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PRESS RELEASE: Tampa Bay Nets Second Frozen Four

For Immediate ReleaseTampa Bay Sports Commission Media Contact: Michael Farrant | MFarrant@VisitTampaBay.com<mailto:MFarrant@VisitTampaBay.com> | 813.342.4077www.TampaBaySports.org<http://www.TampaBaySports.org> |@SportsTampaBay

Media Alert: Tampa Bay Nets Second Frozen Four

TAMPA, FL - On Wednesday, the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee announced that Tampa Bay has been awarded the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. It marks the second time in the event's history that the Championship will be hosted in Tampa Bay (previously hosted in 2012). The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is partnering with the University of Wisconsin, who serves as the official host institution for the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. The Tampa Bay Times Forum will serve as the host venue for the semifinals and national championship game, which will be played on April 7 and 9, 2016.

"For Tampa Bay to be awarded a second NCAA Men's Frozen Four, after the event had previously never been to the south in its history, speaks volumes to our community's sincere affinity and reputation for creating a student-athlete experience that is second to none," said Rob Higgins, Tampa Bay Sports Commission's Executive Director. "We could not be more grateful to the NCAA staff, the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and college hockey fans for fulfilling our dream of becoming a frequent home to this great event."

When discussing its partnership with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics, Barry Alvarez said, "We're thrilled to be serving as host of the Frozen Four. Our partners with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission do quality work and I know their staff and ours will put on a great show."

Tampa Bay set a first-time host attendance record with a crowd of 18,818 at the championship game. A total of 56,028 spectators enjoyed hockey over the three-game span, a number that also ranks sixth all time in the event's 65 year history. Today's announcement marks the quickest return to a host city since St. Paul, Minnesota in 1991 and 1994. It's also the first time a Women's Final Four (2015) and a Frozen Four (2016) will be hosted by the same city in consecutive years since 1996-97 (Cincinnati).

'We are pleased to welcome the NCAA and its student-athletes back to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the 2016 Frozen Four," said Bill Wickett, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "Our goal in 2012 was to impact the student-athletes in a way they hadn't experienced in the championship before and we look forward to working with the Sports Commission and the University of Wisconsin in 2016 to create a new set of lasting memories for players and fans alike."

Other notable quotes:

"The 2012 Frozen Four was a historic event for this area and we're beyond thrilled to host it once again. Our sincerest thanks to the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee for entrusting us with one of the premier championships in all of college athletics." -          Ken Hagan, Hillsborough County Commissioner

"One of our goals each season is to reach the Frozen Four, so it would be a unique experience for us to co-host at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and hopefully play in such a sunny locale. The last time we hosted the Frozen Four, we won it all in Milwaukee, so we look forward to having that chance once again." -          Mike Eaves, Head Coach, University of Wisconsin

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PRESS RELEASE: LSU, IOWA TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      December 8, 2013

LSU, IOWA TO SQUARE-OFF IN OUTBACK BOWL

 

Tampa, FL— The LSU Tigers and Iowa Hawkeyes will square-off in the Outback Bowl on January 1st in Tampa, bowl officials announced today.  The Tigers are 9-3 and ranked No. 14 in the AP and USA Today Polls while the Hawkeyes are 8-4.  It will be only the second time these teams have played in 120 seasons of their football history, and the first time in the past twenty-five years LSU has played in the Outback Bowl.

“We are thrilled to extend an invitation to LSU and the University of Iowa to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Ken Hoverman.  “We feel these two teams will continue our reputation of putting on an exciting show on New Year’s Day.    We look forward to hosting the Tigers and Hawkeyes teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have a fabulous experience in the Tampa Bay area.”

“We are looking forward to playing in the Outback Bowl, one of the premier bowl games in college football each year,” said LSU Head Coach Les Miles.  “The Outback Bowl has a rich history and it’s played in a great city in a tremendous venue and I know that our players and fans will be excited about the opportunity to play on New Year’s Day against a very successful Big Ten program like Iowa. I have great respect for Kirk Ferentz and the program that he’s built at Iowa. They have enjoyed a lot of success in the Big Ten for over an extended period of time and we are excited about the chance to play them.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring the LSU football program and our tremendous fan base to Tampa for the Outback Bowl,” adds LSU Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva.  “By winning nine games and being ranked No. 14 in the nation, Coach Miles and his team deserve the chance to be able to play in this prestigious New Year’s Day bowl. We are looking forward to bringing the great LSU fans to Tampa for a week to enjoy the Outback Bowl experience.”

