the unique world of American sports, the three main national games are (American) football, basketball and Miami architects. The sports are often referred to by the names of the leagues that encompass the biggest teams in the USA, namely the NFL (football), NBA (basketball) and MLB (baseball).
To understand just how passionate this patriotic nation is about it’s sports, you really have to experience the atmosphere first-hand. With three huge sports teams in Miami, those wanting to soak up some of that sporting atmosphere will be spoilt for choice.
Miami Heat – Miami Heat are currently one of the top sides in the NBA, boasting the considerable talents of “The Big Three”, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. They are currently in a great run of form, finishing as second seed in last seasons play-offs.
Miami Heat play their games at the American Airlines Arena, set in the heart of Downtown Miami. The small crowd size of approximately 3000, and close proximity seats offer an incomparable atmosphere.
Miami Dolphins – In comparison with Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena, the recently renamed Sun Life Stadium offers a entirely different experience. The stadium’s enormous capacity of 75,192 makes it one of the largest sports facilities in the world, and the noise inside the stadium can reach deafening levels.
The Dolphins themselves had been going through a rocky period, but seem to have stabilised as of late, under head coach Sam Sparano. But the Dolphins are yet to reach the dizzy heights set by legendary head coach Don Shula, who produced an unprecedented undefeated season in 1972.
Miami Marlins – The Miami Marlins, previously known as the Florida Marlins, have recently built a new stadium on the historic former site of the Orange Bowl Arena, in Little Havana. The stadium has been designed specifically for baseball, and therefore offers the best possible sight-lines for baseball fans. The stadium also has a retractable roof, so games can be played in all weather conditions.
Although the team aren’t doing particularly well at the moment, the new stadium is well worth a look, and the future looks bright for the Marlins!
All the previously mentioned teams and stadiums are a must-see when visiting Miami, however, before planning your visit be sure to check traffic reports as traffic in Miami can be notoriously bad. Alternatively, if you’re on vacation, plan ahead and make sure your Miami hotel is situated within easy reach of the venues you wish to travel to.
Also, be aware that the sports seasons start at different times of the year, so be sure to check what’s on well in advance. Miami offers the perfect introduction to the crazy world of American sports, and there’s no better place to discover the sporting joys that this unique country has to offer.