With beautiful weather and average annual high temps in the 80s, more than 35 local sports commissions from Pensacola to Miami host over 3,000 sporting events a year.
Florida boasts more than 11,000 miles of coastline and rolling hills of golf courses that invite visitors to play outside while fresh sheets of ice and state-of-the-art convention centers host events indoors.
Multi-sport competitions on all levels, like the annual Sunshine State Games, Florida Senior Games presented by Humana, Florida Grapefruit League Spring Training, Super Bowl LV, the 2021 NHL All-Star Game, the College Football Playoff, and NASCAR, can spread out over thousands of square feet of event space all year long.
Our local sports commissions have developed partnerships with universities to host events at the same facilities collegiate athletes compete in, giving aspiring youth athletes a goal for their athletic careers or the start to an Olympic dream. Commissions partner with parks and recreation departments to showcase the same amenities for out-of-area athletes and fans that their residents enjoy daily. These same groups reach into the community to develop new sporting opportunities, taking advantage of technological advances in e-Sports and virtual events through Zoom.
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. Each year, 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 remain open and are welcome in the Sunshine State. There’s no age and ability limit and blue skies await your arrival.
Angela A. Suggs
President & CEO, Florida Sports Foundation