Miami is a name that one associates with good living, impressive skylines, buzzing nightlife and incredible beaches. This coastal city is located in Florida, United States and it is a major finance, entertainment, commerce, media and international trade centre. Numerous banks, media houses, television studios and financial institutions 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 the third most impressive city in the United States after New York and Chicago. Miami is said to have an estimated population of 4, 24,662 according to the U.S Census report of 2008 and is ranked as Americas Cleanest City by the Forbs Magazine.
Along with its fast paced life, Miami continues to be in news reports because of its active sports scene. Miami is home to five 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 belong to the Eastern Division of the NFL and are also one of the oldest 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 within the Eastern Conference in the NBA and are currently owned by Mickey Arison. They were formed in 1988 and also have been making successful play offs since that time taking seven division titles. Additionally, they won the NBA Finals after having defeated the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 with a score of 4-2. They play all 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 in existence since 1993 and play each of their home games in the Land Shark Stadium. They have been the two times winners of the baseball World Series and also have been the only team to have won all of 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’re 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 boasts of two other premier sports leagues from the sports of soccer and basketball. The professional soccer team from Miami is called the Miami FC. They are a professional American soccer team and play in the USL First Division as well as in the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
The Miami Topics are one of the teams in the Premier Basketball League and are also owned by the Imperiali Organization. They originally were an element of the American Basketball Association but moved to the PBL in 2007. They are the winners of the US Basketball League champions and have represented United States in the FIBA Americas League championships.