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Rays Take on the Yankees!

April 15, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Sports No Comments →

The Tampa Bay Rays open a homestand with 4 game series against the Yankees starting on Thursday. The first pitch on Thursday will be at 7:10pm. Good tickets are still available for Thursday. It’s Italian night and you can purchase a commemorative t-shirt to celebrate the night. And if you want to tailgate before the game get there early to get a good spot!

Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays

Inside the Trop, check out the Ray tank in centerfield. The walkway around the outfield will be open. In the Left Field Street area, fans can participate in a baseball-themed game show, take their picture on a Topps baseball card, have their name inscribed onto a Louisville Slugger bat, touch and feel real game-used equipment, and broadcast play-by-play of baseball highlights. At Right Field Street kids can experience the magic of baseball in the Rays Baseball Carnival, a real working carnival that includes plinko, spin the wheel, ring-a-bat and skee ball. Or take a swing against a computer images of real Major League pitchers in a batting cage or test their arms in the speed pitch, both found in the T.G. Lee Rookie Challenge area of the Carnival. There is also kids-themed areas such as “Bats, Balls, and Brushes”, “St. Petersburg Times Pressbox” and “The Science of Baseball.” Centerfield Street has the Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar, baseball’s first in-stadium cigar bar, as well as the Batter’s Eye Restaurant, located in the “batter’s eye” in center field. Centerfield Street also has the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall-of-Fame. The Trop is about a 30 minute drive from MacDill AFB, but remember to give yourself some extra time because of the expected crowds!

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April Golf Specials at MacDill AFB Bay Palms Golf Complex

April 07, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Sports No Comments →

At the MacDill AFB Palms Golf Complex, a military member and 3 guests can play for $125 which includes greens and cart fees. The per person cart rate for 18 holes is $12 and for 9 holes it is $7.


If you want to learn or need some help getting the rust out of your game, then sign up for the “Get Golf Ready” classes for $99. The free active duty clinic runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1pm, but you have the buy a bucket of balls. There is a drop-in junior clinic every Saturday for $3. It runs from 8:30am to 9:30am. Bay Palms Golf Complex was named ‘Best Golf Program in the Air Force’ for 2002. There are two 18-hole, par 72 courses. The challenging South Course runs along the bay. The North Course offers a prefect opportunity to work on your game. The complex has a lighted practice putting green, a 24-hour-a-day lighted driving range where a small bucket of balls is only $2, a practice chipping green and sand trap areas. The clubhouse has an excellent pro shop with a great friendly staff ready to help you. The snack bar serves a great variety of food and has an especially nice breakfast menu! The Complex is open daily from 6:30am to 6pm. The Grill is open for breakfast daily from 6:30am to 10:30am, lunch daily from 11am to 1:30pm and the Express is open from Sun-Fri, 1:30-3 pm, and on Sat, 1:30-5 pm. Whether your home is in Brandon, FishHawk, St. Pete or New Tampa, you can’t find a more affordable golf course. It’s a great place to stop in after work and play a couple of holes or hit a bucket or two at the driving range before going home!

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Military Discounts for Valspar Championship

March 12, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Events, News, Sports No Comments →

The PGA tour comes to Tampa with the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club this week. Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is located in Palm Harbor which located on the Gulf just north of St. Petersburg. The tournament starts on Thursday and runs until Sunday. Gates will open at 7am each day.


Among the top rated players who will be there include Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Jim Furyk and Luke Donald.

Active duty, reservists and military retirees can receive up to 8 complimentary tickets. Military veterans can receive 4 discounted tickets at $20 per ticket. Tickets must be ordered online and verification is required.

Parking will cost $10 a vehicle. Innisbrook is located off of US Highway 19, so you can plan your travel based on how long it takes you to get to the Highway.

There will be concession stands located throughout the course, but make sure you silence your cell phone when someone is playing.

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Military Discount Tampa Bay Rays Spring Opener

February 25, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

The Tampa Bay Rays opening spring training game is this Friday at 1:05pm against the Baltimore Orioles. At their spring training facility, Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays will honor active duty and retired service members.


