The Florida Collegiate Summer League assembles 160 top college athletes each summer to play wooden-bat baseball in a competitive atmosphere intended to prepare them for careers in professional baseball. Four general-admission tickets unlock a plethora of best-available seating options at one of five home fields for your quad-pod pack of family members. Alternate nourishing bites from four hot dogs and bags of chips with hydrating drags from four icy soft drinks while viewing inspiring feats of athleticism such as grand slams, base burglary, and home-stretch backflips.
Donning armor of red, purple, and gold, Orlando City has established itself as one of the USL Pro’s most dominant teams, winning USL Pro championships in 2011—its inaugural season—and 2012. After their second championship, the squad’s success attracted the attention of the MLS’s Sporting Kansas City, who will serve as Orlando City’s parent squad for two years, beginning with the 2013 season.
The Orlando Predators stampede into the Arena Football League’s 25th season boasting the debut of a new head coach and retooled roster. Former Predators player and Winter Park native Bret Munsey brings with him both a new playbook and ArenaBowl championship expectations, telling the Orlando Sentinel upon his hiring, “[The Predators] want to win [this] year, and I’ve got to find a way to do that.” The front office has contributed to the championship campaign with new additions on both sides of the ball. Recently acquired quarterback Trevor Harris will compete with Collin Drafts for the duties of breaking the team out of each huddle and igloo-encased locker room. On defense, new nose tackle Richard Clebert dominates the line of scrimmage by clogging foes’ running lanes, as he did in his last two seasons on a pair of ArenaBowl championship teams.
The seasoned performers of Piccadilly Circus dazzle audiences of all ages with 90 minutes of acrobatics, comedic high jinks, and trained animals beneath the big top. Audiences gasp at high-flying trapeze artists swooping through the air with the confidence of a kite in a wind tunnel, as well as contortionists able to bend themselves into human bonsai trees. Death-defying motorcyclists roar into a caged globe to perform a 360-degree display of vehicular mastery. Gaggles of clowns coax out chuckles, and a trained elephant parades around the ring, occasionally stopping to memorize an audience member's phone number. General-admission seating surrounds the ring, allowing ample viewpoints from which to observe the boisterous spectacle.
For 30 years, Beach Marine has been a place where customers can stop for anything boating?as well as a selection that stretches further than boating gear. On-site, visitors will find 350 wet slips, 350 dry storage slips, boats for sale and rent, and a nautical ship store and service department. They can also pick up accessories such as fishing-pole outriggers and water tubes, not to mention bait and fuel. In addition, the marina also features a number of amenities, including a weight room, a laundry room, and multiple restaurants. Those without their own watercraft can rent jet skis, kayaks, and eight-person pontoons.
The brand new Jacksonville Destroyers vie for dominance in the United Soccer League Premier Development League (PDL)—the top U-23 men's league in North America, featuring 64 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. Led by head coach Eric Dutt, players from all around the world, including forward Kareem Yearwood, midfielder Stefan Durr, and goalie Doug Parra compete against other elite collegiate players for a chance to shine brighter than the oiled pecs of a buff glowworm. Tear off stomach-constraining jerseys to chow down on tasty stadium fare from Sun Dog Diner and practice accurate flip throws with frothy, chilled beers (costs not included with today's Groupon) while cheering on the Destroyers in their inaugural season as they take on Central Florida, Fort Lauderdale, and Bradenton in the remaining home games.