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]

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--

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]

NCAA — Division I[edit]

SchoolNicknameCityAffiliationConferenceNational
Championships
Bethune-Cookman UniversityWildcatsDaytona BeachDivision IMid-Eastern Athletic Conference0
Florida A&M UniversityRattlersTallahasseeDivision IMid-Eastern Athletic Conference25
Florida Atlantic UniversityOwlsBoca RatonDivision IConference USA2
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityEaglesFort MyersDivision IAtlantic Sun Conference0
Florida International UniversityGolden PanthersMiamiDivision IConference USA4
Florida State UniversitySeminolesTallahasseeDivision IAtlantic Coast Conference12
Jacksonville UniversityDolphinsJacksonvilleDivision IAtlantic Sun Conference0
Stetson UniversityHattersDeLandDivision IAtlantic Sun Conference0
University of Central FloridaKnightsOrlandoDivision IAmerican Athletic Conference2
University of FloridaGatorsGainesvilleDivision ISoutheastern Conference26
University of MiamiHurricanesMiamiDivision IAtlantic Coast Conference16
University of North FloridaOspreysJacksonvilleDivision IAtlantic Sun Conference0
University of South FloridaBullsTampaDivision IAmerican Athletic Conference1

NCAA — Division II[edit]

SchoolNicknameCityAffiliationConferenceNational
Championships
Barry UniversityBuccaneersMiamiDivision IISunshine State Conference9
Eckerd CollegeTritonsSt. PetersburgDivision IISunshine State Conference0
Flagler CollegeSaintsSt. AugustineDivision IIPeach Belt Conference0
Florida Southern CollegeMoccasinsLakelandDivision IISunshine State Conference27
Florida Institute of TechnologyPanthersMelbourneDivision IISunshine State Conference2
Lynn UniversityFighting KnightsBoca RatonDivision IISunshine State Conference19
Nova Southeastern UniversitySharksFort LauderdaleDivision IISunshine State Conference11
Palm Beach Atlantic UniversitySailfishWest Palm BeachDivision IIIndependent0
Rollins CollegeTarsOrlandoDivision IISunshine State Conference14
Saint Leo UniversityLionsSt. LeoDivision IISunshine State Conference0
University of TampaSpartansTampaDivision IISunshine State Conference12
University of West FloridaArgonautsPensacolaDivision IIGulf South Conference5

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)[edit]

SchoolNicknameCityConference
Ave Maria UniversityGyrenesAve MariaThe Sun Conference
Edward Waters CollegeTigersJacksonvilleThe Sun Conference
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityEaglesDaytona BeachThe Sun Conference
Florida Memorial UniversityFighting LionsMiami GardensThe Sun Conference
Johnson & Wales UniversityWildcatsNorth MiamiThe Sun Conference
Northwood UniversitySeahawksWest Palm BeachThe Sun Conference
Southeastern UniversityFireLakelandThe Sun Conference
Saint Thomas UniversityBobcatsMiamiThe Sun Conference
Warner UniversityRoyalsLake WalesThe Sun Conference
Webber International UniversityWarriorsBabson ParkThe Sun Conference

Auto racing tracks[edit]

Daytona International Speedway


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