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.


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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