List of sports teams in Florida

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Florida is home to many professional, semi-professional, amateur and collegiate sports. In professional sports, the state has three National Football League teams, two Major League Baseball teams, two National Basketball Association teams, two National Hockey League teams, and many minor league teams in various sports. Additionally, since the late 19th century Florida has been a significant spring training destination for Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates. Florida is one of the most important markets in the Arena Football League, and has three of the league's teams. Golf, tennis and auto racing are also popular in the state. In college sports, thirteen schools compete in NCAA Division I, and various others compete in other divisions.

Professional sports[edit]

Major sports teams[edit]

Club Sport League Venue Championships (Years)
Miami Marlins Baseball MLB Marlins Park 2 (1997, 2003)
Tampa Bay Rays Baseball MLB Tropicana Field 0
Miami Heat Basketball NBA American Airlines Arena 3 (2006, 2012, 2013)
Orlando Magic Basketball NBA Amway Center 0
Jacksonville Jaguars Football NFL Everbank Field 0
Miami Dolphins Football NFL Sun Life Stadium 2 (1972, 1973)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football NFL Raymond James Stadium 1 (2002)
Florida Panthers Ice hockey NHL BB&T Center 0
Tampa Bay Lightning Ice hockey NHL Tampa Bay Times Forum 1 (2004)
Orlando City S.C. Soccer MLS Orlando City Stadium --
Miami MLS team Soccer MLS TBD --

Note: Orlando City S.C. is set to join Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2015.

Minor sports teams[edit]

Club Sport Leag Venue Championships (Years)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball MiLB, Southern League (AA) Pensacola Bayfront Stadium 0
Jacksonville Suns Baseball MiLB, Southern League (AA) Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 6 (1968, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010)
Bradenton Marauders Baseball MiLB, Florida State League (A) McKechnie Field 0
Brevard County Manatees Baseball MiLB, Florida State League (A) Space Coast Stadium 1 (2000)
Clearwater Threshers Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Bright House Networks Field 1 (2007)
Daytona Cubs Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Jackie Robinson Ballpark 3 (1995, 2004, 2008)
Dunedin Blue Jays Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Knology Park 0
Fort Myers Miracle Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Hammond Stadium 5 (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978)
Jupiter Hammerheads Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Roger Dean Stadium 0
Lakeland Flying Tigers Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Joker Marchant Stadium 3 (1976, 1977, 1992)
Palm Beach Cardinals Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Roger Dean Stadium 1 (2005)
Sarasota Reds Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Ed Smith Stadium 0
St. Lucie Mets Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Tradition Field 5 (1988, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2006)
Tampa Yankees Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Legends Field 5 (1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010)
Charlotte Stone Crabs Baseball MiLB, Florida State League Charlotte Sports Park 2 (1983, 1990)
Heartland Prowl Basketball Continental Basketball League South Florida Community College 0
Gainesville Galaxy Basketball Continental Basketball League Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center 0
Florida Flight Basketball Continental Basketball League Avalon Middle School 0
Miami Stars Basketball Continental Basketball League St. Thomas University 0
Tampa Bay Saints Basketball Continental Basketball League Mary Help of Christians Center 0
Palm Beach Titans Basketball Continental Basketball League Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center 0
Jacksonville Giants Basketball American Basketball Association Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 2 (2012, 2013)
Orlando Kings Basketball American Basketball Association Downtown Recreation Center 0
Panama City Dream Basketball American Basketball Association TBA 0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Soccer North American Soccer League Lockhart Stadium 0
Tampa Marauders FC Soccer National Premier Soccer League, Blake High School Stadium 0[1]
Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer North American Soccer League Progress Energy Park 2 (1975, 2012)
Orlando City Soccer Club Soccer USL Professional Division Citrus Bowl 2 (2011, 2013)
Florida Everblades Ice hockey East Coast Hockey League Germain Arena 1 (2012)
Orlando Solar Bears Ice hockey East Coast Hockey League Amway Center 0
Pensacola Ice Flyers Ice hockey Southern Professional Hockey League Pensacola Civic Center 1 (2013)
Jacksonville Sharks Arena football AFL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 1 (2011)
Orlando Predators Arena football AFL Amway Center 2 (1998, 2000)
Tampa Bay Storm Arena football AFL Tampa Bay Times Forum 5 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003)
Florida Tarpons Arena football Ultimate Indoor Football League Germain Arena 1 (2013)
Lakeland Raiders Arena football Ultimate Indoor Football League Lakeland Center 0
Sarasota Thunder Arena football Ultimate Indoor Football League Robarts Arena 0

