TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Sports Commission and Tampa Bay & Company, in partnership with Plant City Parks and Recreation, are excited to announce that the 2011 United Youth Football League (YFL) National Championships will be held at the Otis M. Andrew Sports Complex in Plant City from Dec. 2-10. The football championships alone are projected to draw more than 6,800 participants, including 6,000 spectators from outside Hillsborough County.
“All of us at United Youth Football are extremely happy to have the support of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and Tampa Bay & Company, as well as everyone at Plant City Parks and Recreation to host our National Championships at Otis Andrews Sports Complex,” said President of YFL William Brown.
The YFL consists of football teams and cheer squads from throughout the United States, ranging in age from six to 16 years old. The football championship will consist of eight days of competition in Plant City, while the cheer competition will be held over four days at the Lakeland Center. The football championship features two different components – an Invitational Bowl Series and the National Championship.
“Our members will be pleasantly surprised by this year’s event, starting with the size and configuration of the sports complex and how well it accommodates the experience we are trying to give the kids – much improved from what they have seen in the past,” commented Brown. “Additionally, we know that our members will be overwhelmed when they visit Hillsborough County. The surrounding accommodations and entertainment options for our kids is nothing less than top notch, and the hospitality Hillsborough County is showing us, through special programs at local restaurants and merchants, will aid the overall experience.”
“We are thrilled that the United Youth Football League has selected Plant City as the site of their inaugural National Championships,” said Jason Aughey, sales and events manager of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “We are confident that through our collaborative efforts with Plant City Parks and Recreation we will be able to help YFL create a first-class championship event this December.”