Miami is a name that one associates with high living, impressive skylines, buzzing nightlife and incredible beaches. This coastal city is situated in Florida, United States and is a significant finance, entertainment, commerce, media and international trade centre. Several banks, media houses, television studios and banks have their headquarters in this city and also have a large concentration of cruise liner companies, international banks and performing arts centers.
The citys changing skyline, with over fifty 400 feet skyscrapers, ranks it as being the third most impressive city in the United States after New York and Chicago. Miami is said to have an approximated population of 4, 24,662 according to the U.S Census report of 2008 and is also ranked as Americas Cleanest City by the Forbs Magazine.
As well as its fast paced life, Miami also has been in the news for its active sports scene. Miami is home to 5 major professional sports teams. Their National Football League team is called the Miami Dolphins. The home games of the team are played in the Land Sharks Stadium that is located in the suburbs of Miami Gardens. They are part of the Eastern Division of the NFL and are among the earliest major league professional sports franchisees in Florida having started playing since 1966.
Miamis professional basketball team is named the Miami Heat. They are a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference in the NBA and they are currently belonging to Mickey Arison. They were formed in 1988 and have been making successful play offs since then taking seven division titles. They also won the NBA Finals after having defeated the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 with a score of 4-2. They play all of their home games in the American Airlines Arena.
The Florida Marlins are Miamis professional baseball team. They’re an element of the Eastern Division of the National League of the Major Baseball League. They have been existing since 1993 and play all their home games inside the Land Shark Stadium. They were the two times winners in the baseball World Series and have been the only team to have won all of their post season series.
Ice Hockey is yet another favorite sport in Miami and their professional ice hockey team goes by the name of the Florida Panthers. They’re a part of the National Hockey League and play their home games in the Bank Atlantic Centre.
Along with these 4 professional sports teams Miami also boasts of 2 other premier sports leagues from the sports of soccer and basketball. The professional soccer team from Miami is called the Miami FC. They’re a professional American soccer team and play in the USL First Division and also in the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
The Miami Topics are one of the teams in the Premier Basketball League and are owned by the Imperiali Organization. They originally were a part of the American Basketball Association but transferred to the PBL in 2007. They have been the winners of the US Basketball League champions and have represented Usa in the FIBA Americas League championships.