Tampa Sports Authority celebrates 50 years of providing Sports and Entertainment to Tampa Bay

(Tampa, FL- May 29, 2015)-  The Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) starts a celebration of 50 years of operation, beginning today and continuing for the remainder of 2015. The celebration will feature heavy social media activity with a weekly feature (Throwback Thursdays-featuring TSA history clips) and a dedicated twitter hashtag #TSAturns50. There will also be select events, TV and print features along with TSA employee recognition programs commemorating the 50th anniversary through out the year.   

“ The Tampa Sports Authority continues to grow its economic impact to the Tampa Bay area every year,” said Tampa Sports Authority Board Chairman, Don DeFosset,” with its record for the last 50 years,  Tampa should be very optimistic on what the next 50 will hold!"  

Over the 50 years, the TSA has managed and/or overseen construction of 2 NFL Stadiums, 2 MLB Spring Training facilities, 1 NHL Arena  and 3 Public Golf Courses. 

The Authority has hosted over 2,000 events at the 2 NFL stadiums including 4 Super Bowls, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, USF Football, Outback Bowls, Monster Jams, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tampa Bay Bandits, concerts and more.  While football has been very prominent at the stadium, there has also been a wide array of entertainment acts over the years. From the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eagles and Grateful Dead in Tampa Stadium, to Kenny Chesney, U-2, George Strait, One Direction and the upcoming Taylor Swift show at Raymond James Stadium. 

“ The TSA has thrived due to having great partners in the City of Tampa  and Hillsborough County,” said Eric Hart, President/CEO of the Tampa Sports Authority,” having great support has allowed us to bring events like 4 previous Super Bowls and the upcoming 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship to our facilities..”

Tampa Sports Authority is the manager of Raymond James Stadium and three city golf courses as well as the landlord for George M. Steinbrenner Field and the Amalie Arena. The Authority was created May 28, 1965 by Governor Hayden Burns for the purpose of planning, developing and maintaining a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities for the Tampa Bay area.  TSA's goals and mission statement are essentially the same 50 years after its creation, and the scope of the Tampa Sports Authority’s involvement in various projects is constantly expanding.



    •    Planning, developing and operating a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities

    •      Issuing revenue bonds and refunding bonds to carry out the purpose of this act and for the rights and remedies of bondholders

    •    Providing sources of revenues including appropriations from the City of Tampa and the Board of County commissioners of Hillsborough County to the Authority

    •    Providing for competitive bidding of certain contracts


Contact: Bobby Silvest/ VP of Marketing & Communications/ TSA

               (813)350-6504/ bsilvest@tampasportsauthority.com


Historical photos, information and interviews available upon request.


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                            50th Anniversary commemorative poster