Here in Lakeland, you don’t have to travel to a big city to find exciting sports. Swan City is home to three professional + minor league sports teams that bring major excitement. Whether you consider yourself a hooper, batter, or striker, there’s a team for you to root for.
The beautiful game
You can find the Florida Tropics Soccer Club playing arena matches indoors at the RP Funding Center + outdoor matches at Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. The team was the United Premier Soccer League championship winner in 2019. Their season lasts from December–April, and you can purchase season tickets when they go on sale today.
Look out for Swish, the Magic’s mascot, at home games. | Photo via The Lakeland Magic
Nothin’ but net
Catch a Lakeland Magic game, the NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic. The team typically plays from November–April at the RP Funding Center, and the Magic won their first G League Championship in 2021. Keep an eye out for their upcoming schedule, set to be released this month.
Is there anything more classic than a baseball game on a sunny day? | Photo by @kvb05
Take me out to the ballgame
Buy your peanuts and Cracker Jack at a Lakeland Flying Tigers game. The Flying Tigers are the minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, who also play their spring training games in Lakeland. Head to Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium from April–September where each game has a different promotion. Pro tip: Get tickets for tomorrow night’s game to play Baseball Bingo.