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. In fact, Tampa ranked No. 41 overall out of 423 metropolitan areas in a recent WalletHub list of the best sports cities in 2016.
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, the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four, and the 2016 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, Frozen Four. Most recently, Tampa hosted the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson. College football's Outback Bowl has been held in Tampa since 1986.
Tampa Bay enjoys an average temperature of 73 degrees and holds the record for the most consecutive days of sunshine, which 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.