Miami is a name that one associates with good living, remarkable skylines, buzzing nightlife and amazing beaches. This coastal city is situated in Florida, United States and is a major finance, entertainment, commerce, media and international trade centre. Several banks, media houses, television studios and financial institutions have their own 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 3rd most impressive city in the USA after New York and Chicago. Miami is considered to have an estimated 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.
Along with its fast paced life, Miami continues to be in the news 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 which is based in the suburbs of Miami Gardens. They are part of the Eastern Division of the NFL and are also one of 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 within 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. Additionally, they won the NBA Finals after having beaten the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 with a score of 4-2. They play all their home games inside the American Airlines Arena.
The Florida Marlins are Miamis professional baseball team. They’re an element of the Eastern Division in the National League of the Major Baseball League. They’ve been in existence since 1993 and play all 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 their post season series.
Ice Hockey is yet another popular 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.
Along with these four professional sports teams Miami also offers two other premier sports leagues from the sports of soccer and basketball. The professional soccer team from Miami is known as the Miami FC. They are a professional American soccer team and play in the USL First Division as well as in the 2nd tier in the American Soccer Pyramid.
The Miami Topics are one of the teams within the Premier Basketball League and are also owned by the Imperiali Organization. They originally were an element of the American Basketball Association but transferred to the PBL in 2007. They have been the winners of the United States Basketball League champions and have represented United States in the FIBA Americas League championships.