The inaugural GIS Miami Global Sports Summit will take place in April 2022, during the academic Spring Break. Primarily based at the Inter Miami CF Stadium, the summit will be based around specially tailored talks, exclusive networking opportunities and visits specific to the US sports industry, as well as ample opportunities to take in live sport in this fantastic city.

The Inter Miami CF Stadium is home to Major League Soccer’s 25th franchise, whose ownership group is composed of former England captain David Beckham, Jorge and Jose Mas as well as Marcelo Claure and Masayoshi Son.

GIS is busy confirming the schedule for the week and can announce that it is discussion with all of the Major League sports franchises in the city of Miami with the aim of incorporating as many of them as possible into the week of activities. The city is a sporting hub and features world-renowned teams such as Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami Marlins (MLB), and Florida Panthers (NHL), as well as GIS’s fantastic partners Inter Miami CF (MLS).

Please note: Booking will open to UCFB and GIS students and alumni at 5pm on Tuesday 18th January on the UCFB Online Store. We are expecting very high demand for spaces to attend this Summit, and we are working with limited capacities. A set number of spaces will be allocated to different year groups, and these spaces will then be available on a ‘first-paid’ basis.

All students and alumni will have the opportunity to book to attend the Summit.

The dates of the 2022 GIS Miami Global Sports Summit will be April 18th – 25th.

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What will the Summit include?

  • Enhance your knowledge of the US sports industry from professionals working at some of the biggest organisations in Florida;
  • Understand and see first-hand how sport operates in one of the biggest and most successful markets in the world;
  • Network with industry decision-makers and enhance your employment opportunities in the US sports industry;
  • Experience incredible live sport at some of the world's best stadiums and arenas.
What you can expect from the Miami Summit:
Live sport experiences

Experiencing live sport will form a key part of the Summit.
Our 2022 Miami Global Sports Summit will include:

  • Major League Soccer at DRV PNK Stadium: Inter Miami CF v Atlanta Utd
  • Major League Baseball @ LoanDepot Park: Miami Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals
  • NHL @ FLA Live Arena: Florida Panthers v Detroit Red Wings

Tickets for all of these live sport experiences will be included in the cost of the trip.

Organisations attending
  • Elite sports teams and franchises;
  • Stadium and venue staff;
  • Sports club owners and management groups;
  • Sports agencies;
  • Sports media and broadcasters;
  • Former and current players, managers and coaches.
Guest speakers

GIS is currently planning the schedule of guest speakers for the Miami Global Sports Summit and is in conversation with senior leaders from a variety of prominent sports organisations in the USA about this.

Details of the guest speakers for the 2022 Summit will be communicated closer to the time of the event.

Behind the scenes access

Getting behind the scenes of key sporting organisations will form a key part of the Summit. This will include tours of stadiums and training facilities and meeting key staff.

City experiences

Free time will be built into the schedule of the week and there will be ample opportunity for students to explore what Miami has to offer.

Networking opportunities

Networking with key players in the sports industry will form a central part of the Miami Global Sports Summit. There will be opportunities to meet with senior leaders and decision makers from major sports organisations, providing an excellent chance for attendees to build connections and build their personal brand whilst learning about the local sports market.

Travel & accommodation

Accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by UCFB/GIS, and students will be required to pay the full amount to confirm their place at the summit. Travel is to be booked independently by students.

Booking details
What is included in the fee I pay to UCFB-GIS?
  • Accommodation
  • Access to live sport experiences
  • Internal coach journeys to summit activities, where appropriate 
What's not included?
  • Flights
  • Food and drink
  • General spending money
  • Visa
How much do I pay to book my place at the Summit?

Please visit the UCFB Online Store for details of the cost of attending the Summit.

Accommodation

All attendees of the 2022 GIS Miami Global Sports Summit will be staying at Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale. The hotel is ideally located – approximately 2 miles to the beach and close to several bars and restaurants. A coach will take Summit attendees to and from the hotel to DRV PNK Stadium each day for the Summit, as well as to and from other sports venues to watch live sport. To make the trip as affordable as possible, all Summit attendees will be staying in twin rooms at our chosen accommodation. Attendees will have the choice of nominating their chosen roommate. Attendees who don’t nominate anyone else from the travelling group to room with will have their roommate nominated for them - genders will be kept separate in this instance. There will be pre-trip get-togethers on campus for attendees to get to know their fellow Summit attendees ahead of this occurring.

Travel & logistics

Attendees are to book their own travel to and from the GIS Miami Global Sports Summit. This allows students and alumni maximum flexibility with their travel plans. UCFB/GIS will hold no responsibility over the travel plans of any of the Summit attendees. After booking your accommodation through UCFB/GIS and booking your travel plans, UCFB/GIS will request the details of your flights. Spaces at the Summit are not guaranteed and so it is imperative that students/alumni do not book their travel plans until their place at the Summit has been confirmed by a member of the GIS International Events Team in writing.

