Sure Tampa has the NFL's Buccaneers, MLB's Rays, and the NHL's Lightning. But just as interesting year in and year out are the Outback Bowl on January 1st as well as MLB spring training. The Yankees hold camp at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the Devil Rays camp is in St Petersburg, the Phillies play in Clearwater, the Pirates play in Bradenton, and the Blue Jays spend their spring in Dunedin. The University of South Florida, located in Tampa has Division IA sports with a notable football program that plays in the Big East against teams like Pitt and West Virginia. Tampa has also hosted three Super Bowls, most recently in 2009.
Raymond James Stadium
I drove around all sides of Raymond James Stadium trying to find the best vantage point for a picture. I found an open entrance gate on the northeast side, so I drove in far enough to get great view from the van. From our position we could see the masts of the stadium’s iconic pirate ship and the outline of the pirate village that stretches across the top of the north end zone. Looming over everything was an enormous print of the team’s skull and crossed swords logo emblazoned across the back of the scoreboard. I would love to actually watch a game here one day, as I think it is one of the most interesting stadiums in all of sports.
We golfed one afternoon at the East Bay Golf and Country Club in Largo, just north of Indian Rocks Beach. This semi-private, 18-hole, par 71 golf course has lots of water hazards (and a few building hazards...ooops). It is also full of various birds and alligators. Golf carts are equipped with the Pro Shot GPS system giving exact yardage and direction to the next hole, as well as enabling you to order food. We had a quick lunch of hot dogs and beer at the restaurant.
Cost is $44 per person plus $12 per person for golf carts. The dress code is relatively, casual requiring only t-shirt and shorts, rather than the typical slacks and collared shirt.
Tampa has quite a few professional sport teams so if you'd like to see a game there is a variety of them...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - National Football League
Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Major League Baseball
Tampa Bay Lightning - National Hockey League Tampa Bay Storm
Arena Football League -
Tampa Yankees - Minor League Baseball and where the Yankees pratice in the summer
Tampa Bay Terminators - Independent Women's Football League
If you can catch a Bucs game at Raymond James stadium, take advantage of it. Single game tickets usually sell out within a couple of hours of going on sale. Make sure to snatch up a pair if you can. The stadium was just completed a couple years ago, and marked the destruction of the 'Sombrero', Tampa's old Buc's stadium.
You should watch a spoting event. It's funny to see the Lightning, Bucs, and Devil Rays 'play'. The Ice Palace is a great place to watch a hockey game because the seats anywhere are great. Although Tampa does not have a good team, you can watch the stars from the visiting team.
The air conditioning at the Ice Palace is very cool for hockey games, but for concerts, it may get hot.