By Justin Ross
Miami is the second biggest U.S. gateway for international arrivals, and it’s also the 29th busiest in the world, according to the Airports Council International.
PortMiami is known as the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line are headquartered in Miami.
Miami ranked No. 3 on Wallethub’s list of 2016’s Best Foodie Cities.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Miami was the first place in the world to install a designated ATM for rollerbladers.
Miami is the only city that is bordered by two national parks—Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.
Sunscreen was invented by a Miami pharmacist.
The word Miami comes from the native Calusa tribe, who used the word “Mayami” to mean “big water.”
Since the start of the 20th century, there has been just one recording of snow in Miami, which occurred Jan. 19, 1977.
In 2010, Miami-Dade County was the fifth largest school district in the country with over 347,000 students.
With over 92,000 students in 2014-15, Miami Dade College has a higher enrollment than any public university in the U.S. In comparison, the country’s largest university, the University of Central Florida, has just 64,000 students.
In 2015, Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital was the country’s largest public hospital in terms of bed counts, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.
The city of Miami has over 50 shipwrecks that are accessible for divers.
The Miami Dolphins are the only football team in the NFL to record an undefeated season (1972).
Miami Beach is a man-made island that was originally intended to be a coconut grove.
Miami’s Art Deco District is the largest collection of Art Deco materials in the world.
In 2016, Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove was ranked among Business Insider’s 50 best private high schools in America.
Florida is the state that produces the most NFL players—many of whom hail from Miami like Ed Reed, Antonio Brown and Amari Cooper.
* several facts courtesy of Miami-Dade Gov. City of Miami Beach
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2017 Miami Open will be played March 20-April 2 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men’s and women’s tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.
Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.