December 2018 Edition

Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee Unveils Women's Final Four Newsletter

The Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee (TBLOC) recently unveiled the inaugural Women's Final Four newsletter. This monthly feature will highlight all the significant items surrounding the community as it  prepares to host its third NCAA Women's Final Four. The December edition showcases our first "Faces of the Final Four" and "Volunteer Spotlight" segments, while also highlighting our memorable Beyond the Baseline Tip-Off Celebration and how YOU can get involved. We hope you enjoy this edition.

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SheBelieves Cup; U.S. Women's Soccer Returns to Tampa Bay and Raymond James Stadium in March 2019

U.S. Soccer has announced “Countdown to the Cup,” the schedule of matches and venues for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2019 that will lead into next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Countdown to the Cup will run from January to May with the USA playing a total of 10 games – two in Europe followed by eight domestic – before departing for France in pursuit of another World Cup title.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is set to face-off with Brazil on March 5, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium as part of a doubleheader (Japan vs. England). This will mark the second time Tampa Bay has hosted the SheBelieves Cup as the USA upended England, 1-0, in 2016.

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Iowa and Mississippi State to Square-Off in Outback Bowl

The Iowa Hawkeyes and No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs will square-off for the first time in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in Tampa, bowl officials announced.  Both teams are 8-4.  It will be the first time these teams have played in 119+ seasons of their football history.  It will also be the first appearance by Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.

“We are thrilled to extend an invitation to Iowa and Mississippi State to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Todd Timmerman.  “These are two quality teams that should produce a terrific match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching on New Year’s Day.    We look forward to hosting the Hawkeye and Bulldog teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have an amazing experience in the Tampa Bay area.”


The Outback Bowl will be played on January 1st at 12:00 PM ET 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  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions and Hillsborough County All-Star High School Football Game Returns December 15

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in conjunction with Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are excited to announce a full slate of local youth football programming on Saturday, December 15 at Raymond James Stadium (RJS). The day will kick off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), before giving way to a showcase many of Hillsborough County's top seniors at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star High School Football Game (6:00 p.m.)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions, celebrating its 24th anniversary (established in 1995), is an annual football event featuring four exhibition-style games between the best youth football teams in Hillsborough County. The vision for Game Day of Champions is to reward youth football players, following a successful league campaign, with the opportunity to play a game on the same field as their hometown heroes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star High School Football Game, which is celebrating its 20th annual contest, is set to kickoff at 6:00 p.m. First hosted in 1999, the event aims to recognize outstanding senior football players and cheerleaders throughout the entire county by providing the unique opportunity to participate under the lights of Raymond James Stadium.

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The Event Development Institute is proud to announce a series of family-friendly events set for early 2019. Registration is now open for the Firestone Grand Prix 5K presented by MBA. Happening March 8, 2019, the 5K will incorporate a course that follows the actual Firestone Grand Prix race track throughout downtown St. Peteresburg. Registration is now open, so visit and secure your spot today. 



Another great endurance event is set for the following weekend as the Veterans Alternative Copperhead 5K returns to Innisbrook Resort on March 17. The race course will incorporate a scenic route through the tournament’s iconic Copperhead Course, where PGA pro’s will compete days later, finishing with a post-race party featuring green beer and Marco's Pizza at the Benchmark Snake Pit Club on the 17th green. Visit to learn more and to register. 


April is highlighted by the sevent annua Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon at Adventure Island! Open to youth ages 6-14, the race, scheduled for April 13, offers participants of all athletic skill levels the opportunity to swim, bike and run through the Busch Gardens water park. Come out and enjoy a memorable morning of friendly competition, Busch Gardens entertainment and so much more! For additional details and to register your son or daughter, visit

Video Spotlight: Beyond the Baseline Tip-Off Celebration

On November 18, 2018, the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee tipped-off it's 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four Legacy Programs during the University of South Florida versus Oklahoma showdown. The pre-game event was highlighted by a "Coaches' Corner" segment as well as the official launch of the Beyond the Baseline, Press Pass and Read to the Final Four programs.

USF & Marshall Accept Invitations to Play in 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will feature USF (7-5, 3-5) from the American Athletic Conference and Marshall (8-4, 6-2) from Conference USA, as both teams have accepted invitations to play in this year’s game.

The 11th edition of the bowl game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.  Tickets for the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl start at $25 and are available for purchase online at

Upcoming Youth and Amateur Events

December 14-16
FPHC Holiday Classic
January 1
Outback Bowl (Iowa vs. Mississippi State)
December 15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions Football
January 4-5
Under the Lights National Championships
December 15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star Football
January 18-21
Florida Mrs. Hockey Invite
December 15
Legends Football Showcase
January 18-20
Flag Football National Championships
December 16
Tampa Hot Choclate 15K/5K 
January 19-21
Tampa Bay Ultimate Frisbee 2019 JANUS
December 20
Gasparilla Bowl (USF vs. Marshall)
January 19-27
Florida Hall of Fame Shoot/Silver Dollar Open
December 25-31
Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit 
January 21-23
Coloplast International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament
December 28-30
Five Star National Championship 
January 25-27
2019 ISSA/ISF World Tournament of Champions
December 31 - January 4
Florida Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Show

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Tampa Bay Sports Commission Volunteer Opportunities

The goals of the volunteer program are to provide an enthusiastic and warm welcome to guests visiting the area, provide information to visitors, and contribute to the general atmosphere of excitement surrounding the event. We work hard to ensure that our events are a tremendous success for the student-athletes, community and fans. The premier sporting events rely on the help and support of volunteers, without whom, all of our events could not run. To volunteer for any of our upcoming events, email Tony Diaz at or visit the link below.

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