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 organizations including the NAIA, the NJCAA, the USCAA, The NCCAA and NCAA Division II.

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
Florida Launch Lacrosse MLL FAU Stadium 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]

School Nickname City Affiliation Conference National
Championships
ASA College Miami Silver Storm Miami NJCAA DI
Ave Maria University Gyrenes Ave Maria NAIA DII,
USCAA DI
The Sun Conference
Barry University Buccanneers Miami Shores NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference
Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats Daytona Beach NCAA DI Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 0
Broward College Seahawks Davie NJCAA DI Southern Conference
Chipola College Indians Marianna NJCAA DI Panhandle Conference
Clearwater Christian College Cougars Clearwater NCCAA DII 17
College of Central Florida Patriots Ocala NJCAA DI Mid-Florida Conference
Daytona State College Falcons Daytona NJCAA DI Mid-Florida Conference
Eastern Florida State College Titans Melbourne NJCAA DI Southern Conference
Eckerd College Tritons Saint Petersburg NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference
Edward Waters College Tigers Jacksonville NAIA DI Gulf Coast Conference,
The Sun Conference (football)
Embry-Riddle Eagles Daytona Beach NAIA DII The Sun Conference
Flagler College Saints Saint Augustine NCAA DII Peach Belt Conference
Florida A&M University Rattlers Tallahassee NCAA DI Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 25
Florida Atlantic University Owls Boca Raton NCAA DI Conference USA 2
Florida College Falcons Temple Terrace USCAA DI 23
Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Fort Myers NCAA DI Atlantic Sun Conference 0
Florida Institute of Technology Panthers Melbourne NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference 2
Florida International University Golden Panthers Miami NCAA DI Conference USA 4
Florida Memorial University Fighting Lions Miami Gardens NAIA DII The Sun Conference
Florida National University Conquistadors Hialeah USCAA DI
Florida Southern College Moccasins Lakeland NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference 27
Florida SouthWestern State College Buccanneers Fort Myers NJCAA DI
Florida State University Seminoles Tallahassee NCAA DI Atlantic Coast Conference 14
Florida State College at Jacksonville Bluewave Jacksonville NJCAA DI Mid-Florida Conference
Gulf Coast State College Commodores Panama City NJCAA DI Panhandle Conference
Hillsborough Community College Hawks Tampa NJCAA DI Suncoast Conference
Indian River State College Pioneers Fort Pierce NJCAA DI Southern Conference
Jacksonville University Dolphins Jacksonville NCAA DI Atlantic Sun Conference 0
Johnson & Wales University Wildcats North Miami NAIA DII The Sun Conference
Johnson University Florida Suns Kissimmee NCCAA DII
Lake-Sumter State College Lakehawks Leesburg NJCAA DI Mid-Florida Conference
Lynn University Fighting Knights Boca Raton NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference 22
Miami Dade College Sharks Miami NJCAA DI Southern Conference
Northwest Florida State College Raiders Niceville NJCAA DI Panhandle Conference
Northwood University Seahawks West Palm Beach NAIA DII The Sun Conference
Nova Southeastern University Sharks Fort Lauderdale NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference 11
Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish West Palm Beach NCAA DII,
NCCAA DI
Independent 0
Palm Beach State College Panthers Lake Worth NJCAA DI Southern Conference
Pasco–Hernando State College Conquistadors New Port Richey NJCAA DII
Pensacola Christian College Eagles Pensacola NCCAA DII
Pensacola State College Pirates Pensacola NJCAA DI Panhandle Conference
Polk State College Eagles Winter Haven NJCAA DI Suncoast Conference
Rollins College Tars Winter Park NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference 22
Saint Leo University Lions St. Leo NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference 0
Saint Thomas University Bobcats Miami NAIA DII The Sun Conference
Santa Fe College Saints Gainesville NJCAA DI Mid-Florida Conference
Seminole State College of Florida Raiders Sanford NJCAA DI Mid-Florida Conference
South Florida State College Panthers Avon Park NJCAA DI Suncoast Conference
Southeastern University Fire Lakeland NAIA DII,
NCCAA DI
The Sun Conference 4
St. Johns River State College Vikings Palatka NJCAA DI Mid-Florida Conference
St. Petersburg College Titans St. Petersburg NJCAA DI Suncoast Conference
SCF Manatee-Sarasota Manatees Bradenton NJCAA DI Suncoast Conference
Stetson University Hatters DeLand NCAA DI Atlantic Sun Conference 0
Tallahassee Community College Eagles Tallahassee NJCAA DI Panhandle Conference
Trinity Baptist College Eagles Jacksonville NCCAA DII
Trinity College (Florida) Tigers New Port Richey NCCAA DII
University of Central Florida Knights Orlando NCAA DI American Athletic Conference 2
University of Florida Gators Gainesville NCAA DI Southeastern Conference 33
University of Miami Hurricanes Miami NCAA DI Atlantic Coast Conference 21
University of North Florida Ospreys Jacksonville NCAA DI Atlantic Sun Conference 4
University of South Florida Bulls Tampa NCAA DI American Athletic Conference 1
University of Tampa Spartans Tampa NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference 13
University of West Florida Argonauts Pensacola NCAA DII Gulf South Conference 8
Warner University Royals Lake Wales NAIA DII,
NCCAA DI
The Sun Conference
Webber International University Warriors Babson Park NAIA DII The Sun Conference 0

Auto racing tracks[edit]

Daytona International Speedway


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