Flight details

South Florida is served by two large international airports – Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport is located closer to our chosen accommodation however it is not as well connected internationally as Miami International Airport. We recommend looking at both options when making your travel arrangements.

Attendees will need to arrive at our chosen accommodation on Monday 18th April, ahead of the start of the Summit on the Tuesday morning. Check-in is officially at 4pm on the Monday; it may be possible to check-in early, however this is not guaranteed at this stage.

Check-out will be on April 25th by 11am.

The GIS Events Team will be able to recommend and support with travel plans for attendees of the Miami Global Sports Summit.

Discover Miami

Your guide to Miami
A brief history

Traded between Spain, Britain and then the US, Miami started to become the important tourist destination it is today in the early 20th century as people began to discover its year-round climate and idyllic coastline. This is when the building boom started and the rich and famous began moving into the area, first in spectacular mansions and later the art deco architecture found near South Beach. The 21st century has seen Miami become one of, if not the, world’s key cruise destinations, serving over 20 cruise companies and 60 different passenger ships.

Things to do

Do you prefer going to the beach or shopping? Maybe you’re a history buff? Unsurprisingly, Miami caters for all. Downtown Miami is known for its collection of both historic and modern buildings, and Little Havana is famed for its Latin galleries and bustling restaurants. Head over to Miami Beach to experience the glamour this city is famed for: Ocean Drive, South Beach, the historic Art Deco district – just remember your sun cream.

Sport in Miami

Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers and now Inter Miami. One thing Miami isn’t short of is elite sports franchises playing in North America’s leading leagues.

Click here for more information on sport in Miami

Food & drink

Given Miami’s European links and strong ties to Latin culture, good food is just around the corner in this city. Think flavour, think fresh, think filling. Empandas, Cuban sandwiches, Key lime pie, incredible sea food and alligator – whether it’s a street vendor or fine dining, all of this and more makes Miami a gastronomical delight.

Frequently asked questions
What are GIS’s Global Sports Summits?

GIS's global study hubs will each host one Global Sports Summit at each hub this academic year, providing attendees with a packed schedule of industry insight, professional development and networking opportunities. They will feature guests from renowned sporting organisations, locally tailored to each global study hub, allowing attendees to learn best practice and understand how sport is managed within each country. Each Global Sports Summit will provide guests grouped into three categories: from the boardroom, from the industry and from the pitch, allowing students and alumni the opportunity to truly understand all aspects of sport. 

Click here for further information on the GIS Global Sports Summits that are planned for this academic year.

What are GIS's global hubs?

GIS’s global hubs will provide current students and alumni the opportunity to attend Global Sports Summits, based at some of the world’s leading stadiums. GIS’s global hubs are based at New York's Red Bull Arena, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Toronto FC's BMO Field, the Inter Miami CF Stadium and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
UCFB and GIS has exclusive partnerships with these stadiums, providing a unique global network for students and alumni.

What are the benefits of visiting a global hub?

Visiting a Global Sports Summit at one of GIS’s global hubs will allow you to grasp a true understanding of how different sports are managed around the world by hearing first-hand from leading sports organisations, which will be locally tailored to each global hub location.

In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to further develop professional skills and gain a cultural awareness of another part of the world. International educational experiences have been shown to boost student prospects across a variety of areas, particularly:

  • Increased average earnings;
  • Increased employment rate;
  • Increased overall grades.
Do GIS's global hubs provide any other benefits?

In addition to all benefits listed for those visiting a GIS global hub, there is still a host of benefits that will arise from UCFB’s international expansion, including:

  • Thought leadership from our global hub partners, accessible through the GIS Global Insight Series and the content hub of the UCFB website;
  • Increased work experience and employment opportunities for current students and alumni, through increased international employer engagement;
  • A more global alumni network.
I want to visit a Global Hub but can’t afford to pay for travel and accommodation. What options do I have?

UCFB/GIS believes strongly in the benefits of students and alumni attending GIS Global Sports Summits, however we recognise that this comes at a cost to the individual. As a result, we have developed the GIS Global Insight Series, a portal of content regularly updated, featuring thought leadership, Q&As and career advice from UK campus guest speakers as well as from all of our global study hub partners. This content can be found on the student Online Hub, as well as on Job Teaser for alumni.

Can I book my travel through GIS for the Miami Global Sports Summit?

To allow students and alumni maximum flexibility, Summit attendees must book all travel arrangements independently. Logistical information will be made available to all students and alumni in January 2022, however if further information is required please contact global@ucfb.com and our team will be happy to help you with your travel plans.

What airport should I fly to when travelling for the Miami Global Sports Summit?

Please note that South Florida is served by two large international airports – Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport is located closer to DRV PNK Stadium – the home of Inter Miami CF and our base for the week of the Summit – however it is not as well connected internationally as Miami International Airport. We recommend looking at both options when making your travel arrangements.

