MICHIGAN AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO SQUARE-OFF IN 2018 OUTBACK BOWL

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MICHIGAN AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO SQUARE-OFF IN 2018 OUTBACK BOWL

MICHIGAN AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO SQUARE-OFF IN 2018 OUTBACK BOWL

 

Tampa, FL— The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks will square-off in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in Tampa, bowl officials announced today.  Both teams are 8-4.  It will be only the fourth time these teams have played in more than 125 seasons of their football history.  It will also be a rematch of the 2013 Outback Bowl thriller that included four lead changes in the second half and finished with a Gamecock TD pass with 11 seconds remaining to win 33-28.

 

“We are very excited to extend an invitation to the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Todd Buchanan.  “These are two exciting teams and a quality match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching on New Year’s Day.    We look forward to hosting the Wolverine and Gamecock teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have an amazing and memorable experience in the Tampa Bay area.”

 

“Michigan proudly accepts the invitation to have our student-athletes, coaches and fans experience the Outback Bowl this holiday season,” said Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics at Michigan. “On our previous five trips to Tampa, the Outback Bowl staff has provided a first-class, memorable experience for everyone associated with our program.”

 

“We are honored to represent our University and the Big Ten Conference in the tradition-laden Outback Bowl in Tampa,” said Jim Harbaugh, U-M’s J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. “Our players and staff are excited to face an excellent SEC opponent and look forward to the competition on New Year’s Day.”

 

I’d like to congratulate head coach Will Muschamp for his leadership of our football program,” said Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “It’s a compliment to him, his staff and the players for the tremendous strides we’ve made over the past two years, and their hard work has been rewarded with a New Year’s Day bowl. I’m also extremely excited for our fans to have an opportunity to watch this team play one more time in a great destination city like Tampa and against a storied program like the Michigan Wolverines. It should be a fun week culminating with a great game on January 1 in the Outback Bowl.”

 

“I’m excited to be heading to Tampa to play Michigan in the Outback Bowl,” said head coach Will Muschamp. “This is a great reward for our staff, our players, the University and our fans for all that we’ve accomplished. Our goal is to enjoy the bowl experience and to come home with nine wins for just the seventh time in school history.”

 

The Outback Bowl will be played on January 1st at 12:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium.     Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or 1-800-745-3000 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.

 

For information on Outback Bowl events leading up to the game go to the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.comfor details.

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Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around The Sun

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Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around The Sun

Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around The Sun

 

Tampa Kicks OffEighteen Major Stadium 2018 Tour

Pre-Sales Begin Today, General Sales Begin October 27

 

Nashville, Tenn. —With Live from No Shoes Nation, the 30-song live recording celebrating the heart and soul of the million+ fans who come out each summer to see Chesney live, hitting streets Oct. 27, Kenny Chesney’s ready to get back to the fans. After a few weeks’ progress working with various organizations to deal with the devastation in the Virgin Islands, the 8-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year announces the stadium portion of his 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour.

 

“Listening to all those tapes of all those shows led to Live in No Shoes Nation,” Chesney says. “And playing those two nights in Foxboro this year made me really want to get out there with all the people who LIVE this music. We have so much fun, so much life, so many memories – all tied up in these shows and these songs – I am ready to get out there and kick into another summer where we can all celebrate how lucky we are to love life and be able to come together.”

 

Kicking off April 21 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, the 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour will gather up all that energy and all the new songs from The Big Revival and Cosmic Hallelujah, mix them with everyone’s favorites, add in a few wild cards and hit the road like only Chesney can. Joining him for this year’s trip around the sun will be Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist and Country Music Association and ACM Single of the Year winner Thomas Rhett (“Die a Happy Man,” “It Goes Like This,” “Craving You (feat. Maren Morris)”), good time band Old Dominion (“Break Up with Him,” “Song for Another Time”) and newcomer Brandon Lay.

“There’s nothing like a stadium full of people coming together to remind you what life’s about,” Chesney says. “The energy, the moments, the fun. Every single one of these artists who’re coming out with us for Trip Around the Sun live their lives the exact same way: they work hard, they appreciate what they’re given and they love music every bit as much as they love life. I, personally, can’t wait to see this show hit the road.”
 

 

 

For Chesney, who’s been called “The King of the Road” by Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by the The Los Angeles Times, there is nowhere he feels more alive than when he’s onstage. His stadium shows are a rite of summer for many, and the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee has built his career by striving to give people a night that defines their summer.

