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]

ClubSportLeagueVenueChampionships (Years)
Miami MarlinsBaseballMLBMarlins Park2 (1997, 2003)
Tampa Bay RaysBaseballMLBTropicana Field0
Miami HeatBasketballNBAAmerican Airlines Arena3 (2006, 2012, 2013)
Orlando MagicBasketballNBAAmway Center0
Jacksonville JaguarsFootballNFLEverbank Field0
Miami DolphinsFootballNFLSun Life Stadium2 (1972, 1973)
Tampa Bay BuccaneersFootballNFLRaymond James Stadium1 (2002)
Florida PanthersIce hockeyNHLBB&T Center0
Tampa Bay LightningIce hockeyNHLTampa Bay Times Forum1 (2004)
Orlando City S.C.SoccerMLSOrlando City Stadium--
Miami MLS teamSoccerMLSTBD--

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

Minor sports teams[edit]

ClubSportLeagVenueChampionships (Years)
Pensacola Blue WahoosBaseballMiLB, Southern League (AA)Pensacola Bayfront Stadium0
Jacksonville SunsBaseballMiLB, Southern League (AA)Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville6 (1968, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010)
Bradenton MaraudersBaseballMiLB, Florida State League (A)McKechnie Field0
Brevard County ManateesBaseballMiLB, Florida State League (A)Space Coast Stadium1 (2000)
Clearwater ThreshersBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueBright House Networks Field1 (2007)
Daytona CubsBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueJackie Robinson Ballpark3 (1995, 2004, 2008)
Dunedin Blue JaysBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueKnology Park0
Fort Myers MiracleBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueHammond Stadium5 (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978)
Jupiter HammerheadsBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueRoger Dean Stadium0
Lakeland Flying TigersBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueJoker Marchant Stadium3 (1976, 1977, 1992)
Palm Beach CardinalsBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueRoger Dean Stadium1 (2005)
Sarasota RedsBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueEd Smith Stadium0
St. Lucie MetsBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueTradition Field5 (1988, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2006)
Tampa YankeesBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueLegends Field5 (1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010)
Charlotte Stone CrabsBaseballMiLB, Florida State LeagueCharlotte Sports Park2 (1983, 1990)
Heartland ProwlBasketballContinental Basketball LeagueSouth Florida Community College0
Gainesville GalaxyBasketballContinental Basketball LeagueMartin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center0
Florida FlightBasketballContinental Basketball LeagueAvalon Middle School0
Miami StarsBasketballContinental Basketball LeagueSt. Thomas University0
Tampa Bay SaintsBasketballContinental Basketball LeagueMary Help of Christians Center0
Palm Beach TitansBasketballContinental Basketball LeagueCountess de Hoernle Student Life Center0
Jacksonville GiantsBasketballAmerican Basketball AssociationJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena2 (2012, 2013)
Orlando KingsBasketballAmerican Basketball AssociationDowntown Recreation Center0
Panama City DreamBasketballAmerican Basketball AssociationTBA0
Fort Lauderdale StrikersSoccerNorth American Soccer LeagueLockhart Stadium0
Tampa Marauders FCSoccerNational Premier Soccer League,Blake High School Stadium0[1]
Tampa Bay RowdiesSoccerNorth American Soccer LeagueProgress Energy Park2 (1975, 2012)
Orlando City Soccer ClubSoccerUSL Professional DivisionCitrus Bowl2 (2011, 2013)
Florida EverbladesIce hockeyEast Coast Hockey LeagueGermain Arena1 (2012)
Orlando Solar BearsIce hockeyEast Coast Hockey LeagueAmway Center0
Pensacola Ice FlyersIce hockeySouthern Professional Hockey LeaguePensacola Civic Center1 (2013)
Jacksonville SharksArena footballAFLJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena1 (2011)
Orlando PredatorsArena footballAFLAmway Center2 (1998, 2000)
Tampa Bay StormArena footballAFLTampa Bay Times Forum5 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003)
Florida TarponsArena footballUltimate Indoor Football LeagueGermain Arena1 (2013)
Lakeland RaidersArena footballUltimate Indoor Football LeagueLakeland Center0
Sarasota ThunderArena footballUltimate Indoor Football LeagueRobarts Arena0

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:

ClubLocation
Atlanta BravesWalt Disney World
Baltimore OriolesSarasota
Boston Red SoxFort Myers
Detroit TigersLakeland
Miami MarlinsJupiter
Houston AstrosKissimmee
Los Angeles DodgersArizona
Minnesota TwinsFort Myers
New York MetsPort St. Lucie
New York YankeesTampa
Philadelphia PhilliesClearwater
Pittsburgh PiratesBradenton
Saint Louis CardinalsJupiter
Tampa Bay RaysPort Charlotte
Toronto Blue JaysDunedin
Washington NationalsViera

College sports[edit]

