September 2018 Edition

Kickoff Series Continues with USA-Colombia On Oct.11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

The next stop of the fall Kickoff Series will take place in Tampa on Oct. 11 when the U.S. Men’s National Team hosts 16th-ranked Colombia at Raymond James Stadium. FS1, UniMas and UDN will broadcast the match live beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Colombia will be the fifth team in the Top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings to face the MNT in the Kickoff Series, joining Brazil, England, Italy and Mexico. The six-match set will provide the aspiring young U.S. side with top-level competition at the start of their four-year journey toward the 2022 World Cup. The remaining opponent for October will be finalized in the near future.

The MNT returns to Tampa Bay fresh off of 1-0 win over Mexico and holds a lifetime record of 4-1-1 at Raymond James Stadium. Nine different U.S. players have put their name on the scoresheet in those matches, including two individual multi-goal games (Landon Donovan, Jordan Morris) and three scored by defenders (Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Omar Gonzalez).

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#TeamTampaBay Joins Forces to Officially Launch its WISE Tampa Bay Chapter!

Women in Sports and Events — WISE is the leading educational resource for women in the fields of sports and events. Through a combination of programming and online tools designed to provoke thought, personal and professional growth, and engagement, WISE works to:

  • provide educational resources for women from entry level to senior management;
  • assist women in navigating and accelerating their careers;
  • help women understand their collective value;
  • foster peer connections; and
  • champion the hiring and advancement of women in the industry

WISE Tampa Bay will help carry out WISE’s mission at a local level by providing innovative educational programming, events and valuable networking opportunities, while offering national resources including the WISE Within Mentor Program and Speed Mentoring Roundtables.

WISE Tampa Bay is supported by its founding partners, including the University of South Florida Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Tampa Bay Sports Commission.

Read the full announcement HERE

Nashville Stars Set to Headline Tailgate Taste Fest Stage

On Saturday, October 6, the Event Development Institute (EDI) and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission will turn Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park into the ultimate tailgate party for the fifth annual Tampa Bay’s Tailgate Taste Fest presented by Coca Cola Beverages Florida. The FREE, family- and dog-friendly festival will open at 3:00pm and continue through 10:30pm.

Entertainment includes tailgate games, LED screens playing the day’s best college football match-ups, and live music all day long. Event organizers announced the full band line-up over Labor Day Weekend. The outdoor concert will be headlined by country music stars Craig Campbell and Jimmie Allen with special performances by Skyler Clark and Randy McNeeley. A full event timeline with stage times can be found on the Tailgate Taste Fest website.

Food sample wristbands and Very Important Tailgater (VIT) packages are available for purchase online now as well as on site the day of the event.

Visit for updates and information regarding wristbands, entertainment and the gameday TV schedule.

Join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 6th Annual Treasure Chests 5K and Fun Run  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Come join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 6th Annual Treasure Chests 5K and Fun Run, powered by Jabil on Sunday, October 21 before the Buccaneers take on the Cleveland Browns. This year is your chance to finish inside the Buccaneers' all-new indoor practice facility at One Buccaneer Place.  A portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research and patient services in the Tampa Bay area.  To register, visit today! Brought to you by Jabil and Coca-Cola Beverages Florida.

Register HERE

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Comes to the Yuengling Center

April 21, 2016 will live in infamy as the day we lost a genius, an icon, a legend. Prince is widely regarded as one of the best musicians ever to live, and one of the greatest showmen of all time. His music makes up the soundtracks of our lives- from the parties of our youth to our weddings; and we share his music with our children who repeat the cycle. Great music lives on forever, and, it’s with this in mind that we introduce “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.”

The first and only estate-approved Prince celebration, 4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. Throughout the course of the evening Prince’s extensive musical catalog will be represented, we’ll hear his greatest hits as well as some of his lesser known gems in this musical celebration. Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and arrangements that will be played by the symphony.

Purchase tickets HERE for the October 5 Show.

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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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! 

After School All-Stars Tampa Bay Announces Corporate Challenge

After School All-Stars Tampa Bay is proud to partner with the City of Tampa to present the first-ever Tampa Bay Corporate Challenge (TBCC) on Saturday, November 10 at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. The event is open to Tampa Bay area companies and will encourage company comradery, networking and of course, competition through a variety of sporting events, including a 5K Run/Walk that is also open to family and friends. Registration for the TBCC and the 5K Run/Walk is now open! Visit for more details and to register.

Outback Bowl Tickets Now On Sale at Ticketmaster

Tickets to the January 2019 Outback Bowl, the area’s annual major college football post-season bowl game, are now on sale through Ticketmaster.  The bowl will be celebrating its 33rd year as it plays host to teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten Conference on New Year’s Day in Raymond James Stadium.  Kickoff is slated for 12:00 P.M. EST.

Phone orders can be placed with a credit card by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at and in person at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.

#TeamTampaBay Shines For Joey J

With your support, the #TeamTampaBay For Joey J 50-50 Raffle helped raise nearly $19,000 dollars for the Joey Johnston recovery efforts. Additionally, thanks to an anonymous donor, the Johnston family will receive $10,000 of the total pot. Eight other participants in the raffle took home Tampa Bay franchise memorabilia, while everyone who gave at the $40 level or higher received a $10 coupon from PDQ. Thanks to all who supported a special local family and kid through this effort.

Upcoming Youth and Amateur Events

September 21-23
GSA Gulfcoast Super Regional

September 24-25
Griffin Invitational at TPC Tampa Bay

September 29-30
ROBOTICON Tampa Bay at Yuengling Center (University of South Florida)

September 29
Southeast Basketball Academy High School Boys and Girls Basketball Showcase at Berkeley Preparatory

October 5–8
ADIDAS Columbus Day Classic

October 5-7
GSA Backyard Brawl V

October 11
U.S Men's Soccer vs. Colombia at Raymond James Stadium

October 26–28
GSA Halloween Havoc Super Regional

Click HERE for a full list of calendar events

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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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