News & Updates
Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee Awarded Evergreen Sustainability Certification for the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four
April 22, 2019
Tampa, Fla. (April 22, 2019) -- Just in time for Earth Day, the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee (TBLOC) is pleased to announce that for the first time in major event history, the community has been awarded the Evergreen sustainability certification by the Council for Responsible Sport as a result of an orchestrated effort during the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
"The Evergreen level certification of the 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa is particularly impressive not only because of the intentional activation of nearly all the best practice standards for hosting responsible sports events but also because of the sophisticated approach the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee took to achieving its goal,” stated Shelley Villalobos, Managing Director of the Council for Responsible Sport. “From start to finish, they built a great team, engaged stakeholders and collaborated broadly to get the work done. They did a terrific job and have much to be proud of."
Volunteers Needed for Tampa Bay’s 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four Host Effort
February 28, 2019
Tampa, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the NCAA are seeking enthusiastic individuals to serve as ambassadors for the fan events surrounding the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four coming to Amalie Arena April 5 & 7, 2019.
Over 2,000 shifts are required to assist with signature events including Tourney Town presented by Capital One at the Tampa Convention Center (April 5-7, 2019), Super Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park (April 6, 2019) and Bounce presented by Buick starting at Curtis Hixon Park and dribbling along the Tampa Riverwalk (April 7, 2019).
NCAA and Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee Announce Details for 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four
February 20, 2019
With the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four only a month and a half from tipoff, members of the NCAA and Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee invaded Sparkman Wharf on the Lawn to detail national championship plans that include opportunities for game tickets and numerous free events and community initiatives surrounding what is considered America’s marquee women’s sporting event.
Tampa Bay Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Beyond Barriers
February 18, 2019
On February 6, guests of all ages gathered for Beyond Barriers - Because of Title IX at Amalie Arena. Held at Amalie Arena, the event featured a lineup of incredible speakers each with extensive backgrounds in sports and at the top of their game in their respective professions. The event also coincided with the 33rd celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a nationally recognized day honoring the extraordinary achievements of girls and women in sports.
Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee Pursues First-Ever Sustainable Major Event Certification During 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four
February 05, 2019
Tampa, Fla. (February 5, 2019) -- For the first time in Tampa Bay major event history, the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee (TBLOC), TECO Energy and Amalie Arena will team up during the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four in pursuit of the prestigious sustainable event certification, presented by the Council for Responsible Sport.
The Council for Responsible Sport is the world’s leading sustainable sports certification program, offering three core programs that help manage, measure and deliver purposeful events that go above and beyond the bottom line. The certification process recognizes efforts across five pillars of responsible sport; planning and communication, procurement, resource management, access and equity, and community legacy. To lead the efforts, a subcommittee consisting of community partners, local experts and sustainability thought leaders have been chosen to help guide the process and elevate Tampa Bay’s innovative green initiatives. The robust subcommittee consists of representatives from the following organizations: TECO Energy, Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay Sports Commission, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, the University of South Florida Patel College of Sustainability, Strategic Property Partners, Tampa Convention Center, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Feeding Tampa Bay, Hilton Tampa Downtown, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Westin Tampa Bay, Westin Tampa Waterside, Renaissance Tampa International Plaza, The Recycling Partnership, and Resource Recycling Systems.
Beyond Barriers - Because of Title IX at Amalie Arena next Wednesday, February 6
February 01, 2019
Tampa, Fla. (February 1, 2019) -- In 2017, leaders from the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, PCA-Tampa Bay, and WeCOACH (formerly Alliance of Women Coaches) created a local event that marked the 45th anniversary of Title IX and celebrated the landmark legislation. This year, the tradition continues with the second event in the Beyond Barriers - Because of Title IX series which will coincide with the 33rd celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a nationally recognized day honoring the extraordinary achievements of girls and women in sports.
The event will take place at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 PM. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Visit BeyondBarriers2019.com to register or learn more.
ESPN's Tiffany Greene Talks Mentoring; Women's Final Four Excitement
January 31, 2019
To bookend National #MentoringMonth, check out Press Pass mentor and ESPN commentator Tiffany Greene (@TiffanyAGreene) as she talks about the direct impact of mentorship and her excitement for the 2019 NCAA #WFinalFour coming back to Tampa Bay! #WFFTampaBay
2019 NCAA Women's Final Four Highlighted at Gasparilla Children's Parade
January 22, 2019
Members of the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee as well as local youth, recently participated in one of Tampa Bay's most storied traditions, the Gasparilla Children's Parade. The event spotlighted April's championship weekend and gave attendees the opportunity to catch some great NCAA Women's Final Four memorabilia in addition to raising awareness for the event.
Out Now: The January Edition of the LOC Women's Final Four Newsletter
January 22, 2019
The Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee (TBLOC) recently launched the January edition of the TBLOC Women's Final Four newsletter. This monthly feature will highlight all the significant items surrounding the community as it prepares to host its third NCAA Women's Final Four in April. The January edition showcases LOC Advisory Committee member, Bemetra Simmons in our "Faces of the Final Four" segment as well as a special "Volunteer Spotlight" feature. Additionally, we're excited to announce that registration is now open for the Beyond Barriers: Because of Title IX event on February 6. We hope you enjoy this edition.
Tampa Bay LOC Unveils Inaugural Women’s Final Four Newsletter
December 13, 2018
The Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee (TBLOC) recently unveiled the inaugural Women's Final Four newsletter. This monthly feature will highlight all the significant items surrounding the community as it prepares to host its third NCAA Women's Final Four. The December edition showcases our first "Faces of the Final Four" and "Volunteer Spotlight" segments, while also highlighting our memorable Beyond the Baseline Tip-Off Celebration and how YOU can get involved. We hope you enjoy this edition.
Beyond the Baseline Tip-Off Celebration Begins Road to Tampa Bay
December 06, 2018
On November 18, 2018, the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee tipped-off it's 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four Legacy Programs during the University of South Florida versus Oklahoma showdown. The pre-game event was highlighted by a "Coaches' Corner" segment as well as the official launch of the Beyond the Baseline, Press Pass and Read to the Final Four programs.
Press Pass Members Get First Glimpse into Women's Final Four Excitement
November 29, 2018
On Sunday, November 18 at the USF vs. Oklahoma women's basketball showdown, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) officially unveiled a series of legacy initiatives to be held in conjunction with the 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four. Building off of the "Beyond the Baseline" Tip-Off Celebration programming, the LOC infused elements of the Read to the Final Four program and the newly established Press Pass program.
Press Pass is a media training program facilitated by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC), in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, for young girls in sixth through twelfth grade interested in working in the sports media industry. This program equips young students with valuable real-world experience by providing exclusive access to the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four, including a behind the scenes view of the championship tournament and related events. Local women media professionals are paired with the MediaGirlz onsite at these events to offer guidance and their expertise on tasks related to the various areas of journalism.
View their first experience in their initial blog at the link.
NCAA and Tampa Bay Unveil 2019 Women’s Final Four Logo
March 22, 2018
TAMPA, FL — Featuring colors representative of warm-toned sunsets and the excitement of the Tampa Bay area nightlife, the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four logo has been unveiled.
The University of South Florida will host the NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 5 and 7, 2019 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. The city and arena will be hosting America’s marquee women’s sporting event for the third time after previously hosting in 2008 and 2015.
2018 NCAA Women's Final Four Dribble to Work Day with #TeamTampaBay
March 12, 2018
A tradition that started in Tampa Bay back in 2015, Dribble to Work Day is back and members of the #TeamTampaBay community recently demonstrated their excitement for the 2019 Women's Final Four at Amalie Arena. #WFFDribble