SchoolNicknameCityAffiliationConferenceNational
Championships
ASA College MiamiSilver StormMiamiNJCAA DI
Ave Maria UniversityGyrenesAve MariaNAIA DII,
USCAA DI
The Sun Conference
Barry UniversityBuccanneersMiami ShoresNCAA DIISunshine State Conference
Bethune-Cookman UniversityWildcatsDaytona BeachNCAA DIMid-Eastern Athletic Conference0
Broward CollegeSeahawksDavieNJCAA DISouthern Conference
Chipola CollegeIndiansMariannaNJCAA DIPanhandle Conference
Clearwater Christian CollegeCougarsClearwaterNCCAA DII17
College of Central FloridaPatriotsOcalaNJCAA DIMid-Florida Conference
Daytona State CollegeFalconsDaytonaNJCAA DIMid-Florida Conference
Eastern Florida State CollegeTitansMelbourneNJCAA DISouthern Conference
Eckerd CollegeTritonsSaint PetersburgNCAA DIISunshine State Conference
Edward Waters CollegeTigersJacksonvilleNAIA DIGulf Coast Conference,
The Sun Conference (football)
Embry-RiddleEaglesDaytona BeachNAIA DIIThe Sun Conference
Flagler CollegeSaintsSaint AugustineNCAA DIIPeach Belt Conference
Florida A&M UniversityRattlersTallahasseeNCAA DIMid-Eastern Athletic Conference25
Florida Atlantic UniversityOwlsBoca RatonNCAA DIConference USA2
Florida CollegeFalconsTemple TerraceUSCAA DI23
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityEaglesFort MyersNCAA DIAtlantic Sun Conference0
Florida Institute of TechnologyPanthersMelbourneNCAA DIISunshine State Conference2
Florida International UniversityGolden PanthersMiamiNCAA DIConference USA4
Florida Memorial UniversityFighting LionsMiami GardensNAIA DIIThe Sun Conference
Florida National UniversityConquistadorsHialeahUSCAA DI
Florida Southern CollegeMoccasinsLakelandNCAA DIISunshine State Conference27
Florida SouthWestern State CollegeBuccanneersFort MyersNJCAA DI
Florida State UniversitySeminolesTallahasseeNCAA DIAtlantic Coast Conference14
Florida State College at JacksonvilleBluewaveJacksonvilleNJCAA DIMid-Florida Conference
Gulf Coast State CollegeCommodoresPanama CityNJCAA DIPanhandle Conference
Hillsborough Community CollegeHawksTampaNJCAA DISuncoast Conference
Indian River State CollegePioneersFort PierceNJCAA DISouthern Conference
Jacksonville UniversityDolphinsJacksonvilleNCAA DIAtlantic Sun Conference0
Johnson & Wales UniversityWildcatsNorth MiamiNAIA DIIThe Sun Conference
Johnson University FloridaSunsKissimmeeNCCAA DII
Lake-Sumter State CollegeLakehawksLeesburgNJCAA DIMid-Florida Conference
Lynn UniversityFighting KnightsBoca RatonNCAA DIISunshine State Conference22
Miami Dade CollegeSharksMiamiNJCAA DISouthern Conference
Northwest Florida State CollegeRaidersNicevilleNJCAA DIPanhandle Conference
Northwood UniversitySeahawksWest Palm BeachNAIA DIIThe Sun Conference
Nova Southeastern UniversitySharksFort LauderdaleNCAA DIISunshine State Conference11
Palm Beach Atlantic UniversitySailfishWest Palm BeachNCAA DII,
NCCAA DI
Independent0
Palm Beach State CollegePanthersLake WorthNJCAA DISouthern Conference
Pasco–Hernando State CollegeConquistadorsNew Port RicheyNJCAA DII
Pensacola Christian CollegeEaglesPensacolaNCCAA DII
Pensacola State CollegePiratesPensacolaNJCAA DIPanhandle Conference
Polk State CollegeEaglesWinter HavenNJCAA DISuncoast Conference
Rollins CollegeTarsWinter ParkNCAA DIISunshine State Conference22
Saint Leo UniversityLionsSt. LeoNCAA DIISunshine State Conference0
Saint Thomas UniversityBobcatsMiamiNAIA DIIThe Sun Conference
Santa Fe CollegeSaintsGainesvilleNJCAA DIMid-Florida Conference
Seminole State College of FloridaRaidersSanfordNJCAA DIMid-Florida Conference
South Florida State CollegePanthersAvon ParkNJCAA DISuncoast Conference
Southeastern UniversityFireLakelandNAIA DII,
NCCAA DI
The Sun Conference4
St. Johns River State CollegeVikingsPalatkaNJCAA DIMid-Florida Conference
St. Petersburg CollegeTitansSt. PetersburgNJCAA DISuncoast Conference
SCF Manatee-SarasotaManateesBradentonNJCAA DISuncoast Conference
Stetson UniversityHattersDeLandNCAA DIAtlantic Sun Conference0
Tallahassee Community CollegeEaglesTallahasseeNJCAA DIPanhandle Conference
Trinity Baptist CollegeEaglesJacksonvilleNCCAA DII
Trinity College (Florida)TigersNew Port RicheyNCCAA DII
University of Central FloridaKnightsOrlandoNCAA DIAmerican Athletic Conference2
University of FloridaGatorsGainesvilleNCAA DISoutheastern Conference33
University of MiamiHurricanesMiamiNCAA DIAtlantic Coast Conference21
University of North FloridaOspreysJacksonvilleNCAA DIAtlantic Sun Conference4
University of South FloridaBullsTampaNCAA DIAmerican Athletic Conference1
University of TampaSpartansTampaNCAA DIISunshine State Conference13
University of West FloridaArgonautsPensacolaNCAA DIIGulf South Conference8
Warner UniversityRoyalsLake WalesNAIA DII,
NCCAA DI
The Sun Conference
Webber International UniversityWarriorsBabson ParkNAIA DIIThe Sun Conference0

Auto racing tracks[edit]

Daytona International Speedway


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