Sports and Tampa Bay are an unbeatable combination. Professional sports teams keep spectators on their feet with championship runs while perfect weather and a pristine physical environment make Tampa Bay an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Tampa has very active professional sports teams including the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays and the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning. The New York Yankees call Tampa their home for spring training while the University of South Florida Bulls and University of Tampa Spartans provide multiple NCAA sports for the area.
Tampa Bay has earned an outstanding reputation as an ideal location for big events, having previously hosted four Super Bowls including Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. Most recently we’ve been home to the 2009 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, 2009 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four, 2008 – 2009 ACC Football Championship, and the 2007 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. We’ve recently held the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four and the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions.
Tampa Bay enjoys an average temperature of 73 degrees and holds the record for the most consecutive days of sunshine – 768 to be exact. This tropical climate makes Tampa a great place to play. From canoeing the scenic Hillsborough River to biking or jogging alongside the Bay, Tampa has something for everyone. Fish from a pier or charter a deep-sea fishing boat. Play one of Tampa’s dozens of beautiful golf courses year-round. Enjoy a walk on the beach at sunset. The opportunities for physical activity are endless.