The U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team will deliver the American flag and game ball when they drop into Charlotte Sports Park from an altitude of 12,500 feet. The Rays have partnered with Charlotte County’s Veteran Services Division to invite 300 of the area’s veterans as special guests for the game. A special military discount will also be offered for the opener. Active or retired personnel showing a military ID can purchase up to four half-price general admission seats at the box office on the day of the game.

Charlotte Sports Park is located at Port Charlotte and is about a 90 minute drive south of Tampa.

The Rays are heading into the 2014 season with high expectations and a large payroll. The 2014 payroll will the largest the team has ever had. The Rays are playing to win it now. Fans need to get out there to support them!

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Weekend Events in Tampa

February 21, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Sports No Comments →

There is always a lot of fun things to do in the Tampa Bay area on the weekends. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of fun things to do during the week in Tampa also!


Here is a small sample of some the big events that are taking place this weekend:

On Saturday and Sunday, downtown Tampa and specifically Bayshore Blvd will be crowded with the Gasparilla Distance Classic races. These races are most popular in Tampa. You can still sign up if you want to race. Even if you don’t race, it’s a good time to go and watch. On Saturday the 15k and 5k races will take place. On Sunday the half-marathon and 8k will take place.

Also on the weekend, it’s the start of the 36th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival! The location will be at the Museum of Science and Industry in Temple Terrace across the street from the University of South Florida.

If you’re a baseball fan, then the Rays Fan Fest starts at 11am on Saturday. It’s a free event and great time to checkout the Trop and all the players.

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Gasparilla Distance Classic Registration!

January 11, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Events, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

Register for the Gasparilla Distance Classic races! This is the biggest road race in Tampa. Races take place on 22 and 23 February. So you still have time to train!


There is a menu of races to chose from. On the 22nd of February, the races are the 5k and 15k. Those races will start near the Channelside District of downtown Tampa at intersection of Brorein St and Franklin St. On the next day, the races will be 8k and half-marathon. The 8k will start at Bayshore Blvd and Verne St. The half-marathon will start on Platt St between Plant Ave and Parker St.

USAA is sponsoring the USAA Military Challenge will be open to active, retired & former military personnel. This is free event with USAA handing out awards to the top participating finishers in several divisions.

This a huge event and you don’t have to run to participate. Wheelchairs and walkers are welcome. If you want to train, then the Gasparilla website has a training schedule for the 5k and 8k.

If this is your first race, you can also try the Jeff Galloway race method of walking and running.

On 21 and 22 February, the Tampa Convention Center will host the Health and Fitness Expo. This free Expo will have race packets available for pickup and all the latest running equipment and goods. A great place to pick up new shoes or have your stride evaluated!

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Outback Bowl Parade 31 Dec

December 29, 2013 By: maclaura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

Come out to downtown Ybor City on 31 December for the Outback Bowl Parade! The parade starts at 5:30pm and runs along 7th Avenue. The crowd should be large and ready to have some fun as LSU takes on Iowa! Expect a lot of Iowa fans in the area as they try to the escape the freezing weather up north! Down here the weather will be cold, not freezing! The game will be on 1 January starting at 1pm at Raymond James Stadium. The parade will feature a pep rally with both schools’ marching bands and cheerleaders. The parade will have floats and 15 marching bands and will run along Seventh Avenue. Please do not bring any coolers, alcohol or glass containers, because they will be confiscated and you run a chance of getting ticketed by the police. After the parade Ybor City is great place to visit. Sidewalk cafés and retail boutiques line the area’s walkable avenues, and signature iron streetlamps complement authentic electric streetcars. Ybor City is a refreshing blend of interests—a mecca of historic architecture, entertainment, shopping, business and the arts. Since 1885, Ybor City has stood for originality and cultural heritage. Today, its novel characteristics continue to set it apart. Known as Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, Ybor City is an exciting place to live, work, play and visit. There are two parking garages to chose from and lots behind businesses on 7th Avenue. If you want to go to the game, then tickets are still available. Tickets start at $80.

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Beef O’Brady Bowl Today!

