Monthly Archives: October 2011


For those wanting to attend sporting events or those wanting to watch them from the comfort of their home, Tampa has many sports teams to root for. With five professional sports teams that call Tampa home, fans of many different sports can find games to watch. Below is a list of the major college and professional sports teams in Tampa, as well as the two main stadiums where sporting events take place.


Professional Sports

NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MLB Tampa Bay Devil Rays

NHL Tampa Bay Lightening

MLS Tampa Bay Mutiny

AFL Tampa Bay Storm

College Sports

South Florida Bulls


Ice Palace

Raymond James Stadium


Tampa itself is among the nation’s “most-wired” cities and is one of the top ten for security-cleared professional jobs requiring technical, computer and engineering skills, as well as a background in international affairs, intelligence and foreign languages.

Like a majority of counties in the Tampa Bay region, Manatee County offers vibrant economic activity. For the business-minded, the Manatee Convention Center, near the scenic Manatee River is available to host any number of trade shows, seminars, banquets or concerts. Bradenton, the county seat of Manatee County is the home of such major corporations as Tropicana, Champs Sports, and Rohm America.

The four-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties has a population of 2.7 million, making it the 19th largest MSA in the U.S. Florida’s fourth largest county, Hillsborough County has a ready and reliable workforce for a broad spectrum of business. Other strong economic drivers include the 25 plus airlines serving the area, the largest deep-water port in the United States, several reliable telecommunications firms, top educational institutions supplying a steady stream of capable employees and much more.

Based upon current economic projections, the Tampa area is expected to enjoy a moderate growth pattern in the coming years. The Tampa area is well befitting for various target industry sectors. The most prominent Florida industries include Agriculture, Aviation and Aerospace, Biotechnology and Life Sciences.



Quality of life

Demand for office space in Tampa has exploded in recent years with new Florida commercial property development expanding the options for relocating companies. New development has provided Tampa with an ample supply of state-of-the-art industrial commercial property listings. Hillsborough County has an extensive inventory of commercial real estate.

The Central Business District (CBD) is Tampa’s bustling business center with more than 50,000 employees downtown and over 6 million square feet of office space incorporating a convention center, premier hotels, entertainment and cultural venues and numerous housing options, all within a compact footprint along the scenic Hillsborough River.

The Westshore sub-market is in close proximity to one of the nation’s best airports, Tampa International Airport, and is the largest office sub-market in the state of Florida. It features some of the area’s finest waterfront views and outstanding amenities, including first-class hotels and upscale shopping.

Many Tampa attractions include The Florida Aquarium, the Lowry Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa Museum of Art , Henry B. Plant Museum, and the Tampa Bay History Center. Sports fans will enjoy the Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with the Tropicana Field baseball stadium, the Ice Palace and the state-of-the-art training facility in Major League Baseball, the Legends Field Complex.

Tampa’s nightlife consists of beach parties, casinos and various energetic nightclubs such as Blue Martini, Club Prana, and the Drynk Soho. Restaurants with their infamous seafood are located everywhere, such as Jackson’s Bistro Bar and Sushi and more, many staying open late.

About the city

tampa skyline

Welcome to Tampa …

“America’s Next Greatest City,” that has already established itself as more than just a beautiful, white sandy beach.

Named “sticks of fire” by a Native American tribe, possibly due to the natural displays that have led it to be dubbed the Lightning Capital of the World, Tampa is a bustling business center filled with entertainment and cultural options, bottled up with the sunny, warm clime of a Florida beach community.

Located on Florida’s West Coast, bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa is a growing city of about 350,000 people, while the greater bay community is home to nearly 3 million.

Incorporated in 1849, just four years after Florida became a state in the U.S., the small settlement grew from a frontier outpost to a bustling city by the early 1900s. That early growth came due to Tampa’s first major industry: cigars. At its height, the Ybor City neighborhood had 150 working cigar factories, where more than 500 million cigars were hand-rolled before the Great Depression.

These days, the Tampa economy is quite diverse, spread across the service, retail, finance, insurance, shipping, defense, tourism and real estate industries. Fortune 1000 companies OSI Restaurant Partners, WellCare, TECO Energy and Raymond James Financial are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area, and many corporations maintain regional offices in the community, which also houses the main server farm for Wikipedia and other companies.

True to its beginnings as a frontier outpost, Tampa remains a military town. Historic Fort Brooke (which became its own stand-alone town for a time) remains a part of the history of Tampa, currently housing the Tampa Bay History Center and Tampa Convention Center. The military has moved to more modern digs. MacDill Air Force Base employs more than 15,000 active military, Department of Defense civil service, and contractors in the bay area.Read More...