 

Tickets for the Trip Around the Sun will be available at www.kennychesney.com/events.

 

 

Dates for Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour

with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay

 

April 21        Raymond James Stadium            Tampa, FL
April 28        Miller Park                    Milwaukee, WI
May 5            US Bank Stadium                Minneapolis, MN    
May 19            AT&T Stadium                    Dallas, TX

May 26            Mercedes-Benz Stadium            Atlanta, GA

June 2            Heinz Field                    Pittsburgh, PA

June 9            Lincoln Financial Field                Philadelphia, PA

June 16            Mapfre Stadium                    Columbus, OH

June 23            Chase Field                    Phoenix, AZ

June 30            Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium    Denver, CO

July 7            Centurylink Field                Seattle, WA.

July 14            Arrowhead Stadium                Kansas City, MO

July 21            Busch Stadium                    Saint Louis, MO

July 28            Soldier Field                    Chicago, IL

August 4        Ford Field                    Detroit, MI

August 11        Nissan Stadium                    Nashville, TN

August 18        MetLife Stadium                East Rutherford, NJ

August 24        Gillette Stadium                Foxboro, MA

 

(Gillette show will have Dierks Bentley, the Brothers Osborne + Brandon Lay)

        

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Media Contacts for Kenny Chesney and the 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour:
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Ebie McFarland
(615) 327-3259
ebie@ebmediapr.com
Press materials available at http://ebmediapr.com/clients/kennychesney
 
Blue Chair Bay/Columbia Nashville
Fount Lynch
(615) 301-4373
fount.lynch@sonymusic.com

 

Tampa Sports Authority

Bobby Silvest

(813) 350-6500

bsilvest@tampasportsauthority.com

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Ed Sheeran: 2018 North American Stadium Tour

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Ed Sheeran: 2018 North American Stadium Tour

ED SHEERAN ANNOUNCES 2018 NORTH AMERICAN STADIUM TOUR

TOUR STOP IN TAMPA NOVEMBER 7, 2018 AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

CROSS- COUNTRY TREK KICKS OFF AUGUST 18TH AT THE ROSE BOWL

FAN PRE-SALE BEGINS MONDAY, OCTOBER 16TH AT 10AM LOCAL TIME, WITH

GENERAL ON-SALE STARTING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

GLOBAL SUPERSTAR LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE “PERFECT” WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE

ON ABC’S “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” AND THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED RETURN OF

MTV’S “TRL” ON OCTOBER 2ND

SOLD OUT ARENA TOUR ARRIVES IN NYC THIS WEEKEND WITH 3 NIGHT STAND AT

BROOKLYN’S BARCLAYS CENTER

2X-PLATINUM CERTIFIED "÷" CONTINUES TO BE THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF

THE YEAR THUS FAR

HISTORY-MAKING LEAD SINGLE “SHAPE OF YOU” IS

THE MOST STREAMED SONG EVER ON SPOTIFY

 

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran has announced details for his

first-ever North American stadium tour. Dates begin next summer on August 18th at the Rose

Bowl in Pasadena, CA, and continue into November (see attached itinerary).

 

To ensure that tickets go to his fans, not scalpers or bots, Sheeran is partnering with

Ticketmaster to use the #VerifiedFan system. Registration opened on Friday, September 22,

2017 at 5:30 PM ET and closes on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10 PM ET. The Fan Presales

are set to begin Monday, October 16th 10 AM and run through Thursday, October 19th 10 PM (all

times local). The general public on-sales are Friday, October 20th at 10am (local).

 

Last week, Sheeran launched the latest single “Perfect” with a companion lyric video that

amassed over 3 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours and is now up to over 6.4 million

views. “Perfect” made it’s U.S. television premiere this morning with a live performance on

ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Next week, Sheeran returns to NYC’s Times Square for the

much-anticipated return of MTV’s “TRL” on October 2nd.

 

“Perfect” is the 3rd single off of Sheeran’s blockbuster 3rd studio album “÷” (pronounced

“divide”). Now certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA, the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s third

studio offering is the biggest selling album of the year thus far. After debuting at #1 on the

Billboard 200 with the biggest first week sales at the time of its March release, “÷” remained

in the chart’s top 10 for a staggering 24 weeks. In the U.S. alone, tracks on “÷” have

collectively earned more than 1 billion on demand streams.

