Tampa Bay Buzz
7
January
2015
2015 Outback Bowl: ESPN2 ratings peak
The folks at the Outback Bowl report the 2015 game on New Year's Day racked the highest-ratings and the biggest audience in ESPN2's history. The game at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium ended with No. 17 Wisconsin beating No. 19 Auburn 34-31 in overtime after a back-and-forth battle. The telecast generated a network best 3.8 rating and an average of 6.4 million viewers making it the most watched program in ESPN2's 21-year history. “We are extremely excited to have set a record for our network partners at ESPN as the first game to kick off the most tradition-rich day of college football – New Year’s Day,” said Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim...
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Come get married in Tampa Bay

As of midnight, gay marriage is official in Florida. In Tampa Bay, same-sex couples are lining up at local courthouses to get their licenses and get hitched. Tampa and Hillsborough County are welcoming, progressive communities and the perfect place for LGBT couples to make wedding and honeymoon...

15 reasons to visit Tampa Bay in 2015

The Outback Bowl kicked off another busy year in Tampa Bay, with loads of new things to see, do and eat. If you're local, 2015 is the year to explore your hometown like a tourist. And if you're a tourist, 2015 is the year you should take over Tampa Bay. Here are some good places to start: Lights on...

Check out our first national TV spot

The Outback Bowl won’t be the only Tampa Bay event making the national airwaves on New Year’s Day. Visit Tampa Bay will unveil its first national television commercial that same day. The 30-second commercial will premier during the Outback Bowl on ESPN. “We’re excited to be taking our efforts on...

Your 2015 Outback Bowl Tampa Bay to-do list

Expedia Viewfinder partnered up with Visit Tampa Bay to reveal things to do while in town during the big game. Every New Year’s Day, the third pick college football teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference play in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. This year, the...

Tampa Bay? There's an app for that.

You can now carry around everything you need to know about visiting Tampa Bay in one device. Visit Tampa Bay's 2015 Official Visitors Guide is now available as an iPad app. Apple posted the app to its iTunes store this weekend. This is the second year the 80-page guide to discovering Tampa Bay's...

AIDA Vita makes first visit to Tampa Bay

Schiff ahoi! The German cruise ship AIDA Vita (@aida_de) made its first call on Tampa Bay Wednesday, pulling into port at 8 a.m. after an overnight trip from Miami. The visit by the 1,200-passenger cruise ship was the first of six scheduled for Port Tampa Bay between now and April. Passengers spent...

$1 billion overhaul for Channelside

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik unveiled a vision for Tampa Bay's Channelside district this morning that promises to showcase some of the region's greatest treasures, starting with its waterfront. Vinik, who has assembled nearly 30 acres of largely vacant former industrial land around the...