The installation hosts the 6th Air Mobility Wing and is home to U.S. Central Command headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command headquarters, the 927th Air Refueling Wing, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command headquarters and U.S. Special Operations Command Central headquarters, as well as other active and reserve components of the military.

Among the bay area’s 20 hospitals are three ranked on US News and World Report’s “America’s best hospitals” list. The University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is a prominent research and care facility, and the area is also home to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the Pepin Heart Institute. Tampa is also home to one of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Much of Tampa’s economic activity centers around its transportation infrastructure. The city was the site of the first commercial passenger airline, which landed in Tampa in 1914, just a decade after the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk. The historic flight by pioneering aviator Tony Jannus is memorialized in an exhibit at Tampa International Airport, which serves nearly 17 million passengers a year and consistently rates as one of the best airports in the nation on lists from CNNGo, Zagat and Condé Nast.

Tampa Bay has been a favorite location for sea travel and shipping since the 16th century, growing into the seventh-largest port in the country, handling nearly half of all seaborne commerce in Florida. It is also the second-most-popular destination for cruise ship travel in Florida, serving as a port of call for some of the most popular cruise services, with ships traveling to Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and Eastern and Western Caribbean Islands.

The region’s seafaring history has led to one of its most enduring traditions, the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. The mock pirate invasion, which dates back 100 years, which leads a parade that draws 400,000 attendees for “Tampa’s Mardi Gras” and has spurred other pirate-themed events from January to March, including the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, the Gasparilla Distance Classic, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Other popular events include the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, the India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay, MacDill Air Force Base’s Air Fest, and Ybor City’s Guavaween (a Hallowen festival with a Latin flair) and “GaYbor Days,” an annual GLBT event.

All throughout the year, Tampa has offerings for sports lovers. If you count the NBA’s Orlando Magic, which plays about an hour and a half away, the city has a team in every major league sports league, including the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. Arena football’s Tampa Bay Storm and the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League also play in the bay area, and several MLB teams conduct spring training in the area. In addition, local colleges, including the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College, field teams in a variety of sports.

With many pro wrestlers settling in the bay area, Tampa has reportedly become “de facto” headquarters for professional wrestling, as well as the home of Florida Championship Wrestling, a developmental program of the WWE.

Among the city of Tampa’s 165 parks and beaches — and 42 more in suburban Hillsborough County — is the Bro Bowl, the first public skate park built in Florida, which opened in 1979.

Only in Tampa

One of the oldest attractions, the Tampa Theatre, has been a symbol of Tampa’s arts and cultural imagination since 1926, hosting not only film festivals but concerts and other performances, and even a popular summer film camp under its faux starry sky. The ornate theater, designed to look like a Mediterranean courtyard, has been recognized by Life Magazine as one of “America’s 21 Wonders” and was recently named one of the 10 best movie theaters in the world by The Motion Picture Association of America.

Other popular performing arts venues include the Gorilla Theatre, the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, which is the largest performing arts complex south of Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and is home to Opera Tampa, the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and other groups. The Straz Center has been ranked in the top 10 for ticket sales among theater’s its size, according to Pollstar Magazine.

Along the Tampa Riverwalk, a trail under development in the city Arts District, patrons can visit the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, as well as view a series of outdoor statues along the way.

Tampa is home to a wide variety of museums, including the Museum of Science & Industry, the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, the Tampa Firefighters Museum and the Henry B. Plant Museum, not to mention the World War II Victory Ship museum, located on a permanently docked ship.

For fun, residents can visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a theme park that covers 335 acres. In addition to roller coasters, the park is filled with African wildlife. Next door, Adventure Island is a water park that allows families to have fun while beating the heat.

Visitors can enjoy more than 2,000 animals, rides and exhibits at the Lowry Park Zoo, and the 250,000-square-foot Florida Aquarium features more than 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals.

Nestled into the west-Florida coast on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the Tampa Bay area is a magical mix of a bustling metropolis, thriving academic world, vibrant cultural life, high-tech hotspot and recreational paradise. Home to Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida’s two most populous cities, it not only beckons to those in other locales but a majority of those who grow up in this marvelous environment choose to stay.

Hillsborough County, home to the City of Tampa, lies midway along the west coast of Florida. Its diverse economy supported by agriculture, finance, health care, technology and the port of Tampa, helps this successful community maintain its standing as one of the most enjoyable Florida locations in which to live, work and play.