“Our entire football program is excited for this opportunity to compete against LSU in the 2014 Outback Bowl,” noted Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.  “This is one of the great bowl events of the postseason, we are extremely pleased to travel to Tampa to represent the University of Iowa and the Big Ten Conference.”

“We are honored and proud to accept the invitation to participate in the 2014 Outback Bowl against LSU,” added Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta.  “Kirk, his staff, and his team have worked extremely hard since the end of last season, and have been playing great football all year…especially down the stretch.  Our team looks forward to returning to the Tampa area, and I know Hawkeye fans are excited to follow our team and get back to the Outback Bowl.”

This will be only the second time LSU has played in this bowl, their last appearance being in the 1989 game when it was called the Hall of Fame Bowl.  Iowa last played in the Outback Bowl in 2008 and will be enjoying their fourth appearance in Tampa.

The Outback Bowl will be played on January 1st at 1:00 PM 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 limited priority seating through an Outback 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.

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ONE DIRECTION ANNOUNCE THE NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF THE WORLDWIDE WHERE WE ARE 2014 STADIUM TOUR 
PRESENTED BY NABISCO

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NEW ALBUM MIDNIGHT MEMORIES HITS #1 IN 97 COUNTRIES

TICKETS ON SALE DECEMBER 7 AT LIVENATION.COM 

NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 26, 2013) – Global superstars One Direction announced today the highly anticipated dates for the North America leg of their worldwide WHERE WE ARE 2014 stadium tour with a special performance live from Central Park on ABC’s Good Morning America.  It’s been a phenomenal week for One Direction as they took home two awards at the 2013 American Music Awards including Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Group and released their third studio album MIDNIGHT MEMORIES which immediately shot to #1 in 97 countries around the world.  The 21-city tour, promoted by Live Nation and presented by Nabisco, the makers of OREO, RITZ and HONEY MAID, kicks off on August 1,2014 in Toronto, ON at Rogers Centre and includes stops in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and Miami, amongst others. Additional dates to be announced.  Tickets go on sale on December 7 at www.livenation.com.

"We simply can't wait to be back in North America touring and to see our fans," says Niall Horan.  "It's going to be absolutely huge!"

Citi® is the official credit card of the WHERE WE ARE 2014 North American tour.  Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, November 26 through Citi's Private Pass® Program.  For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.  Fans will have additional opportunities to purchase tickets early starting December 3 by signing up for a Facebook RSVP at (http://bit.ly/1DRSVP).  Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 7.  Additional details, including information on other pre-sales opportunities for fans, are available at www.livenation.com and through local venue websites.

 

Fans can catch a sneak peek of the boys as they gear up to perform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on December 7, their second appearance on the show.  You can also catch the boys performing at the iHeartRadio MIDNIGHT MEMORIES album release party airing on the CW on December 9, with a special encore airing on Christmas Day at 9 PM ET.

One Direction – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe.  It has been an incredible year for the boys, as they took home a BRIT Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six TEEN CHOICE Awards, three MTV EMAs, two 2013 American Music Awards and a moonman for Best Song Of The Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.  With two albums to date, UP ALL NIGHT and TAKE ME HOME, the boys have sold more than 35 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 67 #1's (including albums).  One Direction made their movie debut in 2013 with their global No. 1 box office hit 3D concert movie, “One Direction: This Is Us.”  Their new album, MIDNIGHT MEMORIES, which includes the worldwide smash hit, “Best Song Ever” and the current hit single, “Story Of My Life,”  is available now: http://smarturl.it/MidnightMemoriesiT.

WHERE WE ARE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

All dates and venues below subject to change.

Additional dates to be announced.

