Tampa, FL — The University of South Florida and Florida A&M University football game will be presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission on September 10, 2005 at Raymond James Stadium, the three parties announced today.
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission has been instrumental in coordinating the first-ever meeting between two programs that have added much to the college football tradition in Tampa Bay. The sports commission is a division of the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official tourism marketing organization for Hillsborough County.
“You cannot speak of Tampa Bay’s college football tradition without mentioning Florida A&M University,” says USF Director of Athletics Doug Woolard. “The many years that Florida A&M played football in this area may have helped lay the foundation that has enabled USF to bring college football back to the Tampa Bay area on a permanent basis. So I am pleased to be able to play a role in continuing that tradition by playing this game.”
“Florida A&M is excited to return to Tampa and take on USF,” says Florida A&M Director of Athletics Dr. Joseph Ramsey, II. “This is a game that all of our fans have wanted for a long time. We look forward to not only a great football game, but an exceptional weekend of events as well.”
The game marks Florida A&M’s first appearance in Tampa since 1996, the year prior to USF’s inaugural season. The Rattlers and their famed “Marching 100″ band are no strangers to playing in front of large crowds, with recent appearances in the Georgia Dome, the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, the Louisiana Super Dome, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and Ford Field in Detroit.
“The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is excited to be involved in this strong partnership with Florida A & M University and the University of South Florida,” says the commission’s Executive Director Rob Higgins. “We are committed to making this an incredible and memorable weekend for all of the fans, players, and coaches.”