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Sports

See also: U.S. cities with teams from four major sports

Miami's main four sports teams are the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association, the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball, and the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. As well as having all four major professional teams, Miami is also home to Miami United F.C., the Sony Ericsson Open for professional tennis, numerous greyhound racing tracks, marinas, jai alai venues, and golf courses. The city streets has hosted professional auto races, the Miami Indy Challenge and later the Grand Prix Americas, whereas the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval located 35 miles southwest currently hosts NASCAR national races.

In 1946, the Miami Seahawks played in the All-America Football Conference for one season, 1946, and then folded. The city's first entry into the American Football League was the Miami Dolphins, which competed in the fourth AFL league from 1966 to 1969. In 1996, Miami acquired the AFL team the Sacramento Attack, which was renamed as the Miami Hooters (due to its association with the Florida-based Hooters restaurant chain), and it played from 1993 to 1995. In 1996, the association with the chain was completed, and the team moved to West Palm Beach and renamed as the Florida Bobcats.

Currently, the Miami Heat and the Miami Marlins play their games within Miami's city limits. The Heat play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami. The Miami Marlins home ballpark is Marlins Park, located in the Little Havana section of the city on the site of the old Orange Bowl stadium.

The Miami Dolphins play their games at Sun Life Stadium in nearby Miami Gardens. The Orange Bowl, a member of the Bowl Championship Series, hosts their college football championship games at Sun Life Stadium. The stadium has also hosted the Super Bowl; the Miami metro area has hosted the game a total of ten times (five Super Bowls at the now Sun Life Stadium, including Super Bowl XLI and five at the Miami Orange Bowl), tying New Orleans for the most games.

The Florida Panthers play in neighboring Broward County at the BB&T Center in the city of Sunrise. Miami FC, Florida's only professional soccer team, plays at Tropical Park Stadium. Miami signed world-famed soccer player Romario in March 2006 to a one-year deal. Miami is also home to Paso Fino horses, where competitions are held at Tropical Park Equestrian Center.

Miami is also the home of many college sports teams. The two largest are the University of Miami Hurricanes, whose football team formerly played at the Miami Orange Bowl from 1937 until 2008, moving to Sun Life Stadium subsequently, and Florida International University Golden Panthers whose football team plays at FIU Stadium.

A number of defunct teams were located in Miami, including the Miami Floridians (ABA), Miami Matadors (ECHL), Miami Manatees (WHA2), Miami Gatos (NASL), Miami Screaming Eagles (WHA), Miami Seahawks (AAFC), Miami Sol (WNBA), Miami Toros (NASL), Miami Tropics (SFL), Miami Tropics (ABA), and the Miami Hooters (Arena Football League). The Miami Fusion, a defunct Major League Soccer team, played at Lockhart Stadium in nearby Broward County.

Miami professional sports teams
Club Sport League Venue League Championships
Miami Dolphins Football National Football League Sun Life Stadium Super Bowl (2)
  • VII 1972 – defeated Washington Redskins, 14–7
  • VIII 1973 – defeated Minnesota Vikings, 24–7
Florida Panthers Hockey National Hockey League BB&T Center None
Miami Heat Basketball National Basketball Association American Airlines Arena NBA Finals (2)
  • 2006 – defeated Dallas Mavericks, series 4–2
  • 2012 - defeated Oklahoma City Thunder, series 4–1
Miami Marlins Baseball Major League Baseball Marlins Park World Series (2)
  • 1997 – defeated Cleveland Indians, series 4–3
  • 2003 – defeated New York Yankees, series 4–2


Miami college sports teams
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Basketball Basketball
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Conference National Championships
(Most Recent)
Miami Hurricanes Miami football Sun Life Stadium Miami basketball BankUnited Center Atlantic Coast Conference 30 (2001 – Football & Baseball)
FIU Golden Panthers FIU football FIU Stadium FIU basketball U.S. Century Bank Arena Conference USA 4 (1984 – Men's Soccer)
Barry Buccaneers Barry basketball Health & Sports Center Sunshine State Conference 7 (2007 – Men's Golf)
NSU Sharks NSU basketball Don Taft UC Arena Sunshine State Conference 12 (2010 – Women's Golf)

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