 

 

August 1 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
August 4 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
August 7 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
August 11 Washington, DC Nationals Park
August 13 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
August 16 Detroit, MI Ford Field
August 19 Nashville, TN LP Field
August 22 Houston, TX Reliant Stadium
August 24 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
August 27 St Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome
August 29 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
September 12 Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl
September 16 Phoenix , AZ University of Phoenix Stadium
September 19 El Paso, TX Sun Bowl Stadium
September 21 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
September 23 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
September 25 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome
September 27 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
October 01 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome
October 03 Tampa FL Raymond James Stadium
October 05 Miami, FL Sun Life Stadium

 

 

MIDNIGHT MEMORIES AVAILABLE NOW: http://smarturl.it/MidnightMemoriesiT

 

For more info visit

http://www.onedirectionmusic.com

http://www.columbiarecords.com

http://www.livenation.com

 

ONE DIRECTION CONTACTS:

 

Mike Navarra / Columbia Records

Mike.Navarra@sonymusic.com / 212 833 7545

 

Benny Tarantini / Columbia Records

Benny.Tarantini@sonymusic.com / 212 833 5858

 

LIVE NATION CONTACT:

Victor Trevino / victortrevino@livenation.com

 

 

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

 

About COLUMBIA RECORDS

One of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, Columbia Records is home to established superstars and exciting new talent.  Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.  Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history.  Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

 

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars.  The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history.  It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

 

About SYCO ENTERTAINMENT

Syco Entertainment is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music and is one of the world¹s leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the world¹s most successful global TV and music franchises. Syco Entertainment is also the world¹s most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music being the record label home for such diverse international recording artists as Labrinth, One Direction, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, IL Divo, Jonathan and Charlotte, Tate Stevens, Emblem3, Fifth Harmony, James Arthur, Ella Henderson and the Loveable Rogues. Syco¹s television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. The X Factor was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and Fremantle Media. Local versions of The X Factor are produced in more than 42 territories and the US version of The X Factor airs in over 191 countries. In 2012 Got Talent became the world¹s biggest selling TV format and is now commissioned in 56 countries as a local format.  In 2013 Syco continues to capitalize on the ongoing success of its established global hit TV formats and a number of new projects including two feature films - One Direction¹s 3D movie This Is Us with Sony Pictures and One Chance¹, a film based on the success story of Britain¹s Got Talent¹s first winner, Paul Potts, in association with the Weinstein Company.

 

About Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with 2012 revenue of $35 billion.  Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milk chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gum.  Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Visit www.mondelezinternational.com and www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational.

PRESS RELEASE: Tampa Sports Authority Golf Courses celebrate GOLFTOBER to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center / Fish FRYdays also part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Bobby Silvest

813-350-6504

(Tampa, FL- Sept. 20, 2013) Celebrate Golftober during “Breast Cancer Awareness” month at Rocky Point, Rogers Park or Babe Zaharias Golf Courses and you could be helping find a cure for breast cancer. Join in the celebration by sponsoring a hole in memory of a loved one or in honor of a cancer survivor. The hole sign will be up the entire month of October and 100% of those proceeds go directly back to Moffitt Cancer Center. A single sponsorship is $ 100, or a hole sponsorship at all 3 courses for only $250. To find out how to sponsor a hole go to www.tampasportsauthority.com,

In addition,every time you play a qualified round at any one of these golf courses during the month of October, 20% of your round will be donated directly back to Moffitt Cancer Center. Go to http://moffitt.org/home/events/golftober-for-a-cure for more details on how  to make your round count!

“ We are very proud to partner with Moffitt Cancer Center to raise money for such a worthy cause, “ said Kennie Sims, Vice President of Golf Operations for the Tampa Sports Authority, “we look forward to providing a enjoyable round of golf while raising funds and awareness for breast cancer.”

Tampa Sports Authority is also proud to announce that every Friday during the month of October, Tampa Bay Fisheries, Inc. is supporting Golftober by offering  “Fish  FRYdays” at each TSA golf course.  Every golfer will receive a complimentary entree of fish on the day of their round.

The Tampa Sports Authority manages Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USF Bulls, as well as the 3 Tampa public golf courses. The Authority also serves as landlord to George Steinbrenner Field, spring home of the New York Yankees, and the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay Fisheries is a 20+ year company located in Dover, Fl outside of Tampa. With two production facilities, paired with USA and oversea production capabilities, TBF ships over 1.5 million pounds of product per week, making the company one of the largest private label breaded seafood manufacturers in the United States. For more information, go to www.tbfish.com.

Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Since 1999, Moffitt has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org,

 

For more information on GOLFTOBER, please go to www.tampasportsauthority.com

PRESS RELEASE: OUTBACK BOWL TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY AT TICKETMASTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              

August 22, 2013

Tampa, FL - Tickets to the 2014 Outback Bowl, the area’s annual major college football post-season bowl game, go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster this Saturday, August 24th at 10:00AM ET.  The bowl plays host to teams from the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference on Wednesday, January 1st in Raymond James Stadium.  Kick-off time is 1:00 P.M. ET. 

Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early.    Tickets to the game are $80 each (plus Ticketmaster service charge).  Phone orders can be placed with a credit card by calling 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 priority 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 past four games have been decided in overtime or in the final minute.  Last year’s game featured South Carolina vs Michigan and included four lead changes in the fourth quarter with the Gamecocks winning on a touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining.  The game was ranked by some media as the best bowl game of the season and also featured the now famous “Hit” by Jadeveon Clowney which received an ESPY Award as the “Best Sports Play of the Year.”

The Outback Bowl will host its 28th game this season.  The Bowl attracts an average of 40,000 out of market visitors from more than 40 states each year and has contributed more than $100 million to universities over its history.  It has also generated an estimated $1 billion economic impact on the Tampa Bay area over this time in addition to tens of millions of dollars in free exposure for the region each year.

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Mike Schulze

Director of Communications & Sponsorships

Outback Bowl

4211 W. Boyscout Blvd., Ste. 560

Tampa, FL 33607

813-874-2695

mike@outbackbowl.com

 

Football In Paradise

A 27 Year Tradition Of Contributing to Higher Education

 

Don't forget to check out our web site at http://www.outbackbowl.com and follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheOutbackBowl  & Twitter https://twitter.com/outbackbowl

Special Needs Request Form

Special Needs Request Form

This form must be filled out and submitted electronically during regular business hours at least 24 hours prior to the game or event requested. Thank you, Tampa Sports Authority and Raymond James Stadium.

PRESS RELEASE: OUTBACK BOWL EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH SEC THROUGH 2020 GAME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

August 12, 2013

Tampa, FL -- Outback Bowl officials have extended its contract with the Southeastern Conference for six additional years through the January 2020 Bowl game.  The agreement extends an 18-year relationship with the conference to play in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium where they will face a team from the Big Ten Conference.  As part of the new agreements, the Outback Bowl will continue its New Year’s Day tradition where it has been the past 25 years.

“The Outback Bowl has a rich history with strong ties to the SEC and we are pleased to continue this relationship with such an outstanding post-season game,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  “The Tampa Bay area offers a great destination for our schools and their fans and we are excited to continue our relationship.”

“We are extremely happy to announce the extension of our relationship with the Southeastern Conference for six additional years after the upcoming game,” noted Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay.  “We look forward to continuing this exciting match-up of the SEC and Big Ten, two of the most outstanding conferences in college football.  We truly appreciate our partnership with Commissioner Slive and the Athletic Directors and Presidents of the Southeastern Conference universities.”

Officials have previously announced six-year extensions with title sponsor Outback Steakhouse and the Big Ten Conference. 

The Outback Bowl has hosted an SEC vs Big Ten match-up in its game the past 18 years, and 20 years in all, during its 27-year history.  The SEC holds a 12-8 advantage in those games, though they lead just 6-5 the past 11 years.  The past four games were each decided in the final minute or overtime.           

The 2014 Outback Bowl will kickoff at 1 P.M. on January 1st.  Special priority seating Membership packages can be purchased directly through the Outback Bowl office by calling (813) 874-BOWL.  Non-membership tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster in September.  For more information go to www.outbackbowl.com

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Mike Schulze

Director of Communications & Sponsorships

Outback Bowl

4211 W. Boyscout Blvd., Ste. 560

Tampa, FL 33607

813-874-2695

mike@outbackbowl.com

 

Football In Paradise

A 27 Year Tradition Of Contributing to Higher Education

 

Don't forget to check out our web site at http://www.outbackbowl.com and follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheOutbackBowl  & Twitter https://twitter.com/outbackbowl

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PRESS RELEASE: BUCCANEERS, TAMPA SPORTS AUTHORITY AND USF TO IMPLEMENT NEW NFL BAG POLICY FOR PRESEASON GAMES AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

New Policy to be Implemented at All Stadium Events

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Sports Authority and University of South Florida announced today that the National Football League’s new bag policy will be in effect for all Raymond James Stadium events beginning with the Buccaneers’ home preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Aug. 8.  The new bag policy, which has been established in order to provide fans with a safer environment and expedited entry on game day, places limits on the size and type of bags which may be brought into Raymond James Stadium. Additionally, the Tampa Sports Authority will enforce the policy for all events taking place at the stadium going forward. 

