Saint Petersburg Florida Sports
St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to many incredible professional sports teams who have a great day and night out in the city. Whether you're a fan of football, baseball, basketball, football or any other sport, whether you're here or just visiting, you can be part of the action at any time of day or night, whether it's a game, a game day at Tropicana Field or even just in the city itself: here are some of Florida's best professional sports teams to help you spend your week on and around the stands.
The St. Petersburg baseball scene, home to the Tampa Bay Rays, offers plenty of family fun for all ages. A number of lower-league franchises are also playing in the region, including four lower-league baseball teams competing in the Florida State League. The area is also home to the Florida International University baseball team and the University of South Florida football team.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have played at the facility since 1980 and the franchise has a star on its shield commemorating the 1975 championship. The franchise is considered one of the best football teams in the state of Florida and North America, and features stars on the shield to commemorate the 1975 championship. It is also home to the University of South Florida football team and Florida International University baseball team, both of which will play in St. Petersburg in the 2017 season before moving to Tampa in 2018. In Division I, Tampa Bay Krewe, founded in 1989, plays in Florida State League Division II and has a record of 11-1-2-0 in its first two seasons.
The Bucs reached the NFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history in 2006, against Los Angeles St.
As such, they were the first professional franchises to make Tampa Stadium their home field and the first to use "Tampa Bay" as their name. Phillips Field was also used for baseball, the Tampa Bay Storm of the American Football League (AFL) and Florida Atlantic University (Florida A & M) played there from 1946 to 1954. The newly baptised Storm won its first AFL title in 1946, its second in 1953 and four more in 1954, making it the most titles (5) in AFL history. In his time, Big Sombrero was also home to the Florida Gators, Florida State University and the first football team in Tampa.
The NASL was dissolved in 1984, but the Rowdies played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) for two more years before finally disbanding in 1993. In 2010, the field was overrun by the Tampa Bay Lightning of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the New York Red Bulls.
The club played its first two seasons at Tampa Stadium before moving to Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg for the following seasons. The Tampa Bay Rowdies' first season in the North American Soccer League (NASL) was played at Raymond James Stadium and held the record for most home wins in a season with 18. They played their first season at the stadium and then moved to the newly built Raymond James Stadium the following year to play there for a season.
The NCAA regularly selects local venues for college football games, such as the U.S. men's and women's national teams games at Raymond James Stadium. With 11 home games, FBS holds the record for the most home games in a season in the program's history.
The Tritons qualified for the NCAA South Regional tournament with a 3-0 regular-season record and a 2-1 record at Raymond James Stadium. The Spartan team won its first ever NCAA tournament against the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.
The Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings faced off for the first time since the two leagues merged on January 1, 2002 in the NFL's first regular-season game.
Local high school rivalry games, which drew thousands of fans from as far away as New York and Chicago, were played at Phillips Field until the late 1960s, when the newly built Tampa Stadium took over. When the stadium was completed in Tampa in 1967, the city donated Plant Field to the University of Tampa as the home of its football team. Tampa U discontinued its football program in 1974, and the USFL decided to compete with the NFL by moving its season from spring to fall, leaving Phillips Field unused. After the Tampa Bay Rowdies began in 1975, it was used as a home again for the Buccaneers, who began their first regular season in football in 1976.
The Florida Gators played several home games on the site in the 1930s and 1940s, and from 1946 to 1954 it was home to the University of Florida basketball teams. The Hoops team played at Phillips Field from 1950 to 1953, when the school opened the USF Sun Dome, now known as the Yuengling Center.