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


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.



CONCACAF Unveils Tampa Bay Gold Cup Matches


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 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 to purchase your tickets today.


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

* 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


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



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



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


Sunday, July 23– Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA


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



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









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


Exclusive Presale Offering
Fans interested in being part of an exclusive presale offering for the Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium should visit 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.


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 Also, follow the TBSC on Twitter, @SportsTampaBay, as well as Instagram and Facebook.


Media Contacts:

Michael Farrant

Multimedia Specialist – Sports Commission


Bobby Silvest 

Vice President of Marketing & Communications - Tampa Sports Authority





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


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



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



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.


Tampa Monster Jam® Tickets On-Sale Now


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.


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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









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  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 for details.







Anticipated Severe Weather Forces Change

This week’s preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium has been moved to Wednesday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The change from the originally scheduled date of Thursday, September 1, is in an effort to avoid anticipated severe weather from Tropical Depression Nine which is expected to impact the Tampa Bay area.

“We have been in regular communication with administrators from the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the National Weather Service over the past day as it has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff.”

The game will be broadcast on WFLA News Channel 8 beginning with the scheduled 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff.


Enhanced Security Measures for All Raymond James Stadium Events


Enhanced Security Measures for All Raymond James Stadium Events

Enhanced Security Measures for All Raymond James Stadium Events

Clear bag and metal detection screening policy will be in effect for all events

(Tampa, August 22, 2016) Effective immediately, all events at Raymond James Stadium will be subject to enhanced security measures. These enhanced measures are the same ones that have been in place since 2013 for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneer home games.  A clear bag and metal detection screening policy will now be in effect for all events held at Raymond James Stadium, including USF Football games, Outback Bowl and the Monster Jam Series.

“The Tampa Sports Authority continues to provide a safe and secure environment for our fans at Raymond James Stadium,” said Eric Hart, President/CEO of the Tampa Sports Authority, operators of Raymond James Stadium. “The enhanced security measures are being implemented in cooperation with all our partners and will continue to put public safety as our top priority.”

Under the enhanced policy, fans are allowed to carry in no more than one approved clear bag (not to exceed 12”x6”x12”) and up to one small clutch-style bag (not to exceed 4.5”x6.5”).  The policy only restricts the type and size of containers used to carry items, but the list of approved items has not changed.  Fans may still carry usual items such as keys, wallets, makeup, phones, etc., in pockets or jackets in addition to the approved containers that are detailed below.  Patrons with medically necessary items will be screened at specifically designated gate locations.

Fans entering the stadium may carry the following permissible style and size bag:

    •    Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”

    •    One-gallon (or smaller) clear plastic bag.

    •    Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (no larger than 4.5”x6.5”), with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.

    •    An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at specific gates designated for this purpose. Fans should contact the Tampa Sports Authority office 48 hours in advance by calling 813-350-6500 or go to to make special medical needs arrangements.

Additionally, everyone entering the stadium will be subject to a magnetic wand search for prohibited items. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: 

  • purses larger than a clutch bag
  • binocular cases, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs or cinch bags
  • luggage of any kind 
  • seat cushions 
  • computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size

Fans are encouraged to visit for all the details regarding prohibited items and security policies.


Vincent Marchetti to chair Tampa Sports Authority Board


Vincent Marchetti to chair Tampa Sports Authority Board

Vincent Marchetti to chair Tampa Sports Authority Board

(Tampa, Fl./ August 11, 2016) The Tampa Sports Authority Board of Directors has elected Vincent “Vin” Marchetti to the post of Chairman. Mr.
Marchetti was appointed by Hillsborough County and has served on the Authority board since 2001. Vin is a Shareholder at the law firm of Sterns Weaver Miller. With over 25 years of public and private sector experience in the Tampa Bay region and throughout Florida, he focuses his practice on land use, zoning, permitting, governmental affairs, and land use litigation. His term as chairman expires in July 2017.

“I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority board as we move into an exciting time with the major renovations to Raymond James Stadium and playing host to the upcoming College Football Playoff National Championship” said Mr. Marchetti, “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 John Jaeb as Vice Chairman and Tony Muniz 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 the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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