In Greater Gainesville, people tend to bleed orange and blue, the official colors of the Florida Gators. Bringing thrilling entertainment to the community, University of Florida sports teams are an immense source of pride for locals but not the only source, as Greater Gainesville is home to a wide range of exciting spectator sports.

If you enjoy watching horses maneuver through courses and leap fearlessly over obstacles — then make your way to Canterbury Equestrian Showplace. The equestrian center features some of the best jumps and courses in the country and hosts horse shows and many other horse-related events. It’s a great place for both kids and adults.

You can experience a different kind of horsepower at the Gainesville Raceway, where engines roar, smoke builds and cars race at incredible speeds. Fans from across the country gather at Gainesville Raceway every March for the NHRA Gatornationals.

High Springs BMX takes you from four wheels to two. BMX racing, or bicycle motocross racing, is an adrenaline-inducing sport where racers speed through rigorous tracks and launch themselves off of ramps. While airborne, they skillfully twist their bodies to produce different series of flips that make for an exceptional show.

For more traditional sports like baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball, check out Santa Fe College’s Saints Athletics. Santa Fe College student-athletes fight for victory and leave their hearts on the field.

As for the Florida Gators, the University of Florida provides spectators with an assortment of sports to choose from: baseball, basketball (men and women), cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, volleyball and the all-important football.

With such a wide selection of sports to watch, there is never a dull moment in Greater Gainesville.

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