South Florida has been on the map in the sporting world for decades, from the Miami Dolphins’ perfect season in 1972 to the Miami Heat’s back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. With so many New York transplants, the sporting atmosphere is a competitive one, with rivalries running deep. If time isn’t available for a trip to Miami, there are still athletic events to enjoy in Fort Lauderdale. Here are just a few options, sorted by distance from Port Everglades.
Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill, 21 minutes
A linebacker and a defensive end for the Miami Dolphins from 1977 to 1985, Kim Bokamper is a local legend not only for his football stats, but now for being a restaurateur. One of his five Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill Florida locations is right in Fort Lauderdale, where sports fans gather to catch the game, whether it be baseball, basketball or football. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, the view is as good as the beer is cold and the wings are hot.
Bokampers, 3115 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308. 954-900-5584, bokampers.com
Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 26 minutes
A member of the North American Soccer League, Strikers, play at Lockhart Stadium against American and Canadian teams. In 2014, a Brazilian soccer star, Ronaldo, became a part owner of the team. Throw on red and yellow to cheer on the football club; general admission tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the game.
Lockhart Stadium, 1350 NW 55th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309. 954-606-0400, strikers.com
Florida Panthers, 26 minutes
It might be hot and sunny year-round in Fort Lauderdale, but the winter sport of hockey still draws fans. Playing at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, the NHL team’s regular season runs from October to April. Tickets start at $20, but the price may vary from game to game.
BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL, 33323.954-835-7000, thebbtcenter.com
Miami Sports, 45-60 minutes
If time permits, make a trip down to Miami to watch the Miami Dolphins play at Sun Life Stadium — which they share with the University of Miami Hurricanes, and is also home to the annual Orange Bowl — complete with a parking lot filled with tailgaters. In downtown Miami, the Miami Heat rule the court at AmericanAirlines Arena, adjacent to the Adrienne Arsht Center, Perez Art Museum Miami and the soon-to-come Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The Miami Marlins are at the aptly named Marlins Park, fit with a light-up display when a home run is hit, a race of sea creatures around the field, and the Clevelander nightclub, where pool parties are hosted. All three stadiums are 45 minutes to an hour away, depending on traffic. Expect parking — and traffic — to be a bit of a hassle.
Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL, 33056. 305-943-8000, sunlifestadium.com
AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL, 33132. 786-777-1000, aaarena.com
Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL, 33125. 305-480-1300, marlins.com
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