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SheBelieves Cup; U.S. Women's Soccer Returns to Tampa Bay and Raymond James Stadium in March 2019

U.S. Soccer to face-off against Brazil on March 5 at Raymond James Stadium as part of a doubleheader featuring the United States, Brazil, England and Japan

 

CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2018) – U.S. Soccer has announced “Countdown to the Cup,” the schedule of matches and venues for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2019 that will lead into next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Countdown to the Cup will run from January to May with the USA playing a total of 10 games – two in Europe followed by eight domestic – before departing for France in pursuit of another World Cup title.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is set to face-off with Brazil on March 5, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium as part of doubleheader (Japan vs. England). This will mark the second time Tampa Bay has hosted the SheBelieves Cup as the USA upended England, 1-0, in 2016.

“This schedule checks a lot of important boxes in our preparation for the World Cup,” said U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis. “We’ll get to experience a variety of teams in regard to their strengths and styles of play and almost all of countries will be in their World Cup preparation as well. We are playing tough games in Europe, which is vitally important, and also get to play quality opponents in front of our home fans at venues all across the USA. It will go fast, but these games will be a major factor in pushing us to be at our peak once we arrive in France next summer.”

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The USA will hit the ground running to open the schedule, taking on Women’s World Cup host France on January 19 at Stade Océane in Le Havre, France, which is one of the nine 2019 Women’s World Cup venues. Three days later, the USA will face Spain for the first time in team history. That match will be played at Estadio José Rico Perez in Alicante, located on the east coast about 100 miles south of Valencia, in what will also be the first match for the U.S. Women in Spain.

Next up will be the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, which features the USA, England, Japan and Brazil playing doubleheaders at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. on Feb. 27, Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. on March 2 and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on March 5.

The team will regroup in early April for two important matches: against Australia on April 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., and against Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

In May, the U.S. team will gather for the three matches of the Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods. The first match will take place on May 12 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. against South Africa, followed by a game on May 16 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. against a team to be determined. The players will then take their final break before the World Cup and regroup for the last match before departing for France, taking on Mexico on May 26 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The schedule currently features seven teams that will participate in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and Countdown to the Cup will take the WNT to all four continental U.S. time zones, giving fans across the country a chance to cheer the team on to France!

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2019 U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule – COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP

Jan. 19

France

2:30 p.m. ET

Stade Océane; La Havre, France

Jan. 22

Spain

TBA

Estadio José Rico Perez; Alicante, Spain

Feb. 27

Japan – SheBelieves Cup

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

March 2

England – SheBelieves Cup

3:30 p.m. CT

Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

March 5

Brazil – SheBelieves Cup

8 p.m. ET

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

April 4

Australia

7:30 p.m. MT

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.

April 7

Belgium

6 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

May 12

South Africa – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

1:30 p.m. PT

Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.

May 16

TBA – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

7 p.m. CT

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 26

Mexico – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

12 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

WATCH THE WWC FINAL DRAW ON DEC. 8

The USA will learn its group opponents and schedule for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Dec. 8 when the Final Draw is held in Paris. The show starts at 12 p.m. ET on FS2, Telemundo, Universo and the FOX Sports App. FOX Sports will offer extensive draw coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. Five Things to Know on the Draw.

COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP TICKETS
Tickets for all domestic matches will go on sale to the public Thursday, Dec. 13 through ussoccer.com at 10 a.m. local time for that venue. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

As of Monday, Dec. 10, U.S. Soccer members will have presale access to tickets. Click here to join U.S. Soccer Membership.

For all eight domestic matches, Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

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Tampa Bay awarded XFL franchise

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Tampa Bay awarded XFL franchise

XFL ANNOUNCES EIGHT INAUGURAL HOME CITIES 

NEW YORK, December 5, 2018 – The XFL today announced the eight cities and venues its teams will call home when the league launches the weekend of February 8-9, 2020. 

            • Dallas – Globe Life Park

            • Houston – TDECU Stadium

            • Los Angeles – StubHub Center

            • New York – MetLife Stadium

            • St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center

            • Seattle – CenturyLink Field

            • Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium

            • Washington, DC – Audi Field 

 

The announcement was made today by XFL Commissioner & CEO Oliver Luck at a press conference held at MetLife Stadium, which included representatives from all eight markets. 

 “After months of research and consideration, we’re thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL’s eight inaugural teams,” said Luck. “We are committed to being ingrained in the local community and extremely fortunate that our teams will have world-class facilities to call home.” 

