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There is already an article within this guide on the vast array of professional sport in the Disney area. That article focuses on Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey. This article follows on from that with some more ideas.

American Football
Like baseball, American Football is the all-American game, although a mystery to some European visitors. There are many matches held locally - for top level American Football it is necessary to travel a little further afield. A little over an hours drive is necessary to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play at the Raymond James Stadium. The regular season runs from August through to December - but make sure you have tickets before travelling, as the majority of seats are taken by season ticket holders. If you are happy to travel further to see top sport, a trip to Miami to see the Dolphins is a must. Miami is truly cosmopolitan, and also provides an opportunity to visit South Beach and the art-deco district.

Speedway (Motor Racing)
The world famous Daytona Speedway is in Florida - just head North along the Interstate. The most famous race is the Daytona 500 - but around a dozen big race meetings are held each year, featuring cars, stock cars or motorcycles. Nearer to the attractions, Disney has its own racing circuit - the Richard Petty Driving Experience, situated just alongside the entrance to The Magic Kingdom. As well as the opportunity to watch, it is also possible to drive around the Disney speedway, with a variety of different packages on sale.

Golf
As well as the opportunity to play golf, many big tournaments are played on the region's courses, featuring the top names from the world of golf - Tiger Woods is an Orlando resident. PGA tour events are held on Disney's courses.

Walt Disney World Marathon
The annual Walt Disney World Marathon is a major event attracting many top athletes. The route takes in all 4 major theme parks. The event usually takes place in January, and draws big crowds.

Greyhound Racing
As well as being the landing point for many international visitors at the airport, Sanford also has regular greyhound racing

Soccer
There are many bars and restaurants which show English and European soccer. For those who just can't miss out on the latest premiership and international matches, many are shown live via satellite. Don't forget the time difference, which means that many matches kick off in the middle of the morning. It’s not quite the same as watching live sport - but the atmosphere can be electric for big matches, as the bars fill with 'ex-pats'.

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