November 2018 Edition

Tampa Bay Awarded USA Field Hockey Flagship Event; National Hockey Festival

Following an extensive review process, USA Field Hockey is excited to announce that the 38th National Hockey Festival will be hosted in beautiful Tampa, Fla. from November 28-30, 2019! After a very qualified pool of applicants were evaluated, USA Field Hockey is proud to start a new relationship with the experienced staff of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Visit Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Tournament SportsPlex to deliver this storied program.

"Moving to a new location in 2019 will give our event participants a great, but difference experience," said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey's Executive Director. "The National Hockey Festival has never been played in Tampa before and USA Field Hockey is excited to be working directly with the CVB and the Hillsborough County Tournament SportsPlex  to make sure it is a success."

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Welcome to STAT, a monthly publication that offers readers an inside look at what’s going on in the youth and amateur sports market here in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay has become synonymous with hosting some of the biggest sporting events in the country at a high level. From Super Bowls to NCAA Championships to the College Football Playoff National Championship and NHL All-Star Weekend, Tampa Bay’s resume of major events continues to grow.

What a lot of people might not know is that Tampa Bay is also one of the top places in the country for hosting youth and amateur sporting events. From traditional sports, such as soccer, volleyball, football, baseball, basketball, hockey and softball to non-traditional sports, such as gymnastics, skateboarding, cheer and dance competitions, as well as equestrian events, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission prides itself on attracting and hosting an eclectic mix of events that create both social and economic impact throughout the community, all year long.

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On Thursday, Nov. 1, Hillsborough County along with partners, held a ceremony to celebrate progress on the Hillsborough County Tournament SportsPlex, a state-of-the-art, “tournament-only” facility that will host championship-level athletic events and draw teams from across the country.

Centrally located in the heart of Hillsborough County, less than 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown Tampa (on Columbus Drive between U.S. Highway 301 and Falkenburg Road), the Tournament SportsPlex will showcase 15 fully lit multipurpose fields, capable of hosting a multitude of sports such as soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, ultimate frisbee, rugby, and cricket.

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Bolt to the Blue Line at the 18th Annual Florida Hospital Bolt Run presented by Dasani- featuring the first-ever finisher’s circle inside AMALIE ARENA! A portion of each registration will be donated to benefit prostate cancer research and patient services via the Lightning Foundation.

Register NOW to run, walk, or cheer! 

Get in on the 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four Action!

The 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four is set to arrive in Tampa Bay for a third time in April 2019! Games are slated for April 5 & 7 at Amalie Arena, but fun, FREE, family-friendly events will be happening throughout the week! Stay current with all the latest news and updates by signing up for our host committee Women's Final Four newsletter below, or make sure to stop by one of our upcoming trophy tour stops and get your photo with the National Championship trophy!


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Upcoming Youth and Amateur Events

November 12-17
Norwich City Football Club Training Camp
December 14-16
FPHC Holiday Classic
November 17-21
Florida Marching Band Championships
December 15
Game Day of Champions Football
November 21-25
49th Annual Thanksgiving Horse Show
December 15
Hillsborough County High School All-Star Football Game
November 27-30
PGA Tour Champions Q-School Finals
December 15
Legends Football Showcase
November 30 - December 2
49th Annual Thanksgiving Horse Show
December 16
Tampa Hot Choclate 15K/5K 
December 1-12
GSA Hope for the Holidays Baseball Tournament
December 20
Gasparilla Bowl
December 3-8
United Youth Football League National Championships
December 25-31
Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit 
December 7-11
USHJA Annual Meeting
December 28-30
Five Star National Championship 
December 7-9 
GSA Baseball Winter Wrap-Up
December 31 - January 4
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center 

Click HERE for a full list of calendar events as well as details on the events above.

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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