 

Sheeran has likewise enjoyed record-setting success with the album’s 6x-Platinum certified,

lead single “Shape Of You,” which is now the most streamed on song ever on Spotify. In

addition to topping Billboard’s “Hot 100” for 12 weeks, the hit song remained in the top 10

for 33 consecutive weeks, the most ever in the chart’s 59-year history. “Shape of You” and

follow-up Platinum certified single “Castle On The Hill” debuted at #1 and #6 respectively on

Billboard’s “Hot 100” upon their tandem release at the top of the year, establishing Sheeran

as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts.

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Multi-platinum, multiple GRAMMY Award winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has quickly

established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 26 million albums

sold and 5 billion Spotify streams. His third studio album “÷” (pronounced divide) has proven

to be a global phenomenon of its own, selling over 4 million units worldwide in its first week.

In the U.S., “÷” entered the Billboard 200 at #1 and has since been RIAA certified 2x-

Platinum. The landmark album has also gone to #1 on iTunes in 102 countries around the

world, and shattered the record for the highest first week Spotify streams ever, logging more

than 375 million streams over the full week. Lead single “Shape Of You” earned Sheeran his

first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it held the top spot for 12 weeks, and has already

been certified 6x-Platinum by the RIAA. Sheeran’s follow-up single “Castle on the Hill” has

also been certified Platinum by the RIAA and has joined "Shape Of You” at the top of the radio

charts. Sheeran has supported his latest album with a number of high profile, national

television appearances including performances on the 59th GRAMMY Awards, Saturday Night

Live, TODAY, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 2017

Billboard Music Awards, and most recently the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Additional

press highlights include Sheeran’s first Rolling Stone cover, inclusion in TIME’s “100 Most

Influential People in the World,” CBS This Morning Sunday profile, The Howard Stern Show,

The Late Late Show with James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and more. This summer, Sheeran

received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 2017 Hal David Starlight Award which honors gifted

young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry with original

compositions.

 

As one of the world's most in-demand songwriters, Sheeran has penned hit songs for both

himself and other top artists including Taylor Swift, One Direction, The Weeknd, Major Lazer,

Tori Kelley, and Justin Bieber, who’s blockbuster single “Love Yourself” was the #1 song on

Billboard’s 2016 year end Hot 100 chart and nominated for “Song of the Year” at this year’s

GRAMMY Awards. The song earned Sheeran his 11th GRAMMY nomination, and the third time in

the prestigious, songwriting category. In 2015, Sheeran was named Songwriter of the Year at

the Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate, honor and reward excellence in British and Irish

songwriting and composing. Sheeran’s “The A Team” had previously been recognized for Best

Song Musically and Lyrically in 2012.

 

One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Ed has played sold out headline shows at

some of the biggest venues around the world, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA,

NYC’s Madison Square Garden where he played 3 sold out shows, Suncorp Stadium in Sydney,

and London’s Wembley Stadium where he performed in front of 240,000 fans over 3 nights.

Earlier this year, Sheeran kicked off his world tour in support of “÷,” with his 60-date North

American summer leg set selling out in minutes.

 

Sheeran made a triumphant return to the UK’s Glastonbury Festival to headline the Pyramid

Stage, once again performing with nothing but his guitar and loop pedal in front of an

audience of nearly 200,000.

 

Sheeran launched his own imprint, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015, with the signing of

fellow British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson – whose self-titled album debuted at #1 in the

UK – and Irish troubadour Foy Vance.

 

 

 

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OUTBACK BOWL TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT TICKETMASTER

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OUTBACK BOWL TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT TICKETMASTER

OUTBACK BOWL TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT TICKETMASTER

 

Tampa, FL - Tickets to the January 2018 Outback Bowl, the area’s annual major college football post-season bowl game, are now on sale through Ticketmaster.  The bowl will be celebrating its 32nd year as it plays host to teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten Conference on New Year’s Day in Raymond James Stadium.  Kickoff is slated for 12:00 P.M. EST.

Phone orders can be placed with a credit card by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.  Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com  and in person at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.

For information on premium seating through a bowl membership package call the Outback Bowl office directly at (813) 874-BOWL or go to the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.com for details. 

