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“Champa Bay”: A Successful Year For Tampa Bay Pro Sports Teams

By: Olivia Campbell



2020 was a crazy year to say the least, but for Tampa Bay pro sports teams, it was insane. Why is this relevant? Our firm, Whitecap Sports Group, is based in Tampa so, of course, we thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the success of our home teams. Because of this success, Tampa residents have coined the term “Champa Bay” to account for the championships won by some of our pro sports teams.



What Happened:


Basically, (in order of occurrence) the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) won the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Rays (MLB) were crowned American League champions, the Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) were named Eastern Conference champs, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) won the Super Bowl (in their own stadium, making history). As most avid sports fans know, this doesn’t happen very often. Even Golf Digest and Wall Street Journal took notice to Tampa Bay becoming the new sports Titletown. However, 2020 was not just a good year for Tampa Bay, but for Los Angeles as well. They had championships in the NBA (Lakers) and MLB (Dodgers).



Boat Parades – Celebrations in Paradise


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that plagued the better part of 2020, normal celebrations were out of the question. The solution? Boat Parades. For both the Stanley Cup and Super Bowl celebrations, all of Tampa came together to watch or participate in a boat parade on the water in Tampa. Given the success of them, I have a feeling that boat parades will be the new normal going forward in Tampa Bay. Not only is it a fun time for the players, but fans get the chance to bring their boats to participate in the parade as well.



What’s Happening Now:


Fast forward to the next (current) season, Tampa Bay sports teams are just as hot as they were in the 2020 season. Specifically, the Lightning are currently in the NHL playoffs, the Rays are 1st in the AL East and have best record in MLB, the Rowdies are 1st in the Eastern Conference, and the Bucs successfully returned all their starters from Super Bowl LV. Will “Champa” Bay pro sports teams pull off the repeat in 2021? That remains to be seen, but it is definitely a possibility that Tampa sports fan are excited about.



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