Train-to-Team: Brightline To Connect Sports Fans Across South Florida
April 3, 2017
As the calendar turns to April, South Florida sports fans gear up in excitement for Baseball’s Opening Day- with the Miami Marlins first game scheduled for Monday, April 3! A few short months later, Brightline train service will begin from West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to Miami, making a visit to Marlins Park a lot easier for baseball fans across the state. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game will also take place here in Miami on July 11, featuring the greatest players from the American and National Leagues as well as everyone’s favorite Homerun Derby. However, the Miami Marlins are not the only team in town! Brightline will also bring the Miami Heat basketball team and Miami Hurricanes football team a lot closer for fans in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
South Florida sports fans will soon be able to enjoy a seamless and stress-free, train-to-team experience. Riders can relax and leave the driving to Brightline while taking advantage of pre-game necessities like free wifi and a cold one to start the fun early.
Stars Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich lead the Miami Marlins into the 2017 season beginning on the road April 3 against Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals. The home opener for the Miami Marlins is April 11 when they host the Atlanta Braves for a two-game series.
Marlins Park is one of the most unique stadiums in Major League Baseball featuring a retractable roof, plenty of locally-inspired cuisine and a one-of-a-kind sculpture in center field that comes to life with a water show when the home team hits a home run. In the heart of “Little Havana” on the grounds of the former Orange Bowl Stadium, Marlins Park is a short bus ride or rideshare commute from Brightline’s MiamiCentral station.
The Miami Heat are currently making a push to the playoffs and Brightline service will make getting courtside a lot easier for basketball fans next season. Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside are currently leading the team and Head Coach Eric Spolstra is in the running for Coach of the Year honors.
American Airlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat, is a short stroll from MiamiCentral and destined to be one of the most popular attractions for visitors taking the Brightline South.
Fans of the University of Miami or college sports in general will enjoy the accessibility Brightline provides to the main campus in Coral Gables. Connecting to the Metrorail next to MiamiCentral, passengers can take in a baseball game at Mark Light Field and enjoy a famous milkshake as the Hurricanes take the field.
Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Larrañaga and Women’s Basketball Coach Katie Meir led both Hurricanes basketball programs to the NCAA tournament this season. Playing at the Watsco Center on-campus, fans should keep their eyes open for pro sports legends living nearby taking in a game including Alex Rodriguez, Ray Allen and Shane Battier.
Brightline is scheduled to begin introductory service from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale in late July, followed by service to Miami in late August. The official launch of this new express inter-city train service is scheduled for September.