The Outback Bowl boasts the longest running title sponsor of any college bowl game in the country with partner Outback Steakhouse celebrating its 23rd year with the bowl.

For more than three decades the Outback Bowl has attracted visitors from more than 40 states each year to join local fans for the game and week-long events calendar while generating tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region.  The bowl has contributed almost $140 million to universities over its history, hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to local charities and generated an estimated $1 billion economic impact on the Tampa Bay area over this time.

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FIRST LOOK AT ALL-NEW WEST STADIUM CLUB, NEW TEAM RETAIL STORE, AND BUCCANEERS LOCKER ROOM AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

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FIRST LOOK AT ALL-NEW WEST STADIUM CLUB, NEW TEAM RETAIL STORE, AND BUCCANEERS LOCKER ROOM AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

MEDIA PREVIEW:
FIRST LOOK AT ALL-NEW WEST STADIUM CLUB, NEW TEAM RETAIL STORE, AND BUCCANEERS LOCKER ROOM AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM                                                                                                                           

On Thursday, August 24, at 1:00 p.m.., the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa will host a press conference in the all-new West Stadium Club to offer media the first look at this year’s renovations at Raymond James Stadium. The latest enhancements, which are part of a multi-year, $150 million renovation project, are highlighted by a completely redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store, expansion of the highly successful Hall of Fame Club, and a new Buccaneers locker room. B-Roll and interview opportunities will be available.

 

Who:               Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford

                        Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan

                        City of Tampa Chief of Staff Dennis Rogero

                        Tampa Sports Authority President/Chief Executive Officer Eric Hart

 

Where:           Raymond James Stadium

                       Media availability will begin in the West Stadium Club

                       Media should enter off Tampa Bay Blvd. and park in Lot D

                       Media check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the West Stadium Club entrance

 

When:             Thursday, August 24

                        1:00 p.m.

 

Media should RSVP to Allen Barrett at abarrett@buccaneers.nfl.com.

 

 

Contact:         Nelson Luis

                        Vice President of Communications

                        Tampa Bay Buccaneers

                        813.554.1314

                        nluis@buccaneers.nfl.com  

 

                        Bobby Silvest

                        Vice President of Marketing & Communications

                        Tampa Sports Authority

                        813.350.6504

                        bsilvest@tampasportsauthority.com

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John Jaeb to chair Tampa Sports Authority Board

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John Jaeb to chair Tampa Sports Authority Board

John Jaeb to chair Tampa Sports Authority Board

(Tampa, Fl./ August 3, 2017) The Tampa Sports Authority Board of Directors has elected John Jaeb to the post of Chairman. Mr. Jaeb was appointed by the City of Tampa and has served on the Authority board since 2013. John is President of Quest Capital Corporation, a private investment firm that manages investments in both businesses and real estate. Previously, Mr. Jaeb served as CEO of Pick Kwik Corporation until the Company was successfully sold to Amerada Hess Corporation. Prior to Pick Kwik, he was VP of Real Estate and Business Development for Shop & Go, Inc. His term as chairman expires in July 2018.

“I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority board during this exciting time of stadium renovations and hosting marquee events, ” said Mr. Jaeb, “I look forward to working with Eric Hart and his management team to continue bringing first class sports and entertainment events to our area.”

The Authority board also elected Tony Muniz as Vice Chairman and City Councilman Frank Reddick as Secretary/ Treasurer.

The Tampa Sports Authority manages Raymond James Stadium and three municipal golf courses- Rocky Point, Rogers Park and Babe Zaharias.  The Authority also serves as the landlord for George Steinbrenner Field and Amalie Arena.

For more information, go to www.tampasportsauthority.com.

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NFL offers Tampa Bay an opportunity to host Super Bowl LV in 2021

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NFL offers Tampa Bay an opportunity to host Super Bowl LV in 2021

It is an honor for Tampa Bay to be considered for its fifth Super Bowl. The Tampa Sports Authority is eager to work with our area partners in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in 2021. 

The comprehensive renovations to Raymond James Stadium ensures that the facility will remain one of the top sports facilities in the country. These improvements were due to the efforts of the administrations of both Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

We appreciate the NFL providing Tampa Bay an opportunity to be considered for this world class event.