 Beginning today, fans can go to XFL.com to reserve their season tickets, which will provide them with early access to select their seats and purchase season tickets before the general public. 

 The new XFL will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.

 About The XFL

 The new XFL will reimagine football for the 21stcentury when the league kicks off theweekend of February 8-9, 2020.

 Football is America’s favorite sport boasting over 85 million fans but the traditional season is just too short. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman announced on January 25, 2018, the launch of a new league, which he is personally funding. McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse. 

 Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.  The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes. 

 The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before.  We will build strong grassroots relationships with local organizations in our Host Cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.

 For more information, please log on to XFL.comand follow us on TwitterFacebookand Instagram.


Media Contact:

Stephanie Rudnick – XFL                                            

Stephanie.rudnick@xfl.com    

 

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IOWA AND MISSISSIPPI STATE TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

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IOWA AND MISSISSIPPI STATE TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

IOWA AND MISSISSIPPI STATE TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

 

Tampa, FL— The Iowa Hawkeyes and No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs will square-off for the first time in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in Tampa, bowl officials announced today.  Both teams are 8-4.  It will be the first time these teams have played in 119+ seasons of their football history.  It will also be the first appearance by Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.

 

“We are thrilled to extend an invitation to Iowa and Mississippi State to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Todd Timmerman.  “These are two quality teams that should produce a terrific match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching on New Year’s Day.    We look forward to hosting the Hawkeye and Bulldog teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have an amazing experience in the Tampa Bay area.”

 

“I am thrilled for our team and our tremendous group of seniors who have earned the opportunity to go out with a New Year’s Day bowl in the state of Florida,” MSU head coach Joe Moorhead said. “The Outback Bowl is the perfect destination for our team. I have always had tremendous respect for Coach Ferentz and his Iowa teams.”

“We are excited to accept a bid to our first Outback Bowl to cap off Joe Moorhead’s successful first season as our head football coach,” MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said. “I want to congratulate our team and our coaching staff for earning our program’s ninth straight bowl appearance. This team featured college football’s best defense and demonstrated overall improvement throughout the year, as shown by winning four of its last five games, including a dominant win in a rivalry game to finish the regular season. Tampa is a great city, with an endless number of entertainment opportunities for our fans, and we always look forward to playing in an NFL stadium. I encourage our Bulldog family to pack Raymond James Stadium and send our senior class out the right way.”

“Our football team, coaches, and staff are excited to be invited to the 2019 Outback Bowl,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. “We know we will enjoy outstanding hospitality, and we know we will face a quality opponent from the SEC. This is a great reward for how hard our players have worked and the success they have enjoyed this season.”

“I always feel at this time of the year an excitement for our student-athletes, their families and our coaches to continue the season,” stated Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair Gary Barta.  “We have had several great trips to the Outback Bowl.  Jim McVay, his staff and volunteers, put on a great experience in sunny Tampa.  Once again, Hawkeye fan support has been fantastic this season, and I cannot wait to see the black and gold in Raymond James Stadium on New Year’s Day.”

 

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.com for details.

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Outback Bowl Tickets On Sale at Ticketmaster

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Outback Bowl Tickets On Sale at Ticketmaster

August 28, 2018

Media Contact: Mike Schulze

(813) 874-2695

 

Tampa, FL - Tickets to the January 2019 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 33rd 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 24th 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 $143 million to universities over its history and generated an estimated $1 billion economic impact on the Tampa Bay area over this time. It has also contributed $500,000 to local charities in just the past two years.

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USA-Colombia men’s soccer on Oct. 11th at Raymond James Stadium

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USA-Colombia men’s soccer on Oct. 11th at Raymond James Stadium

U.S. MEN’S SOCCER KICKOFF SERIES CONTINUES WITH USA-COLOMBIA ON OCT. 11 AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM IN TAMPA

Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, Aug. 9; Five FIFA Top-20 Opponents Now on Calendar for Aspiring Young MNT

CHICAGO (Aug. 2, 2018) – The next stop of the fall Kickoff Series will take place in Tampa on Oct. 11 when the U.S. Men’s National Team hosts 16th-ranked Colombia at Raymond James Stadium. FS1, UniMas and UDN will broadcast the match live beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Colombia will be the fifth team in the Top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings to face the MNT in the Kickoff Series, joining Brazil, England, Italy and Mexico. The six-match set will provide the aspiring young U.S. side with top- level competition at the start of their four-year journey toward the 2022 World Cup. The remaining opponent for October will be finalized in the near future. [KICKOFF SERIES TICKETS]

The match falls on an international fixture date, which makes all players available for selection.

