The Super Bowl’s departure takes a chunk of excitement from February’s sports schedule, but there is plenty more action to anticipate. While it will be a while before any championship games in major U.S sports, there are key events Miami sports enthusiasts should mark in their calendars.
Josh Mahura, representing the Florida Panthers, clashed dramatically with Jesper Fast of the Carolina Hurricanes during the third overtime in the Eastern Conference Final of the 2023 playoffs on May 18, 2023. The Panthers’ season is just picking up pace, and while Miami Heat’s season hasn’t been particularly exciting, fans can rally behind the Panthers’ upcoming games, counting down to the Stanley Cup playoffs in mid-April.
Luis Arráez, of the Miami Marlins, and teammate Jean Segura’s successful game against the Chicago Cubs at LoanDepot Park in Miami on April 28, 2023, drew major attention. Their spring training is due to commence at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, with pitchers and catchers kicking things off on February 15. The team’s first pre-season match against the Cardinals happens on Feb 24. Despite more changes in the higher echelons of the club this offseason, anticipation is building to see how this year’s rebuilding efforts pay off.
Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo elegantly overcame the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. for a slam dunk. Bam will have his third NBA All-Star break from February 16 to 18, where he promises to be a highlight despite the home team’s underwhelming performance so far.
Inter Miami celebrated their Leagues Cup final victory on August 19, 2023, in style by hoisting teammate Lionel Messi aloft. They return to the pitch in the new MLS season opener against Real Salt Lake at DRV PNK Stadium on February 21. The team will be eager to return to competitive action after a world tour that involved controversial appearances from Messi in front of international fans.
Christian Wilkins created a memorable moment when he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins during the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville. Looking ahead, the Dolphins have six picks in the 2024 NFL draft, which offers the team a great chance to strengthen their lineup. The draft takes place in Detroit, Michigan, from April 25 to 27, giving Dolphins fans an important event to look forward to in-between seasons.