 

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CONCACAF Unveils Tampa Bay Gold Cup Matches

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CONCACAF Unveils Tampa Bay Gold Cup Matches

MIAMI, FL - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today the group stage matches and schedule for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tampa Bay and Raymond James Stadium will host Group B matches on July 12 with a doubleheader slate headlined by the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT). The USMNT will take on Martinique, while Panama awaits the Nicaragua/Haiti play-in winner.

 

Today’s event, that included soccer and city dignitaries as well as representatives and head coaches from the qualified nations, took place at Levi’s Stadium, host venue of the Gold Cup final, to be played on July 26. Featuring U.S. national team legend Cobi Jones, remarks by CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido, San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval, and conducted by CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio, the event revealed the path to the regional championship for each of the 12 nations participating in this July’s competition.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to have this incredible soccer championship coming through Tampa Bay for a second time,” said Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Our community is genuinely passionate and excited about soccer and we know that will be evident again this July at Raymond James Stadium.

 

2017 CONCACAF Group B sites include: Tampa (Raymond James Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), Cleveland (FirstEnergy Stadium) and will feature the national teams from the United States, Panama, Martinique, Haiti/Nicaragua.

 

“With the groups now determined, we have a full look at the schedule of Gold Cup matches to be played this July,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With so many exciting matches set to take place in great stadiums from coast to coast, culminating at Levi’s Stadium on July 26, it’s going to be an exciting summer of football for fans across the region.”

To view and download the complete 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup schedule, visit this link. Tickets to all Gold Cup matches are available by visiting www.GoldCup.org. Each Gold Cup group of four teams will visit three cities during group play, disputing a double header in each venue, in round-robin play.

 

This will mark the second Gold Cup to be hosted in Tampa Bay and Raymond James Stadium since 2011.

 

The 2017 Gold Cup will once again feature the USMNT as they will meet Martinique. In their only other previous matchup, the USMNT defeated Martinique, a 2-0 win in 2003 (Foxborough Gold Cup). Panama is also back in Tampa Bay for second time as they prepare to face-off with either Nicaragua or Haiti.

 

Nicaragua and Haiti will battle in a two-legged, play-in series for the last berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on March 24 and 28.

 

Matchups are set for July 12 at Raymond James Stadium. Times will be confirmed at a later date. Tickets are on-sale now! Visit GoldCup.org to purchase your tickets today.

 

* To watch and download videos of the venues and host cities, please click goldcup.org

* Follow the tournament news at the event’s official Twitter account and Facebook page

* Fans can learn more about pre-game hospitality and travel packages for Gold Cup games by visiting www.Primesport.com.

 

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Schedule

 

*Kickoff times TBC

Wednesday, July 12– Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Panama v Haiti/Nicaragua

United States v Martinique

Wednesday, July 19– Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

QF1

QF2

Thursday, July 20– University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

QF3

QF4

Saturday, July 22– AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

SF1

Sunday, July 23– Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

SF2

Wednesday, July 26– Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

Final

 

About the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region and will feature some of the top star players of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.

This year’s event will be broadcast live in the United States on FOX and Univision networks, transmitted on radio in Spanish by the Futbol de Primera network, and broadcast by additional rights partners in countries around the world.

 

Visual Assets for Media Members

 

CONCACAF has prepared visual assets from today’s announcement to aid media members in their coverage of this announcement. Click here to access video and photos from today’s Gold Cup event. Click here to access tournament logos, stadium information, photos and video footage of the stadiums.

 

Local Media Contact:

Michael Farrant

Tampa Bay Sports Commission

MFarrant@VisitTampaBay.com

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U.S. MEN’S SOCCER SET TO RETURN TO RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM FOR 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

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U.S. MEN’S SOCCER SET TO RETURN TO RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM FOR 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | DECEMBER 19, 2016

 

U.S. MEN’S SOCCER SET TO RETURN TO RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM FOR 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

 

TAMPA, FL – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), as well as the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) and Tampa Sports Authority (TSA), are proud to announce the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup will return to Raymond James Stadium (RJS) as part of a July 12 doubleheader.

Headlining Group B matches will be the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT), as they make their second Gold Cup appearance in Tampa Bay (2011).

 

“We could not be more excited to welcome the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a second time,” Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Rob Higgins said. “We have an extremely passionate and growing soccer fan base in the Tampa Bay area, and we look forward to celebrating another fantastic night of top-tier soccer on July 12 at Raymond James Stadium.”

