Leisure and competitive athletes know that Florida’s Gulf Coast serves as an excellent place for sports due to year-round great weather and premier training facilities.
IMG Academies offers professional training in baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and golf. The Nathan Benderson Park hosts world-class rowing championships in its 2,000-meter sprint rowing course. The Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex is a popular venue for figure skating and ice hockey. The Sarasota Sharks swim team consistently trains Olympic class swimmers.
Sports fans can enjoy professional sports during the Orioles Spring training in Sarasota or cheer for the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey, Buccaneers football, Rays baseball and Rowdies soccer.