Spring training[edit]

Florida is the traditional home for Major League Baseball spring training, with teams informally organized into the "Grapefruit League." As of 2004, Florida hosts the following major league teams for spring training:

Club Location
Atlanta Braves Walt Disney World
Baltimore Orioles Sarasota
Boston Red Sox Fort Myers
Detroit Tigers Lakeland
Miami Marlins Jupiter
Houston Astros Kissimmee
Los Angeles Dodgers Arizona
Minnesota Twins Fort Myers
New York Mets Port St. Lucie
New York Yankees Tampa
Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater
Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton
Saint Louis Cardinals Jupiter
Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte
Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin
Washington Nationals Viera

College sports[edit]

NCAA — Division I[edit]

School Nickname City Affiliation Conference National
Championships
Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats Daytona Beach Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 0
Florida A&M University Rattlers Tallahassee Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 25
Florida Atlantic University Owls Boca Raton Division I Conference USA 2
Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Fort Myers Division I Atlantic Sun Conference 0
Florida International University Golden Panthers Miami Division I Conference USA 4
Florida State University Seminoles Tallahassee Division I Atlantic Coast Conference 12
Jacksonville University Dolphins Jacksonville Division I Atlantic Sun Conference 0
Stetson University Hatters DeLand Division I Atlantic Sun Conference 0
University of Central Florida Knights Orlando Division I American Athletic Conference 2
University of Florida Gators Gainesville Division I Southeastern Conference 26
University of Miami Hurricanes Miami Division I Atlantic Coast Conference 16
University of North Florida Ospreys Jacksonville Division I Atlantic Sun Conference 0
University of South Florida Bulls Tampa Division I American Athletic Conference 1

NCAA — Division II[edit]

School Nickname City Affiliation Conference National
Championships
Barry University Buccaneers Miami Division II Sunshine State Conference 9
Eckerd College Tritons St. Petersburg Division II Sunshine State Conference 0
Flagler College Saints St. Augustine Division II Peach Belt Conference 0
Florida Southern College Moccasins Lakeland Division II Sunshine State Conference 27
Florida Institute of Technology Panthers Melbourne Division II Sunshine State Conference 2
Lynn University Fighting Knights Boca Raton Division II Sunshine State Conference 19
Nova Southeastern University Sharks Fort Lauderdale Division II Sunshine State Conference 11
Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish West Palm Beach Division II Independent 0
Rollins College Tars Orlando Division II Sunshine State Conference 14
Saint Leo University Lions St. Leo Division II Sunshine State Conference 0
University of Tampa Spartans Tampa Division II Sunshine State Conference 12
University of West Florida Argonauts Pensacola Division II Gulf South Conference 5

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)[edit]

School Nickname City Conference
Ave Maria University Gyrenes Ave Maria The Sun Conference
Edward Waters College Tigers Jacksonville The Sun Conference
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles Daytona Beach The Sun Conference
Florida Memorial University Fighting Lions Miami Gardens The Sun Conference
Johnson & Wales University Wildcats North Miami The Sun Conference
Northwood University Seahawks West Palm Beach The Sun Conference
Southeastern University Fire Lakeland The Sun Conference
Saint Thomas University Bobcats Miami The Sun Conference
Warner University Royals Lake Wales The Sun Conference
Webber International University Warriors Babson Park The Sun Conference

Auto racing tracks[edit]

Daytona International Speedway


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