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup at RJS featured the USMNT, Panama, Canada and Guadeloupe, a doubleheader in which Panama and the United States went on to finish atop their Group. A full slate of 2017 Gold Cup teams and matches will be announced in 2017.

Opened in October 1996, Raymond James Stadium is no stranger to holding large sporting and entertainment events, having played host to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 2016 She Believes Cup, Super Bowl XXXV, Super Bowl XLIII, Beyonce: The Formation World Tour, Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour, One Direction: Where We Are Tour, and three Kenny Chesney Tours. Raymond James Stadium is also the home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of South Florida Football, the Outback Bowl and will serve as the host site of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship (Jan. 9, 2017).

For more information on the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, fans are encouraged to visit www.GoldCup.org.

 

Exclusive Presale Offering
Fans interested in being part of an exclusive presale offering for the Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium should visit www.GoldCup.org to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity for any Gold Cup game day in 2017, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2017 Gold Cup will go on sale at a later date. The LOC encourages fans to purchase their tickets early in order to secure the best seats for a great fan experience.

About CONCACAF

CONCACAF services 41 member associations through offices located in Miami, New York, and Guatemala City, and is composed of a Congress, the CONCACAF Council, General Secretariat, several committees and judicial bodies. As the administrative body for the region, CONCACAF manages competitions, offers technical and administrative training courses, while also actively promoting and developing football.

Additional information on the Tampa Bay Sports Commission can be found at TampaBaySports.org. Also, follow the TBSC on Twitter, @SportsTampaBay, as well as Instagram and Facebook.

 

Media Contacts:

Michael Farrant

Multimedia Specialist – Sports Commission

MFarrant@VisitTampaBay.com

 

Bobby Silvest 

Vice President of Marketing & Communications - Tampa Sports Authority

BSilvest@TampaSportsAuthority.com

 

 

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Dierks Bentley to headline Championship Tailgate, Little Big Town to perform the National Anthem

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Dierks Bentley to headline Championship Tailgate, Little Big Town to perform the National Anthem

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED

 

Dierks Bentley to headline Championship Tailgate, Little Big Town to perform the National Anthem

 

CFP to pay tribute to our military with participation from MacDill AFB and U.S. Special Operations Command

 

IRVING, TexasThe College Football Playoff (CFP) today announced the pregame entertainment lineup surrounding the College Football Playoff National Championship, Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

 

Multi-Platinum singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley will headline the Capital One Quicksilver® Music Stage from Championship Tailgate, the ultimate pregame event adjacent to Raymond James Stadium. Bentley has tallied 15 No. 1s and 14 GRAMMY nods over the course of his career and just released the title track from his critically acclaimed album BLACK, which follows two consecutive No. 1 hits: the CMA award-winning and GRAMMY nominated “Different for Girls” feat. Elle King and the multi-week Platinum No. 1 song “Somewhere On A Beach.” Bentley has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and will launch his 2017 world tour on January 19 in Dayton, Ohio. 

 

Pop band The Shadowboxers will open for Bentley. Described by The Nashville Scene as "a harmony-driven, funk-footed quintet, which combines elements of modern pop, '70s-style AM radio folk and classic R&B," the group was discovered by Justin Timberlake and subsequently signed to his artist development company, Villa 40.

 

Championship Tailgate will take place from Noon to 6:30 p.m. ET. The interactive area will allow fans to gather and enjoy games, sponsor activities, concessions and ESPN broadcast sets. The event is free for all ticket holders attending the national championship game.

 

Prior to kickoff, GRAMMY Award-winning group Little Big Town will perform the Star-Spangled Banner. The Platinum-selling group recently received its fifth consecutive Vocal Group of the Year Award at the Country Music Association Awards, earning the same honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards along with Vocal Event of the Year. Little Big Town has taken home over 16 major awards over the past five years, including a GRAMMY, multiple CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy. New song, “Better Man,” is the group’s fastest-rising hit to date and the lead single from their seventh studio album, The Breaker, due out in February.

 

The national anthem will feature a flight from Challenger, the American Eagle Foundation’s famous free-flying bald eagle. The Nation's Colors will be presented by a MacDill Air Force Base Honor Guard.

 

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the United States Special Operations Command, the American Flag and the participating team flags will be brought into Raymond James Stadium by members of the Tampa-based US Special Operations Command Para-Commandos.