“As we continue to build into the next cycle, this will be another important experience for the development of this group,” U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan said. “When you talk about exciting, technical and experienced opponents, Colombia ticks all the boxes. With players at some of the top clubs around the world, they are fast, physical and skillful. Tampa has been a great host to our national teams, and I know they will come out and show their support in October.”

Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. [Note: Tickets are not sold at Raymond James Stadium except on the day of the event.]Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

COLOMBIA A FAMILIAR SOUTH AMERICAN FOE

The U.S. has faced Colombia 18 times since 1961, more than any team from South America. The MNT hasn’t had great success against the perennial power, holding a lifetime record of 3-12-4. It’s been more than a decade since the last U.S. win, a 3-0 shutout on March 9, 2005 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif.

The two have played each other in significant tournament games, including a FIFA World Cup and multiple editions of Copa America. In the 1994 World Cup held in the United States, now-MNT General Manager Earnie Stewart scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against of the tournament favorites in its second group stage match.

TAMPA TIME

The MNT returns to Tampa following the 3-2 win against Martinique in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Overall, the USA holds a lifetime record of 4-1-1 at Raymond James Stadium. Nine different U.S. players have put their name on the scoresheet in those matches, including two individual multi-goal games (Landon Donovan, Jordan Morris) and three scored by defenders (Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Omar Gonzalez).

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Raymond James Stadium is proud to now be a Smoke and Tobacco-Free Venue

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Raymond James Stadium is proud to now be a Smoke and Tobacco-Free Venue

RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM TO BECOME FULLY SMOKE AND TOBACCO-FREE VENUE

(Tampa, August 1, 2018) The Tampa Sports Authority, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and University of South Florida, announced today that Raymond James Stadium will become a fully smoke and tobacco-free venue beginning in August. The announcement follows yesterday’s vote by the TSA Board of Directors to remove all designated smoking areas which had previously been located inside the stadium. 

The new policy takes effect immediately and will be in place for all stadium events, including Buccaneers and Bulls football games, the Outback Bowl, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Monster Jam events and concerts. The first event to be impacted by the prohibition on smoking and tobacco products will be Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour concert on August 14.

“Our commitment has always been to provide the most enjoyable fan experience and we feel that making Raymond James Stadium a smoke and tobacco-free venue is a necessary part of that commitment,” said Tampa Sports Authority President/CEO Eric Hart. “The need for this healthier environment was evident from fan feedback, national trends and feedback from our tenants such as the Buccaneers and USF.”

In accordance with the new policy all areas located within the entrance gates to Raymond James Stadium will be designated as smoke and tobacco-free. Patrons wishing to smoke or use tobacco products may still do so prior to entering the stadium, but will not be allowed to exit and re-enter. The policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes or vapor pipes.

Raymond James Stadium now joins the growing majority of professional and college venues that either severely limit or no longer allow smoking in any capacity in order to ensure a healthy atmosphere that maximizes air quality and eliminates second-hand smoke. 

“We welcome this decision to move Raymond James Stadium in line with the growing number of NFL teams that play in smoke and tobacco-free stadiums,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Our top priority is always focused on providing an unmatched game day experience and we have received consistent feedback that our fans would prefer a smoke and tobacco-free environment. We believe this necessary step will be yet another enhancement for everyone that attends events at Raymond James Stadium.”

“Creating the most enjoyable and safe atmosphere for all of our fans to enjoy USF Athletics contests is always a top priority,” said Vice President of USF Athletics Michael Kelly. “I believe our fans will embrace the decision for Raymond James Stadium to move to a smoke and tobacco-free environment. This is a good step in continuing to enhance our already excellent game day experience.”

Media Inquiries:

Bobby Silvest

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Tampa Sports Authority

813-350-6504 I bsilvest@tampasportsauthority.com

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Hillsborough County’s New Tournament Sports Complex (“SportsPlex”) Books First Event

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Hillsborough County’s New Tournament Sports Complex (“SportsPlex”) Books First Event

United States Flag & Touch Football League (USFTL) National Championships commits to help open inaugural year

(Tampa, June 19, 2018) The Tampa Sports Authority (TSA), in partnership with Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC), are proud to announce that the USFTL has selected the new Championship SportsPlex of Tampa Bay to host their National Championships January 18-20, 2019. The new SportsPlex, funded by Hillsborough County and managed by the Tampa Sports Authority, is a multi-sport championship facility designed to bring elite tournaments to the area. The facility, located in southeast Hillsborough County, is centrally located to the airport, interstates and Downtown Tampa. The SportsPlex can accommodate a wide range of events, including soccer, football and lacrosse. (tampasportsplex.com)

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the USFTL National Championships as one of the first-ever events at our Championship SportsPlex of Tampa Bay”, said Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, “Events like this, which help drive significant sports tourism to Hillsborough County, are exactly what we envisioned when we worked to create this incredible facility.”

