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USF vs. W. Virginia game at RJS to be featured on ESPN3D

Press release via USF.

TAMPA - The University of South Florida's regular-season finale against BIG EAST foe West Virginia on Thursday, Dec. 1 in Tampa will be broadcast on ESPN 3D, the network announced on Monday. In addition, the Bulls' game at Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 29 will be broadcast on ESPN 3D. USF is one of only a handful of teams that will have multiple games aired in 3D this year.

"I think that is pretty exciting," said USF head coach Skip Holtz. "I'm not totally sure I understand everything that goes into 3D, but to have them come to Tampa and show Raymond James Stadium and our players will be exciting. We talk about television exposure as it relates to our program and this is just another sign of how South Florida is rising on a national level."

This won't be the first time the ESPN 3D crew hits Tampa. In 2008, they visited Raymond James Stadium when the Bulls hosted Kansas to test the development of its 3D broadcasts.

ESPN 3D is the television industry's first 3D network and brings together more than three years of research and development by multiple departments throughout the company. It is available nationwide to more than 65 million households and has carriage agreements with Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

USF Fan Fest August 20

Press release via USF. Release August 5, 2011

Want the chance to meet USF head coach Skip Holtz and the 2011 Bulls?

Want to experience the view of Raymond James Stadium from the field?

Then, the USF Football Fan Fest is for you.

The Fan Fest returns for the 2011 season and will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 20. The event is FREE for all attendees with parking available in Lot 4, so grab your footballs, hats, jerseys and any other memorabilia and join us for a day with the USF Football team.

There will be plenty of opportunities for autographs and pictures with your favorite Bulls. In addition, the field at Raymond James will be filled with interactive experiences, which will offer plenty of fun and excitement. Also, fans will be able to sit in available seats, meet with our sales staff and lock in their 2011 tickets on site. will continue to release information on Fan Fest as we get closer to the event, so continue to check back.

Make your plans now to get up close and personal with the 2011 USF Bulls at Fan Fest.

Then, when you've gotten all your autographs and your camera is full. Join the rest of the Bulls fan base for the fourth annual USF Night at the Rays. With first pitch at 7:10 p.m., Bulls fans will have the opportunity to spend time at Fan Fest, then head over to Tropicana Field to see the Rays take on the Seattle Mariners.

Saturday, Aug. 20 is USF day in Tampa, so don't miss this opportunity to show your support for the Bulls.

19th Annual Carribbean Festival Postponed to August

Event Update: The 19th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Festival that was scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at Raymond James Stadium has been postponed to August 14th.

Below is the press release sent out by the Trinidad and Tobago American Association of Central FL Inc., which is the organization in charge of hosting the event.

June 1, 2011

For Immediate Press Release:

Tampa, FL: It is with great regret that we announce the postponement of the 19th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival on June 4th and 5th 2011 at Raymond James Stadium. The event will now be held on August 14th.

For a variety of reasons, primarily the current economic climate, we were unable to secure the event location, necessary permits, Tampa Police and EMS resources required to host our event at the calibre to which our patrons have become accustomed. Our primary concern is your safety and enjoyment while at the Carnival.

All pre-paid tickets and sponsorships shall be honored.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this postponement may have caused.

We are working together with our location and municipal partners to successfully host the event this year on Sunday August 14th 2011 at Raymond James Stadium.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

For more updates please call 813-974-9578 or visit

Sincerely, George Carrington (President)

Outback Bowl to Play on January 2, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            May 11, 2011


Tampa, FL – Outback Bowl officials confirmed today that their 2012 game will be played on Monday, January 2nd along with the other traditional New Year’s Day bowls.  The Outback Bowl hosts teams from the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference in Raymond James Stadium.

Historically whenever January 1st falls on a Sunday the traditional New Year’s Day bowls are played on January 2nd so as not to conflict with NFL games.  This same situation arose in January 1989, 1995 and 2006.  The Outback Bowl will return to the January 1st date for the 2013 game.

The 2012 Outback Bowl will again kick-off at 1:00 P.M. ET.  Priority membership seats are currently available through the Outback Bowl office at (813) 874-BOWL or on the bowl web site at  All other general tickets will go on sale to the public through Ticketmaster beginning October 1st.




