Tampa mayor proclaims April 23 as ‘Champions Day’

Sports

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — It’s been quite the year for Tampa Bay sports teams.

The Bucs won the Super Bowl, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Rays won the American League Championship Series and the Rowdies took the USL Eastern Conference Championship.

Representatives from all four teams were in Tampa on Friday for Mayor Jane Castor’s proclamation of “Champions Day.”

The mayor hosted a ceremony at Ballast Park, 5300 Interbay Boulevard, at 9 a.m. with Rays President Brian Auld, Buccaneers COO Brian Ford, Lightning CEO Steve Griggs and Rowdies President Lee Cohen, as well Mayors Rick Kriseman and Frank Hibbard. The Lombardi, Stanley Cup, William Harridge and USL Eastern Conference Championship trophies will be there too.

“We’ve all been through a very difficult year with the pandemic and it really has been our sports franchises that have brought so much joy to the entire community,” Mayor Castor said.

“It speaks volumes about who we are as a region, and that’s the message all the mayors are trying to put out there,” Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “We’re all about working together and recognizing when we all work together, good things happen.”

The last city to win both NHL and NFL Championships in the same year was Detroit in 1952.

No city has ever won the NHL and NFL Championships, as well as the ALCS in the same season.

You can watch the event in the video player above.

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