December 23, 2013 By: maclaura Category: children, Events, Sports No Comments →

Field Goal

The holiday season is in full swing with Christmas just days away and the college football bowl season is just starting! In the Tampa Bay area, the Beef O’Brady Bowl held at Tropicana Field in St. Pete is the place to go for college bowl action. Kickoff time is 2pm today! Don’t worry if you haven’t bought a ticket yet because there are still good tickets available. In the 6th annual bowl, the Ohio University Bobcats from the Mid-American Conference and the East Carolina Pirates from Conference USA. Ohio located in Miami, Ohio is one of only 21 teams in the country to appear in five straight bowls and is one of only two schools that are currently in the Mid-American Conference to appear in five-consecutive bowls. East Carolina has won 4 of its last 5 games. Led by junior quarterback Shane Carden, who completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,866 yards with 32 touchdowns, the Pirates averaged 40.4 points per game, 10th best in the FBS. Tropicana Field is the home field of the Tampa Bays Rays and this is the only time the field is configured for football. Ticket prices start at $43.25 and can be purchased online. The Trop is easily accessible from I-275. St. Pete is across the bay from MacDill AFB and about a 20 minute drive from the base. With an average of some 360 days of sunshine each year, it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City.” Downtown St. Pete is vibrant place to live and socialize with many museums and a great nightlife destination. The 3 major districts in downtown are Beach Drive, USF St. Pete and Grand Central District. Beach Drive is anchored by the landmark Pier and is well known for shopping, dining and entertainment that includes outdoor cafes and restaurants, world class museums. A continuous string of green parks winds along the seven-mile waterfront that is home to many special events and festivals each year. The USF St. Pete district includes Albert Whitted Airport, the Port of St. Petersburg, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the largest concentration of marine science and research institutes in the Southeast. Central Avenue, heading west from downtown St. Petersburg between 16th and 31st Streets, is the Grand Central District – a thriving home decor and artist community. Walk to galleries, antique stores, restaurants, and unique shops.

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Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot

November 25, 2013 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Sports No Comments →

One of the biggest and most popular running events in the Tampa Bay area takes place Thanksgiving morning. The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot starts off at 7am. Its a series of races. At 7 am, the Wingding 5K, for those competitive type runners, on certified course starts the series. There is a Fun Run 5K at 7:30 am for recreational runners. The Gobbler 1-miler at 8:30am is perfect for everyone in the family. The final race at 8:45an is the Turkey Trot 10K on certified course. Proceeds from the race will be donated to local charities. Canned goods and non-perishable food items will be collected in the stadium on race day and will be given to the Religious Community Services Food Bank. All races begin at Keene Road just south of Gulf to Bay Blvd., except for the 5K Fun Run, and end in Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School. On line registration has already closed. Day of race registration cost $15 to $40 depending on the race. Make sure you arrive earlier, because parking will take some time due to the crowds. Line up at start according to speed: fastest runners up front, slowest to rear. Walkers should start at the back of the crowd. There will be free refreshments at the finish line along with medical stations. Bathrooms will be located on east side of stadium, and portable toilets located along north side of stadium. You will need to provide the T-Shirt stub from race number to receive a shirt. You can pick up the shirt before or after your race. Good luck!

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University of Tampa Basketball on Friday!

November 14, 2013 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Events, Schools, Sports No Comments →




This Friday the University of Tampa Spartans take on the Yellow Jackets of American International College. Tipoff time is 7pm. The Spartans are part of the Division II Sunshine State Conference. The game will take place in the Bob Martinez Athletics Center, which was named for the UT alumnus who served as Mayor of Tampa, Governor of Florida and President Bush’s cabinet level Drug Czar. The main gymnasium houses three full size courts with permanent seating for 3,432 to view the main court. The Center is located on North Blvd. The ticket prices for all University of Tampa regular season athletic events are $5. Children under 12 are admitted free. The University of Tampa is a medium size private university with about 5,600 students on 100 acres on a prime Tampa location on the western bank of the Hillsborough River. The small student body allows students to get to know their professors and fellow students. The University offers more than 100 areas of study and pre-professional programs through a strong core curriculum rooted in the liberal arts. An Evening College presents degree programs to adults who want to study part-time at night. Graduate programs are offered for Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management and Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Innovation. The MBA program is one of the largest in Florida and is one of the elite private schools in the Southeast to have AACSB accreditation. Check out the game and check out the school! Parking is available at the nearby Thomas Parking Garage on North Blvd.

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