TAMPA, FL – April 4, 2011 – Behind-the-scenes tours of Raymond James Stadium are now offered Tuesdays through Thursdays to the general public at 2:00 p.m. Groups of ten or more can reserve private tours on these days at 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Tours give fans a chance to feel like a player when walking out of the field-level tunnel and with a visit to the home team locker room. The tour also includes a view of the club and luxury suite. A trip aboard the pirate ship ends this exciting adventure, as the tour is the only time fans can enter this area.

Tours are $4 per child, $6 per adult and $4 per senior. Hillsborough County School groups are offered a discount rate of $3 per child, chaperones free (1 per 10 kids) and additional adults $5.

The walk-up tour does not require a reservation, however, due to unforeseen cancellations, please call ahead to ensure the walk-up tour is still available on the day expected to attend.

For more information, check availability of walk-up tours or to book a private tour, please call 813-350-6545 or visit

Barbara Casey Public Information Officer Tampa Sports Authority 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33607 813-350-6504

USA to Play Panama in One of Two Gold Cup Games at Raymond James Stadium


TAMPA, FL – March 9, 2011 – The USA soccer team will play Panama in one of the doubleheader Gold Cup games at Raymond James Stadium on June 11, 2011.

The first matchup between Canada and Guadeloupe begins at 6 p.m. with the USA game following at 8 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. through For group sales, call 727-342-5777 or email

The Gold Cup, which has generated record attendances and television ratings in each of the past three competitions, will be played coast-to-coast at 13 venues again this year, including five new stadia. New Meadowlands Stadium, RFK Stadium and Reliant Stadium will serve as quarterfinal and semifinal venues, respectively, leading up to the grand finale at the Rose Bowl on June 25.

Barbara Casey Public Information Officer Raymond James Stadium 813-350-6504


Tickets Still Available for First Show at Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL---January 20, 2011… The first of two Monster Jam shows at Raymond James Stadium will be this Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. This time is 30 minutes earlier than previous years.

Truck introductions begin at 6:30 p.m. with the first qualifying race beginning at 7:00 p.m. The qualifying round consists of 16 trucks, racing two at a time. Two rounds of racing, semi-finals and the championship race will follow immediately after qualifying.

Parking lot events will begin as early as 2:00 p.m. for the pit party and other family-friendly activities.

Tickets are still available online at or at the stadium box office, Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets will also be available on the day of the show for both shows, January 22nd and February 5th. The stadium box office will remain open through the February 5th show.

For more information, please contact Chris Rossbach at 813-672-1839 or email

Barbara Casey Public Information Officer Tampa Sports Authority 813-350-6504 office 813-673-4312 fax




 Tampa, FL...December 17, 2010...The NFL Super Bowl Field Director has selected Tampa native Wayne Ward to join the field crew in Dallas as they prepare the grass surface for this year’s Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. 

Ward, 40, and a graduate of Leto High School, has worked for the Tampa Sports Authority as a grounds crew assistant on the fields at Tampa Stadium and Raymond James Stadium for 19 years including three Super Bowls, XXV, XXXV and XLIII.  During that time, Tampa’s playing surface has been consistently ranked at the top of the NFL fields according to an NFL Players Association survey of the players.  Ward will spend two weeks in Dallas with the NFL grounds crew beginning January 10th.

“Wayne is a skilled, talented, diligent worker who truly cares about what he is doing and the quality of work he delivers,” said Ed Mangan, Super Bowl Field Director for the NFL.  Mangan noted that Ward’s experience and skills in grooming fields in a tight time frame was particularly important in his selection for the assignment. Ward also worked the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV last year at Dolphins Stadium, adding to the confidence Mangan has in Ward’s work experience. 

Eric Hart, executive director of Tampa Sports Authority, managers of Raymond James Stadium, stated that “Wayne’s dedication to detail and his in-depth knowledge of the care and maintenance of playing surfaces makes him a natural choice for the turf duties in Dallas.”   

Cowboys Stadium will host the Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011.  Mangan has been the Super Bowl Field Director for the NFL for 11 years and has worked on 22 Super Bowls including working with Ward at Tampa’s last two Super Bowls.

For information contact

Barbara Casey at the Tampa Sports Authority at

813-350-6504 or


Pizza Hut Now Sold in RayJay


Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their new multi-year marketing partnership with Pizza Hut, last week. Pizza Hut will be the exclusive pizza sold at Raymond James Stadium. Fans can now enjoy Pizza Hut’s personal pan pizza at any general concession stand for $6.75 during the Bucs and USF Bulls home games. Pizza Hut also plans major Buccaneers-themed promotional initiatives throughout the Tampa Bay area.