Big Bowl Games to be Played in South Florida  

by Pool Builders on 01-10-2010 in Articles

South Florida is well known among travelers far and wide for its exquisite beaches, tropical temperatures and sizzling nightlife. But here's yet another reason to visit this sun-drenched mecca for shopping and dining this winter: It will the site of two of the most widely watched sports games in the world! Sun Life Stadium, conveniently nestled between Miami [http://www.getaroom.com/miami] and Ft. Lauderdale [http://www.getaroom.com/fort-lauderdale] will host the first big Bowl on January 31, 2010 - the first time in 30 years it will be held outside of Hawaii - and the other on February 7, 2010.

The stadium, which opened in 1987, is no stranger to big games as it been home to four Bowls, three BCS college national championships, The World Baseball Classic, two MLB World Series, and the annual Orange Bowl college football game since 1996. Such events have drawn huge crowds to South Florida, making it one of the country's most celebrated sports venues. Though the hometown Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins call South Florida home each season, first-time travelers to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale will be doing the same once immersed in all the fun and excitement the area has to offer.

Vibrant South Beach, famous for its bustling shops and trendy restaurants, is only a 35 minute drive from the stadium. Travelers will also be minutes away from the popular Cuban restaurants lining Miami's 8th Street, animals galore at the Miami Metro Zoo, the hustle and bustle at Aventura Mall, and lively horse racing at the Calder Race Course in Ft. Lauderdale. As far as lodging, travelers attending either game have a bevy of hotels to choose from that will keep them close to the pigskin action.

1.Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort: This oceanfront property in Sunny Isles Beach is eight miles from Sun Life Stadium and nine miles from South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. To commemorate its 40th anniversary, the hotel is undergoing interior and exterior renovations that will give way to a wider range of modern amenities for guests. Among its many facilities are a waterfront cafe, spa and salon, 18,000 square feet of meeting space and exercise room. The hotel's oceanfront location makes it ideal for weddings, business functions, and intimate gatherings.

2.Trump International Beach Resort: The 31-story oceanfront Trump International Beach Resort faces Sunny Isles Beach and is set nine miles from Sun Life Stadium, four miles from Gulfstream Park, and 12 miles from South Beach. The on-site Aquanox Spa boasts a treatment menu that includes facial treatments and massages. Travelers looking to host a post-game party or corporate event can take advantage of 22,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 5,075-square-foot oceanfront ballroom. Cocktails are popular at the Lime Lounge, the Trump's lobby bar, which lies adjacent to the hotel's popular Sushi Bar.

3.Holiday Park Hotel & Suites: Just off I-95 and minutes from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, this Deerfield Beach hotel is only 15 minutes away from Sun Life Stadium and enjoys close proximity to Boca Raton and Pompano Beach. Travelers booking their stay for either big game will receive a complimentary round trip ticket they can use to get to the stadium via the Tri-Rail Commuter Train. While on the property, guests can go head-to-head with a friend in the billiards room, work out in the fitness room, or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Nearby attractions include Quiet Waters Park, Deer Creek Golf Club and Deerfield Beach Pier.

4.Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach: Only 7.5 miles separate Sun Life Stadium from this South Florida luxury hotel, just minutes away from Gulfstream Park, Dania Jai-Alai and Aventura Mall. It boasts a 24-hour business center, fitness center, two restaurants, an outdoor heated pool, and 10,000 square feet of function space. Annual events near the property include the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and Ft. Lauderdale International Auto Show. After a busy day taking in the area's scenic attractions, travelers can enjoy a soothing massage with Touch Spa and take advantage of the Crowne Plaza's well-touted Sleep Advantage Program.

With two huge games in the offing, there's no question energetic South Florida makes a great destination from which to kick off the new year. Whether it's the breathtaking beaches or shopping galore that tickle your fancy, this will be one trip you won't soon forget.

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