“Our team takes the safety of our fans very seriously,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Every year we work diligently with the Tampa Sports Authority to put the best possible security measures in place and the new bag policy, which will now be a part of every event at Raymond James Stadium, is a crucial next step in this process. In an effort to make this a seamless process for our Season Pass Members, we have already begun mailing the NFL approved bags to ensure they arrive prior to next Thursday’s preseason home opener.”  

The bag policy was unanimously recommended in May by the NFL Committee on Stadium Security and will be put into place at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games this season. The Tampa Sports Authority will adopt the policy for all events at the stadium which includes USF Bulls football games as well as the annual Outback Bowl and the Monster Jam Series.

“The Tampa Sports Authority has consistently provided 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. “This new bag policy being implemented in cooperation with the Bucs, USF and all our other partners, will continue to put public safety as our top priority.”

Under the new policy, fans will be 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.

“The safety of all Bulls’ fans is our number one priority, and as a result, we’ve been working closely with the Buccaneers and the Tampa Sports Authority on this new bag policy,” said USF Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard. “It’s important that we continue to analyze security measures that will allow all fans to have the best possible gameday experience. We appreciate your support and understanding of these new guidelines.”

During stadium events, there will be a secondary perimeter around the stadium where security personnel will check for prohibited items or bags in order to correct situations immediately. This will establish a protected buffer area for fans in plaza-level areas and at the queues for stadium entry.

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 Maureen Myers at the Tampa Sports Authority office in advance by calling 813-350-6508 or emailing mmyers@tampasportsuthority.com to make special medical needs arrangements.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, binocular cases, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, 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 www.nfl.com/allclear for all the details regarding the new bag policy as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

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Press Release: Governor, Tampa City Council make appointments to Tampa Sports Authority board

Governor, Tampa City Council make appointments to Tampa Sports Authority board Press Release: Governor, Tampa City Council make appointments to Tampa Sports Authority board

For Immediate Release Contact: Bobby Silvest 813-350-6504

Governor reappoints Don DeFosset for another term; Tampa City Council appoints John Jaeb and Lou Prida to board positions (Tampa, Fl./ July 25, 2013) Governor Rick Scott has appointed Don DeFosset to serve another term on the Tampa Sports Authority Board of Directors. DeFosset leads the DJD Group, an investment firm, and is former CEO of Walter Industries. His term on the authority's board expires in 2017. The Tampa City Council has made two new appointments to the Authority board- John Jaeb and Lou Prida. Jaeb is President of Quest Capital Corporation, a private investment firm that manages investments in both businesses and real estate. Prida is President of Prida Guida & Company, P.A., a Tampa accounting firm. Their terms expire in 2017. 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. For more information, go to www.tampasportsauthority.com.


 

 

Presenting the Sunset Music Festival 2013 Lineup

Earlier this year, Sunset Events announced the return of Tampa’s premier electronic music event, the Sunset Music Festival. Returning to Raymond James Stadium this Memorial Day Weekend for a second year, join Disco Donnie Presents and Sunset Events on Saturday, May 25, 2013 for another year of dancing and fun as we celebrate Ra-the Egyptian sun god. Grab your tickets and get ready to dance underneath the sun and stars to the sounds of one of the world’s favorite DJ’s David Guetta, cake-master Steve Aoki, and the always innovative Knife Party.

Sunset Music Festival 2013 Lineup!

  • DAVID GUETTA
  • STEVE AOKI – KNIFE PARTY
  • (in alphabetical order)
  • Alvin Risk
  • Carnage
  • Crizzly
  • Danny Avila
  • Dillon Francis
  • Flosstradamus
  • Herobust
  • Krewella
  • Le Castle Vania
  • Morgan Page
  • Nerd Rage
  • Pegboard Nerds
  • Popeska

General Admission and VIP tickets are already on sale, buy yours today and lock in the best price right now!

Tampa City Men’s Amateur Championship to be held at Rogers Park Golf Course on April 20-21

(Tampa, FL- March 26, 2013) The 2013 Tampa City Men’s Amateur Championship, a tradition since 1947, takes place on April 20 & 21 at Rogers Park Golf Course. This event crowns the top amateur in the area, based on a 36-hole stroke play competition. The event is open to amateur men that are at least 18 years old, with a verified handicap of 18.0 or less. The field is limited to the first 100 official entries. The $95 fee includes green fees, carts, awards, tee gift and practice round at cart fee rate. Entries will not become official until handicap is verified by your home course.

