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Old 10-26-2015, 06:05 PM
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Hey everyone! I'm guessing some on here know this is happening, but this is exciting.. right? The eyes of the world, or at least the country, will certainly be on Raymond James Stadium and Tampa, FL, for this week. Just judging on the 2015 event, which as the first of it's kind, and most watched event in cable TV history, even though the game wasn't that close late. It's likely that 40 million households will be watching, not even accounting for share, or, to put it in other terms, about how many people would be likely to visit Busch Gardens IN A DECADE (at average rate of 4 million/yr.). It doesn't seem like it's been receiving that much discussion, and so I wanted to ask some questions and start up some thoughts about it. First, a summary of recent "World Stage" events in Tampa Bay:

1999 NCAA Final Four @ Tropicana Field (This one is still a miracle I wrap my head around every time I visit)
2001 Super Bowl XXXV
2004 Stanley Cup Finals
2008 World Series
2009 Super Bowl XLIII
2012 Republican National Convention (Not sports, I know, but still a BIG deal)
2015 Stanley Cup Finals
2017 CFP Championship Game

Out of these, I think that except for the fact that for civic pride/team spirit, the local ones were a bigger deal, I would say this is bigger than any except the Super Bowl (ratings, hype, etc.). My first question is kind of a two part one: 1) What was the atmosphere surrounding these events for locals, were there fanfests, etc? Was SportsCenter out broadcasting anywhere? What kind of outreach/fun factor did these events provide to attendees/locals, especially with the most recent Stanley Cup Finals? I attended one of the watch parties out in front of the Amalie Arena for the 3rd round vs. the Rangers, which was fun, were there any added events/festivities in association with SCF, on the chance they make it back again this year that I should be aware of? 2) Did any of these events provide a significant positive exposure/legacy to the city as a result? My guess unfortunately is no, but I am curious still.

What types of talks have been set up leading into the event, like is there a committee in charge of planning the events and everything? I'd like to see Tampa actually grab this event and use it to sort of bolster/advertise the city, and not just to those attending, though they are important too. I'd also like to get involved in some of this stuff also, seeing as I'm likely to be living in the Tampa Bay area at the time of this, and hopefully use it as a launch pad to better the city, even if in some small way. If nothing else, would be cool to watch the College GameDay guys on 7th Street or elsewhere in early January of next year. This is definitely a "Big City" move/event, and props to whoever it was that ultimately got it brought here.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:23 AM
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Haven't a clue as to what CFP is.
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:36 PM
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College Football Playoff, though perhaps I shouldn't have abbreviated!

College Football Playoff
This year's is in Glendale (Phoenix), next year's title comes to the RayJay.

What was the atmosphere like for the previous Super Bowls/Final Four? Is there any information about the group who will be chairing it?
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:05 PM
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Tampa Bay Sports Commission

So no sports/college sports fans on here huh?

Oh well, well here is the website if anyone else is curious, they don't appear to have many specifics, but I will definitely see if I can get involved with any of the events/activities for game week next year.

Go Buckeyes!
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Old 10-31-2015, 02:56 PM
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I think it's pretty cool they've got alot of bigger events here even tho it's not a huge city. I've been to SB's here and went to the CFP last year in Dallas
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Old 10-31-2015, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by North_Pinellas_Guy View Post
Haven't a clue as to what CFP is.
Same here. First I'm hearing about this.
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