“The opening of the SportsPlex will be a catalyst for even more tourism in our area, as this addition fills a void in our world class sports community,”said Eric Hart, President/CEO of the Tampa Sport Authority, “TSA is proud to manage this venue and welcomes the USFTL as the first confirmed event at the SportsPlex.”

“We appreciate the USFTL giving us the opportunity to host their Flag Nationals. This represents a big early win for the Championship SportsPlex of Tampa Bay and we’re looking forward to creating a great experience for all of USFTL’s participants and fans,” said Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.

The USFTL National Championships, one of the largest adult/youth flag football events in the country, features four levels of championship competition and eight different styles of play. Last year’s National Championships attracted 456 teams and consisted of roughly 9,000 players and 4,000 additional family members and friends in attendance, traveling from across the United States. Each team competing will play a minimum of three games over three days in a round-robin format with National Champions declared in all divisions of play. To learn more about the United States Flag and Touch League, please visit their website at http://www.usftl.com/.

“The USFTL is proud to call the Championship SportsPlex of Tampa Bay its new home for NATIONALS! Several possibilities were explored and we’ve chosen the absolute best for our players. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission has welcomed us with open arms and we’re excited to partner with them to host our historical event. In the 40 years of USFTL’s history, this will be the best Nationals to date,” said Jaya Mia Johnson, National Assistant Executive Director of the USFTL.

The Tampa Sports Authority was created in 1965 for the purpose of planning, developing and maintaining a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities for the Tampa Bay area.

TSA is the manager of Raymond James Stadium and three city golf courses, as well as the landlord for George Steinbrenner Field and Amalie Arena.

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is a private, non-profit, 501c3, charitable corporation that serves the entire Tampa Bay region as the lead organization for bidding on and hosting premier sports and entertainment events. Through this, they achieve their mission of creating social and economic impact throughout Tampa Bay.

CONTACTS:

TSA- Bobby Silvest- bsilvest@tampasportsauthority.com- (813)350-6500

TBSC- Michael Farrant - mfarrant@tampabaysports.org – (813) 342-4077

USFTL-Jaya Mia Johnson- jaya@usftl.com- (717) 850-5010

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Tampa Music Festival and Car Show teams up with Fat Joe and Daddy Yankee Foundation to help Puerto Rico 

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Tampa Music Festival and Car Show teams up with Fat Joe and Daddy Yankee Foundation to help Puerto Rico 

Contact: 
Ken Collado
So.Bro Productions
(917)703-9298
ingi7inc@gmail.com


Tampa, FL:  As Puerto Rican’s living in Tampa Bay, we felt a calling to raise support and awareness for the ongoing needs of Puerto Rico and its people. With the help of the Daddy Yankee Foundation, Fat Joe, and the Speed Culture car community we have organized an event to do just that. 


Nearly four months ago, Hurricane Maria devastated the Island of Puerto Rico leaving our fellow Americans without food, clean water, homes or utilities. Today, there are still thousands without power and basic necessities.  Some have been fortunate enough to find refuge on the mainland, whether here in Florida or in other states. Some were not able to escape the devastation on the island. No matter the circumstance, the road to recovery is a long and tedious fight. Our goal is to bring our community together in order to aid them in their battle.  


Please join us on February 10, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium (North Lot)  to help raise support for Puerto Rico. The event will feature a car show, live music, and a variety of vendors.  Gates will be open from 2 pm until 10 pm with contests and concerts to run throughout the day. 


Artist scheduled to perform: Fat Joe, Dave East, Royce 5’9”, Tonio Skits, Roberto Blades, Luisito Carrión, Aramis Sol Caribe, DJ Speedy Jr, Joey Franchise, DJ Christion, DJ Nano and more… 

Tickets are available at http://www.tampaforpuertorico.com. Like all events at Raymond James Stadium, the Clear Bag Policy will be in effect. For more information on this policy, please visit RaymondJamesStadium.com.


For media credentials and vendor information contact: 
Ken Collado - ingi7inc@gmail.com 

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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)

        

# # #

 

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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