SPG’s State Guide to Sports in Florida

Welcome to the Sunshine State where you can Come Play in Florida year-round! With beautiful weather and average annual high temps in the 80s, more than 30 local sports commissions from Pensacola to Miami host over 3,000 sporting events a year. More than 11,000 miles of coastline and rolling hills of golf courses invite visitors to play outside while fresh sheets of ice and state-of-the-art convention centers host events indoors.

Multisport competitions like the annual Sunshine State Games, Florida Senior Games presented by Humana, Super Bowl LIV and LV, the College Football Playoff, and NASCAR can spread out over thousands of square feet of event space all year long.

Local sports commissions develop partnerships with universities to host events at the same facilities collegiate athletes compete in, giving aspiring youth athletes a goal for their athletic careers. Commissions partner with parks and recreation departments to showcase the same amenities for out-of-area athletes and fans that their residents enjoy daily. They reach deep into the community to develop new sporting opportunities, taking advantage of technological advances like esports.

For athletes and fans visiting the state’s sports-minded communities, local convention and visitors bureaus showcase other area amenities.Visitors stay in conveniently-located hotels, dine in restaurants to suit all appetites, and enjoy other attractions, making the communities a part of the state’s thriving sports industry. The more than 16 million who Come Play in Florida contribute to a $57.4 billion annual impact that creates 580,000 jobs.

Sporting opportunities are endless in the Sunshine State. There’s no age limit and blue skies await.

Come Play in Florida! and stay a while.

Angela A. Suggs

President & CEO, Florida Sports Foundation

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People love sports, either as an athlete or as a fan. But they love the sports experience, too – the fun and excitement surrounding the actual event.

So as you plan the logistics of your amateur or professional sporting adventure, you also want to create great memories for your athletes and fans.

Florida’s got what you need.

When athletes compete or fans cheer them on, they’re focused on the event. Things need to work seamlessly. Twenty-eight sports commissions across Florida are ready to provide behind-the-scenes support to make your event a success. Thousands of world-class indoor and outdoor sporting venues dot the Sunshine State and even extend offshore, providing the perfect setting for your competition. And because of Florida’s ideal weather, your athletes can compete in a natural setting at any time of year.

Florida’s got what you need.

Your athletes and fans want attention before and after the game, as well. Because Florida is such a popular vacation destination, travel to the state is easy. Hotels and restaurants are well accustomed to serving guests from across the country and the world.

Beaches line both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for those who want to kick off their shoes and relax in the sun. State and national parks offer serene settings for those who want to hike, canoe, fish, or otherwise enjoy up-close-and-personal encounters with nature. Those seeking city life will embrace Florida’s music and cultural scene. History buffs will revel in the artifacts of our nation’s past. And, of course, for those seeking family fun, Florida is amusement park heaven.