 

Pregame, halftime and postgame pageantry will be produced by Michael T. Fiur Productions, one of the leading producers of live event and sports spectaculars in the world.

 

On-field, pregame festivities on January 9, will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The game will feature the winner of the Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the winner of the Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

 

Join the conversation on Twitter using the official hashtag #CFBPlayoff. For more information on the College Football Playoff and the national championship game, visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com.

 

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About the College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The 2016 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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Tampa Monster Jam® Tickets On-Sale Now

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Tampa Monster Jam® Tickets On-Sale Now

Tampa Monster Jam® Tickets On-Sale Now

 

Tickets start at $15 for Monster Jam at Raymond James Stadium

 

Tampa, FL (December 8, 2016) – Feld Entertainment’s tickets for Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, are now on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15.

 

Fans will celebrate Monster Jam’s 25th anniversary this year. In Tampa, they will see the shows roar into Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, January 14, 7 p.m., and Saturday, February 4, 7 p.m.

 

The January 14 event will feature 13 trucks and drivers competing to be the Tampa champion including Grave Digger driven by Dennis Anderson, Son-uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson, Monster Energy driven by Coty Saucier, El Toro Loco driven by Becky McDonough, Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo, Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal, Rage driven by Cory Rummel, Barbarian driven by Devin Jones, Wrecking Crew driven by Mike Thompson, OVER Bored driven by Jamey Garner, Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II, Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters (trucks/drivers subject to change). Dennis Anderson, driver of Grave Digger is celebrating his 35th year driving his truck.

 

The February 4 event will feature 11 trucks and drivers vying for the Tampa championship including Grave Digger driven by Charlie Pauken, Dragon driven by Scott Liddycoat, Metal Mulisha driven by Todd LeDuc, Alien Invasion driven by Chad Tingler, VP Racing Fuels Mad Scientist driven by Lee O'Donnell, Storm Damage driven by Tim Mente, Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson, Big Kahuna driven by Shane England, Fatal Attraction driven by Jeff Murphy, Scooby-Doo, NEA, and El Toro Loco (trucks/drivers subject to change).

 

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

 

The Party in the Pits on January 14 and February 4 are 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and give fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. Those tickets are $10 each with a show ticket. They will be available free at participating Southern Ford Dealers beginning January 1, 2017.

 

For more information on Monster Jam, log onto www.MonsterJam.com or follow us via our social channels below:

 

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

 

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FLORIDA AND IOWA TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

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FLORIDA AND IOWA TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

FLORIDA AND IOWA TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

 

Tampa, FL— The Florida Gators and Iowa Hawkeyes will square-off in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in Tampa, bowl officials announced today.  Both teams are 8-4 with the SEC East Division Champion Gators ranked No. 17 in the CFP Ranking and No. 20 in the AP Poll while the Hawkeyes are ranked No. 21 in the AP.  It will be only the fourth time these teams have played in more than 125 seasons of their football history.

 

“We are thrilled to extend an invitation to the University of Florida and the University of Iowa to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Steve Pratico.  “These are two quality teams and a match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching.    We look forward to hosting the Hawkeyes and Gator teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have a memorable experience in the Tampa Bay area.”

 

Few bowls have the combination of location, hospitality and facilities that the Outback Bowl enjoys,” said Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin.  “Tampa is a great city – a great Gator city - and we are looking forward to the week of activities that Jim McVay and the Outback Bowl staff will put on before our team faces the Iowa Hawkees from the Big 10 on January 2nd. 

 

“We are excited and honored to be selected to participate in the 2017 Outback Bowl, said Gary Barta, director of athletics.  “Coach Kirk Ferentz, his entire staff, and our student-athletes closed the season with three impressive victories, and their hard work and commitment to the program has been rewarded.  With the end of season performances, our team certainly earned its way to this exciting bowl event.

 

“Iowa football has a strong history with the Outback Bowl, and the city of Tampa, and we are excited to have Tampa as the destination for the loyal and supportive fans of our program.  Our passionate fan base always plays a part in our bowl selection and destination.  As always, we know we will face a very strong opponent from the Southeastern Conference and we are looking forward to another outstanding Outback Bowl experience.”

 

The Outback Bowl will be played on January 2nd at 1:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium.     Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or 1-800-745-3000 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.

 

For information on Outback Bowl events leading up to the game go to the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.com for details.

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