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Soccer fans surprised by Tampa's skyline

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While soccer fans celebrate Team USA's big win over Ghana, some local fans are wondering why they saw so much pride for the opponent this morning in downtown Tampa.

The top of Tampa's iconic SunTrust tower was illuminated in yellow, red, and green Monday night and stayed that way through Tuesday morning.

"I'm not sure if it was a mistake or what, but I was kind of surprised," said University of Tampa Assistant Soccer Coach Maurice Loregnard.

"I was so excited after the game and then I saw these Ghana colors, so I immediately came home and did my research and [found] those are the exact colors," said Tampa resident Hailey Steer.

Steer took her frustrations out on social media, along with several other local Facebook and Twitter users.

"I'm disgusted with SunTrust Tampa who have Ghana colors on the building!" Steer tweeted.

Melissa Cronk at JLL, the building's management company, says it was "pure coincidence." The colors were intended to honor the Shriners and had nothing to do with the World Cup.

The SunTrust Lights' Facebook page provided this explanation Tuesday morning after several concerned people questioned the color choice:

"June 16th the SunTrust Financial Centre's Ziggurat will be lit yellow, red, and green to honor the The Tampa Shriners Hospital for Children."

Cronk says the building's colors are set, sometimes years in advance, on a master calendar.

Some soccer fans would like to see something else up there this week.

"The stars and stripes, or the red, white and blue," said Loregnard.

The SunTrust Facebook page says the colors will be changed next week:

"On June 25th through the 29th, the Ziggurat will be lit Red and White in honor of the 44th Southern Regional Delta Sigma Theta Conference in Tampa, Florida."

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