Miami-Dade is one of the nation’s premier locations for professional and college sports. Led by LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat captured back-to-back National Basketball Association (NBA) championships in 2012-2013, selling out their home games at AmericanAirlines Arena. The National Football League’s Miami Dolphins compete at Sun Life Stadium, which also hosts the University of Miami Hurricane football team and the collegiate Orange Bowl each January. Florida International University also fields a division 1 football team, and many local colleges and universities have competitive athletic programs.
Near downtown, the Miami Marlins play their National League baseball games at Marlins Park, a new 37,000-seat facility with a retractable roof and numerous other fan-friendly features. South Florida residents can also watch the Florida Panthers play their National Hockey League games in BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Other major Miami-Dade professional sporting events include the Sony Ericsson Open at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, World Golf Championships – CA Championship at Trump National Doral Miami, and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and other motorsports championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead.