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4 Things for Football Fans to Do in Miami for the Super Bowl 0

Posted on January 24, 2020 by Jack Erikson

The Super Bowl is coming around again. It’s that time of the year when everyone is watching. A spectacle of truly epic proportions, the event not only commands the highest prices for its commercial broadcasts, and an extended halftime for musicians to enjoy an international stage, but an end-of-season match-up that has, on many occasions, produced football games that are celebrated and talked about long after the final whistle.

So, if you’ve got your ticket for this year’s Championship Game in Miami, let’s see how you can occupy yourself during Super Bowl weekend with a look at Miami’s sporting heritage.

Miami Sports Hall of Fame

Known for its production of top-class football players, the Miami Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the talented alumni who have gone on to great things in the NFL. Here, at the Coral Gables Campus, you’ll find class photos, equipment, jerseys, and other memorabilia from a university that has, amongst many others, seen the likes of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Reggie Wayne, Vince Wilfork, and Andre Johnson enjoy stellar professional careers.

Jai-Alai at Magic City

The warp-speed attraction of old school Miami is still thriving and Magic City is one of the few places in the United States where you can catch the action or get involved yourself. Now a novelty rather than a recognized sport, Jai-Alai is preserved thanks to its attraction for gamblers. Indeed, its home at Magic City, a 6,500-capacity indoor arena and casino, boasts a lavish poker room and a number of electronic table games. If you’ve done your football betting at Space Casino, for example, one of the many popular websites providing sportsbooks and casino games like Blackjack VIP and Lightning Roulette, you’ll be pleased to know Magic City has electronic versions of craps, baccarat, roulette, and blackjack to complement its Jai-Alai courts.

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