SPORTS

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Spectator Sports

South Florida has a rich option for spectator sports. It has professional teams in American Football (Miami Dolphins), Basketball (Miami Heat) and Ice Hockey (Florida Panthers), each with their own ultra-modern stadiums. University of Miami has a nationally rated American Football team (Hurricanes). Professional football is played on Sundays and college football on Saturdays. Baseball (Florida Marlins) presently borrow the Dolphin's stadium until their new one is built and Soccer (Miami F.C.) has a stadium in Tropical Park. Apart from this there are two hippodromes, Calder and Hialeah Park. Race season is during the winter months. There is also a greyhound track (Flagler) and a Jai Alai Fronton (Miami Jai Alai). Jai Alai is considered as the fastet game in the world.

Recently State Laws have been modified to allow limited gambling at certain sports venues. These are at horse and greyhound race courses and the Jai Alai Fronton.

Championship Sports

Miami can claim three major world championship sports events. This is due to it's location in the northern hemisphere, but with very mild winters. The Crandon Park Tennis Center is home to the Sony Eriksson Open, Doral Golf Resort where the World Golf Championship is held each March. Homstead Speedway, a NASCAR track, hosts the Ford Championship Weekend. The Miami Marathon is becoming world famous for its fast and dramatically inspiring route.

Participatory Sports

Due to South Florida's year-round mild climate, this is an ideal area to participate in sports. Especially popular is golf, with over 30 courses in Miami-Dade County, including the famous Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort. Tennis is very popular here with courts all over the county. Of note is the magnificant Crandon Park Tennis Centre where the Sony Ericsson Open is held every year. Obviously water sports are a big attraction here and we cover sailing, boating, diving and snorkelling.