When 75,000 fans pack into Dolphin Stadium on Feb. 4 for Super Bowl XLI, when the coin is finally tossed and that ball is first kicked, this city will become, temporarily at least, the football capital of the world.
But no matter how many tens of millions of homes the game is beamed into, Miami is like a runway model wearing an oversized football jersey that hangs to her knees. This city cannot hide its seductive, playful, sleepless nature behind a facade of pigskin and turf.
Those that descend here for the big game will be greeted by the sandy coastline and pulsating clubs that have long been synonymous with this tropical playground, but also a lively arts scene, distinct neighborhoods and surprisingly serene escapes, reports AP.
As game day nears, the opportunities for a visitor are as diverse as this city that is both sleek and gritty, authentic and artificial, boisterous and serene.