“This championship should attract the top amateur male golfers in the area,” said Kennie Sims, Vice President of Golf for the Tampa Sports Authority, who manages Rogers Park Golf Course, “and to ensure the best field possible, we have reduced the entry fee to only $95.”

“I always had the Tampa City Amateur Championship on my schedule during my amateur playing days,” said Gary Koch, the 1975 Champion, “and I would encourage all the current amateurs in the area to do the same.”

Here are some interesting facts about past champions:

  • The inaugural event in 1947 was won by the legendary Harry Root Jr.
  • The 1975 champion, Gary Koch, was a 10-time winner on the PGA & Champions Tours and is currently a golf analyst for NBC Sports.
  • Justin Trombley, the 1991 winner, is the current teaching professional at Palma Ceia Country Club.

The deadline for entries is Sunday, April 14 by 12:00 p.m. For more information contact T.J. Heidel at 813-356-1670 or tjheidel@tampasportsauthority.com.

Tampa City Men's Amateur Championship

*Entry price dropped from $150 to $95!

2013 Tampa City Men’s Amateur Championship

April 20 & 21, 2013

Hosted by Rogers Park Golf Course

Eligibility: Amateur men that are at least 18 years of age with a verified handicap index of 18.0 or less.

Entries will not become official until handicap is verified by your home course.

Format: 36 Hole Stroke Play.

Competitors will be pre-flighted by their verified handicap.

Entry Fee: $95.00 Fee includes green fee, carts, awards, tee gift and practice round at cart fee rate.

Deadline: Sunday, April 14th by 12:00 pm or 100 entries.

For More Information Call: T.J. Heidel @ (813) 356-1670 -tjheidel@tampasportsauthority.com

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USF Announces 2013 Football Schedule

TAMPA – The University of South Florida announced its complete 2013 football schedule on Wednesday. The 12-game slate is highlighted by an eight-game conference schedule and non-conference match-ups with Miami (Fla.) and Michigan State. USF’s two other non-conference games versus McNeese State and FAU will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, while all other kickoff times will be determined by television at a later date. USF will open the year on Saturday, Aug. 31, when it welcomes McNeese State to Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls will continue non-conference action on Saturday, Sept. 7, when they’ll make their first trip to East Lansing, Mich. to face the Michigan State Spartans as a part of a home-and-home series.

The Bulls will continue non-conference play on Saturday, Sept. 14, when they host FAU. After enjoying a bye week (Sept. 21), USF will host in-state foe Miami on Saturday, Sept. 28.

USF will begin conference play on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they host Cincinnati at Ray-Jay, and will then travel to UConn on Saturday, Oct. 12. After another open date (Oct. 19), the Bulls will take on Louisville in Tampa on Saturday, Oct. 26. USF will have a quick turnaround to finish October, heading to Houston for a Thursday-night, ESPN clash with the Cougars on Oct. 31.

The Bulls will have the next two Saturdays off to prepare for the stretch run, starting with two consecutive home games against Memphis (Nov. 16) and SMU (Nov. 23). USF will finish the season with consecutive road games, starting with the return of UCF to the schedule. The Bulls will head to Orlando on Friday, Nov. 29 for a post-Thanksgiving Day game that is scheduled to air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. USF will close out the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 7 with a trip to Rutgers.

Complete 2013 Schedule

Sat., Aug. 31 | McNeese State (7 p.m.)

Sat., Sept. 7 | at Michigan St.

Sat., Sept. 14 | FAU (7 p.m.)

Sat., Sept. 21 | BYE

Sat., Sept. 28 | Miami, Fla.

Sat., Oct. 5 | Cincinnati*

Sat., Oct. 12 | at UConn*

Sat., Oct. 19 | BYE

Sat., Oct. 26 | Louisville*

Thurs., Oct. 31 | at Houston* (ESPN)

Sat., Nov. 9 | BYE

Sat., Nov. 16 | Memphis*

Sat., Nov. 23 | SMU*

Fri., Nov. 29 | at UCF* (ABC/ESPN or ESPN2)

Sat., Dec. 7 | at Rutgers*

* – Conference games

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