GIS will communicate detailed logistical information and recommendations to all students and alumni once details of the 2022 event have been confirmed.

Can I book my own accommodation for the Summit?

Accommodation for this opportunity will solely be booked by UCFB/GIS, and to book your place at the Summit you must book accommodation through UCFB/GIS. All attendees will be staying at the same hotel for the duration of the Summit.

Do I have to attend every day of the Summit, or can I pick and choose which days and which activities to attend?

Attendees are expected to attend all sessions as part of the Summit. Whilst the Summit is ongoing, the focus of all UCFB/GIS and local staff will be on providing an excellent experience for those in attendance.

When will a full schedule become available for the Summit?

We are busy working with sports organisations and individuals in the US to confirm the best possible experiences and speakers for the Summit. We will release details of speakers and experiences as they become confirmed in due course. A full and detailed schedule will be sent to all those travelling before we depart for Miami. As communicated, the Summit will contain a mix of guest speakers, learning opportunities, networking opportunities, live sport and behind the scenes access.

I am an alumni/online student living in Miami – can I attend the event?

Yes. Please contact global@ucfb.com after completing the booking form to discuss this.

How much spending money will I need and what will I need money for whilst in the US?

Attendees will need money for food, drink, city activities, and general spending. Miami is a vibrant area with a huge variety of options, however spending budgets depend on the individual.

What will happen on day one of the Summit? How will I know where to go?

GIS will have a team in place on the ground in Miami to assist with inbound Summit attendees. Once you have booked your place at the Summit and booked your travel, UCFB/GIS will request your travel plans so that we can assist you with logistics on Day one when you arrive.

Will I need a visa to go to the Summit? Who is responsible for arranging this?

Summit attendees are responsible for ensuring they can travel to the US and to any countries in which they stop at as part of their journey to and from the Summit, along with any visa costs.

British nationals need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. It costs 14 dollars to apply.

If you do not qualify for entry under the ESTA, you’ll need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

Further information on US immigration rules is available from the UK Government website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements and USA Customs and Border Protection website.  

Summit attendees have full responsibility for their entry requirements. If you are an international student or alumni, please contact your relevant embassy or government website to check your travel permissions and any steps you need to take to gain access to the US.

UCFB/GIS encourages all attendees to check their travel permissions and make their visa arrangements well in advance of the Summit in case of any visa processing delays.

I'm an online student, can I still visit a GIS global hub?

Yes! All current students and alumni will be able to attend a Global Sports Summit at a GIS global hub.

Can you attend a Global Sports Summit if you are not a current UCFB or GIS student or alumnus?

No. Places are only available for current UCFB and GIS students as well as all alumni.

Can I attend more than one Global Sports Summit?

Yes! Places are limited at every Summit, however there is nothing stopping you applying to attend more than one event.

Can I visit a GIS global hub at any time of the year?

Currently GIS’s global hubs will only be accessible during each Global Sports Summit. In time, UCFB and GIS may look to increase accessibility through more educational events.

Can I arrive a few days before the Summit / leave a few days after the Summit to explore the US?

Attendees will be free to make their own travel arrangements as they see fit, however are reminded that for the duration of the Summit their accommodation will be fixed as per the Summit schedule.

Will there be free time included in the schedule for me to explore the city?

Yes – we know that attendees will want time to themselves to explore the area at their own leisure and this will be scheduled into the Summit agenda.

Will the live sports games be free of charge?

Some live sports games will be free of charge – these will be core activities that form a part of the Summit.

What will happen if government regulations make the Global Summits unfeasible?

The feasibility of hosting our international Summits in-country is under constant review. Where travel is not possible due to COVID-19, the Global Sports Summits will be delivered virtually and made available for all UCFB and GIS students. We are committing to communicating a final decision on whether these events will go ahead in-person or virtually with a minimum of 2 months’ notice.

Will I require travel insurance to attend the Miami Summit?

Yes – students will be required to purchase their own travel insurance for this trip.

Will I get the opportunity to choose my roommate for the accommodation?

Yes. Once the final travelling list is confirmed there will be opportunities on-campus to meet the other students and alumni who will be attending the Summit. After this, everyone will have the opportunity to nominate their roommate. It will be up to the attendees to arrange this and to let UCFB/GIS know who they wish to room with. For anyone without a nominated roommate, UCFB/GIS will pair up with others of the same gender.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend the Summit?

Yes. UCFB/GIS is making it a requirement of registration that all attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and this needs to be evidenced to UCFB/GIS in advance of travelling. If you are medically exempt from being vaccinated for COVID-19 and wish to attend the Summit, please contact global@ucfb.com to discuss further.

Campuses & Global Study Hubs

The Global Institute of Sport utilises a network of global stadium venues. Inter Miami CF Stadium, plus Global Study Hubs at New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) allow students to truly immerse themselves in the world of sport.

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