When travellers think of Florida, images of Disney and world-famous theme parks spring to mind. However, there’s more to visiting the Sunshine State than fairytales and white-knuckle rides, especially for lovers of professional sports.
Sport is big in Florida, and visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to supporting teams, cheering on athletes or taking in the splendour of a stadium packed to capacity on game day.
Florida sports betting is on the rise too. A growing number of spectators choose to increase their enjoyment of a fixture by wagering on the outcome. Bets are placed from the comfort of your own home using a desktop computer or on your way to the event using a sportsbook mobile app. Gamblers are in control of how, when, and which sports they lay their cash on.
What Florida has to offer
This article discovers the best sports stadiums, venues, tracks, and arenas Florida has to offer. Travellers are free to attend any sports complex mentioned in this review, either as a visitor or to take in a sports match.
If you intend to attend as a spectator, we advise securing tickets from a licensed vendor beforehand. Doing so will ensure hassle-free entry to the stadium.
It’s also worth researching and planning travel to and from the stadium. Many professional sports venues in Florida are served by public transport.
EverBank Field is the home stadium of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are one of the biggest names in the NFL. You’ll find this arena in downtown Jacksonville near the St. Johns River.
With a capacity of over 67,000, it’s a spectacular sight when empty and amazing when full of supporters. As well as the NFL, the stadium also hosts the US national soccer team for international matches.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
This venue is close to Disneyland, so if you find yourself on a family vacation and need a break from it, all the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex makes sense.
It boasts volleyball courts, basketball courts, inline rinks, softball, track and field, tennis, baseball, marathon facilities, and more for the sports all-rounders. The venue also hosts major sporting events throughout the year, so check the schedule and be alert for ticket sales.
Hard Rock Stadium
You’ll find Hard Rock Stadium at Miami Gardens, Florida, and this arena will feature on the list of most visitors with a passion for sports. The Hard Rock Stadium provides the setting for NFL team Miami Dolphins’ home games.
This venue isn’t just famous for football; it is a multi-use arena, staging professional wrestling and concerts. No less than five Super Bowls were played here.
Located in Miami, Florida, Marlins Park is a baseball field used by the MLB team the Miami Marlins. There’s plenty to see if you are a fan of contemporary architecture, and the stadium has an abstract design.
Marlins Park boasts a retractable roof, allowing play in all weathers. There’s also a swimming pool, night club and various fish tanks. Marlins may not be the traditional sports venue, but you could regret it if you are in the area and don’t pay a visit.
Ice may not be something you’d expect to see in the Sunshine State, but if you are a follower of the NHL, Amalie Arena is worth visiting. This arena is home to Tampa Bay Lightning. You’ll find it downtown Channelside in Tampa.
Events such as football, basketball and concerts take place here. When visiting the stadium’s official website, you will find a list of upcoming fixtures for Tampa Bay Lightning and other events. There is also information on how to purchase official tickets.
American Airlines Arena
Visit the Waterfront in Downtown Miami, and you will see the stunning American Airlines Arena. Home to the NBA team Miami Heat this arena on game night is at capacity.
Getting your hands on a ticket isn’t easy, but it’s worth trying. If you are a fan of basketball, this is a must-see. The die-hard Heat fans welcome several hundred tourists eager to see what all the fuss is about as the Miami players play for victory.