Miami is a name that one associates with high living, impressive skylines, buzzing nightlife and amazing beaches. This coastal city is located 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 particular city and have a large concentration of cruise liner companies, international banks and performing arts centers.
The citys changing skyline, with more than fifty 400 feet skyscrapers, ranks it as the 3rd most impressive city in the USA after New York and Chicago. Miami is said to have an estimated population of 4, 24,662 based on 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 continues to be in news reports for its active sports scene. Miami is home to 5 major professional sports teams. Their National Football League team is known as the Miami Dolphins. The home games of this team are played in the Land Sharks Stadium that is located in the suburbs of Miami Gardens. They belong to the Eastern Division of the NFL and are also among the earliest major league professional sports franchisees in Florida having started playing since 1966.
Miamis professional basketball team is called the Miami Heat. They are a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference in the NBA and they are currently owned by Mickey Arison. They were formed in 1988 and have been making successful play offs since that time taking seven division titles. Additionally, they won the NBA Finals after having beaten 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 are an element of the Eastern Division of the National League of the Major Baseball League. They’ve been existing since 1993 and play each of their home games inside the Land Shark Stadium. They have been the 2 times winners in the baseball World Series and also have been the only team to have won all of their post season series.
Ice Hockey is another favorite sport in Miami and their professional ice hockey team goes by the name of the Florida Panthers. They are an element of the National Hockey League and play their home games in the Bank Atlantic Centre.
In addition to these four professional sports teams Miami also boasts of two other premier sports leagues in 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 as well as in the second tier in the American Soccer Pyramid.
The Miami Topics are one of the teams within the Premier Basketball League and are owned by the Imperiali Organization. They originally were a part of the American Basketball Association but moved to the PBL in 2007. They are the winners of the United States Basketball League champions and have represented United States in the FIBA Americas League championships.