Baseball and softball players of all skill levels descend upon Extra Innings' 18,000-square-foot indoor facility to hone home-run-hitting swings and more. Players can swing, pitch, or field for 60 minutes inside one of the five indoor hitting tunnels that stretch 70 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 30 feet high as adjustable pitching machines sling unlimited fastballs toward the plate at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The facility outfits hitters with bats and helmets for no additional charge, and each tunnel is equipped with an L-screen, a pitcher's mound, and sliding nets that can transform the cage into an open-field area for practicing fielding skills and ribbon-dancing routines.
The original Strikers were born in 1977, when the Miami Toros moved to Broward County. Donning their popular red-and-gold hooped uniforms, the team experienced instant success—so much so that Lockhart Stadium underwent two seating expansions to accommodate the club's rapidly growing fan base. During those years, a playoff game between the Strikers and New York Cosmos drew a crowd of 77,691, which still stands as the record for a U.S. Pro League soccer match and most people squished into a single soccer net.
Even with all their success, the Strikers relocated to Minnesota after the 1983 season. The team returned five years later, and for more than two decades, competed as part of several leagues. Finally, after a failed attempted to bring Major League Soccer to Miami, the Miami FC of the United Soccer League decided to officially adopt the Strikers moniker and move to the North American Soccer League for the 2011 season. The Strikers didn't waste any time announcing their rebirth, as they made the league's championship series that same season.
Marc Anthony's favorite football team takes to the field under the gridiron guidance of head coach Tony Sparano with the aim to better last season's 7–9 record and make it to the post-season. Ease yourself into one of the 75,540 seats at the solar-existence-affirming Sun Life Stadium, and cheer on the Fins as they look to defeat Detroit, clobber Cleveland, and bring Buffalo to the brink of tears through kicks, passes, and well-timed blowhole expulsions. Splash zones are restricted to the sweat bouncing off of Reshad Jones' forehead.
County Line Dragway's track squeals in delight beneath all types of tires, inviting amateur and professional horsepower buffs to test the limits of their vehicles on a 1/8-mile stretch of pavement certified by the International Hot Rod Association. Engines and crowds roar in the schedule's myriad events as steely chariots strive to capture a record track time, one-up nemeses in grudge matches, or test performance in timed laps and odes to speed in iambic pentameter. Cheering groups bond over impressive shows of velocity, and the track’s open-minded atmosphere allows anyone to hit the ovular street with a minivan or amateur garage project and safely race against each other away from the obstacles and chatty stop signs of the open road. Tire type determines eligibility for each event, making for varied and colorful fields. Pros unleash speed demons upon unsuspecting cement during Big Dog Saturdays, in which finely engineered speedsters compete for track titles.
When Christina Theiss, owner of Swim with Gills, was asked by a reporter from WFLX to describe the feeling of teaching a child to swim, she responded: “It’s a magical moment. I feel like I’ve saved a life.” Since she started a traveling swim school, her feeling of accomplishment has become infectious, spreading to her fleet of swim instructors and to her husband, the second half of the Swim with Gills team. Rather than forcing their pupils to swim, they focus on building a trusting relationship with each child. This method increases students' comfort level, allowing them to gradually submerge themselves in water and achieve the complexities of mermaid sign language.
As the Advanced Class A affiliate of the Florida Marlins, the Jupiter Hammerheads showcase diamond-dwellers aspiring to follow the path to major league fame already trodden by alumni such as Cliff Lee. Gather a quartet of friends or singing barbers and witness the homeric battle between ball and bat as it plays out at Roger Dean Stadium, also home of the Palm Beach Cardinals and the newest baseball facility of its kind in Florida. From field box seats, stretching down the first- and third-base lines, fans will enjoy unobstructed views of Hammerhead players as they intimidate opponents into submission with rocket-fueled fastballs, gravity-razzing catches, and cryptic riddles.