The area hosts several professional sports teams including the following - follow link to see schedules:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
- Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
- Clearwater Threshers (MiLB)
- Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Tampa Bay Area Stadiums and Teams
- Raymond James Stadium, Tampa - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Rays
- Amelia Arena, Tampa - Tampa Bay Lightning
- Spectrum Field - Philadelphia Phillies and Clearwater Threshers
Clearwater Threshers Baseball
- Clearwater's Minor League Baseball team
- Schedule: April - August
- Location: Spectrum Field
- Phone: 727-467-4457
Tampa Bay Rays Baseball
- Location: Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
- Phone: 888-326-7297, 727-825-3137
Apart from its reputation as a wonderful residential community and exciting tourist destination, the region is also a hub of professional and amateur sports. The area has several popular and well-equipped sports stadiums for various sports. Almost every type of sport has its place in here. A visitor will invariably find a variety of tournaments at any part of the year. Being a spectator at one of the world-class stadiums is one of the principal attractions of the city. In addition, the city is also the seat of a range of professional organizations involved in training and organizing tournaments.
World-Class Sports Stadiums
Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium is dedicated to football and soccer and is the home to NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NCAA's South Florida Bulls. With a capacity to accommodate over 75,000, the stadium proudly hosts some of the most important annual tournaments like the annual Outback Bowl and the Superbowl of Motorsports monster truck event. Heralded as the crown jewel of the NFL, the highlights of the stadium are its wide video screens, total ADA compliance, and an attractive replica of a pirate ship.
Since 1998, St. Petersburg’s Tropicana field is the principal base of The Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). With 1.1 million square feet area, the field was the first to introduce artificial turf. The dome roof of the stadium is the second largest cable supported dome roof. With a capacity of about 43,500 people, the stadium hosts a range of 16 other sports other than baseball.
Amalie Arena is the home for Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. It has a capacity of 19,500 for hockey and 21,500 for center-staged events. World-class music events, concerts and skating are scheduled here.
With a capacity to house 8,500 spectators, Spectrum Field is a baseball stadium at Clearwater. This is the spring training base for the Philadelphia Phillies and the home for the Class A Florida State League Clearwater Threshers.
Swimming and Sailing
Clearwater boasts some highly sophisticated aquatic training and swimming facilities like The Long Center, North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex, Morningside Pool, Clearwater Beach Family Aquatic Center, and Ross Norton Complex. These locations provide pools for public and private parties. In addition, some of the expert local pool teams and the Clearwater Aquatic Team (CAT) offer basic swimming training, to training in advanced skills for competitive swimming. Several competitions in swimming and diving are conducted throughout the year.
For those with a passion for sailing, Clearwater Community Sailing Center provides exciting opportunities. Sailing boats, facilities and sail instruction are available on pay and use basis or for annual and seasonal memberships at affordable rates.
The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Clearwater provides diversified recreation and tournaments to different age groups. During the fall and spring league seasons, three Little League Programs are let open to children between 5 to 18 years of age. The Clearwater Challenger Little League offers special programs for disabled children. Another reputed baseball organization is Countryside Little League operating from the Countryside Community Park. Teams and individuals can join seasonal and recreational leagues anytime in a year.
Some of the well equipped and famous basketball leagues of the city are Clearwater Green Wave, and Sun Coast Youth Foundation Inc., Green Wave is the largest AAU basketball program in Florida fielding eight different age level teams through open try-outs each year.
Somewhat similar to the traditional golf, disc golf is a popular sport. The annual Moccasin Lake Open, one of the top 10 tour tournaments of the U.S. is hosted here. The two exciting disc golf courses at the city are City Courses at Cliff Stephens Park, and NE Coachman Park at Old Coachman Road. Also, Tampa Bay Disc Sports Club is committed to the cause of popularizing disc golf offering training and facilities to its members.
Clearwater Chargers Soccer Club offers both competitive and recreational youth soccer programs. The club fields various teams throughout the year. In addition, the Countryside Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) operates through the Countryside Lightning Soccer Club and offers quality coaching at different skill levels for members below 19. As the biggest provider of social sport league in the area, Tampa Bay Club Sport offers a wide variety of sporting events amidst wonderful atmosphere all through the year. One another reputed soccer club is Mexican League – Liga Mexicana.
Clearwater hosts a range of opportunities for various age groups. McMullen’s Junior Tennis programs provide a four-week competitive training for ages 13 through 18, besides a program for children aged 4 through 7 called Tiny Tots with free match play and practice on Fridays. The program for ages 8 through 18 is called Junior Development. The various tennis programs available for adults are Private lessons, Back to Basics Clinic, Dynamic Doubles Clinic, Wanna Workout Clinic, USA Tennis 1-2-3, and Tennis Lessons. Most interestingly, 17 parks of the Clearwater city have tennis courts.
The Pinellas Heat Elite club is a reputed organization in the area dedicated to developing young athletes with quality instruction with the help of certified coaches.
Track and field events
The area is also known for its running events, both for fun and for charity. The Turkey Trot is one example of an annual field and track event hosted on Thanksgiving Day with three special events namely 1 mile Gobbler, 5K Wing Ding, or the 10K Turkey Trot. Blazin' Ravens Track Club is a popular sports club at Clearwater exclusively involved in training and conducting tournaments in various track and field events both for beginners and experienced players.