Sports and Recreation

Tradition Field
Centrally located on Florida's Research Coast is Tradition Field at St. Lucie West, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets major league baseball (MLB) team and the summer home of the Port St. Lucie Mets minor league team.

Port St. Lucie's own Tradition Field... since 1988, it's been the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. The New York Mets have a faithful following of avid fans. With our east coast location, we are ideally situated to play host to many northeast visitors each spring who travel to support and cheer on the Mets. This presents our region with a significant opportunity to showcase our fine region and all our community assets. Sports writers from major national media - and, of course, New York City sports reporters - provide extensive coverage of the Mets games, all of which gives Florida's Research Coast tremendous media exposure every year in the world's largest media market.

PGA Village
Florida's Research Coast offers residents and visiting golfers the convenience of the nearby PGA Village with its three public golf courses and unique Learning Center plus a private championship golf course.
Over the years, golf has always held a major presence on Florida's Research Coast. The PGA Village, a PGA of America facility has three daily fee courses plus the one-of-a-kind PGA Learning Center, the PGA's only training facility in the world, awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest. There is also a private 18-hole championship course, designed by Jim Fazio. This course and its accompanying 22,000-square foot clubhouse with tennis courts and a swimming pool are owned and operated by the PGA of America.

The Honda Classic, held every spring in Palm Beach Gardens, is a world-class, match play PGA tournament hosting international tour players from around the world. As part of the PGA Tours annual "Florida Swing," The Honda Classic takes place approximately 30 minutes south of the center of Florida's Research Coast at the PGA National Spa & Resort in Palm Beach Gardens. www.thehondaclassic.como

PGA Village is the perfect site to entertain corporate clients and conduct fundraising activities. The PGA Village also has plans to build a world-class conference center here. www.pgavillage.com

Club Med Sandpiper Resort
Florida's Research Coast is home to the Club Med Sandpiper Resort, offering world-class hotel accommodations and amenities for visiting scientists, research partners and clients as well as temporary employee lodging.
Science and technology organizations that locate on Florida's Research Coast will appreciate having the Club Med Sandpiper Resort within reach. For visiting researchers, scientists and dignitaries, it features world-class accommodations and amenities.

With its wild and natural habitat, the Club Med Sandpiper Resort offers guests a taste of the way Florida used to be. Reminiscent of an old Florida estate, the seven buildings of the village overlook the St. Lucie River and are surrounded by majestic gardens and fountains.

In addition to its three swimming pools, Club Med Sandpiper offers its guests a fantastic array of sports and activities for both adults and children: sailing, basketball, aerobics, softball, volleyball, in-line skating, water-skiing, tennis, nature walks, aerobics, bocce ball, mini-soccer, circus workshops and skateboarding.

The tennis buff or golf enthusiast will discover a virtual paradise with the village's 18-hole golf course and the 19-court tennis complex.

Visit the Club Med Sandpiper Resort Web site at: www.clubmed.us
College and Pro Sports
Florida's Research Coast, serving both Central and South Florida, puts it close to many of the top collegiate and major-league professional sports teams in NFL football, to MLB baseball and NBA basketball.

When you're a part of Florida's Research Coast, you're also close to some of the top teams in college and professional sports.

For starters, there's the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins. Port St. Lucie is the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. South Florida is also home to the NFL's Miami Dolphins, the NBA's Miami Heat, and perennial NCAA football power University of Miami Hurricanes. And along with its theme parks, nearby Orlando boasts the Magic of the NBA.

College sports are well represented throughout the region with each institution fielding competitive teams in a wide variety of athletics.

This includes:

Florida Atlantic University Owls - www.fau.edu

Nova Southeastern University Sharks - www.nova.edu

Florida International University Panthers - www.fiu.edu

University of Miami Hurricanes - www.miami.edu

University of Central Florida Knights - www.ucf.edu

Indian Rivers State College Pioneers - www.irsc.edu