|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Football||(NFL) - NFC||Raymond James Stadium|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Hockey||(NHL) - Eastern Conf.||St. Pete Times Forum|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Baseball||(MLB) - AL||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg|
|Tampa Bay Storm||Arena Football||(AFL)||St. Pete Times Forum|
Tampa is represented by teams in four major professional sports. Three play in Tampa proper, while the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball play across the bay in St. Petersburg. All of the teams are considered to represent the entire Tampa Bay metropolitan area.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the area's first major franchise in 1976, and brought the area its first major sports championship at the end of the 2002 season, winning Super Bowl XXXVII.
The NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning were established in 1991, and currently play their games in the St. Pete Times Forum. The team won their first Stanley Cup championship at the end of the 2003-2004 NHL season.
The Tampa Bay Rays began play in 1998, and have yet to be a major contender - finishing last in the American League's East Division in seven of the eight seasons they have played.
The Tampa Bay Storm play in the lesser-known Arena Football League. Originally playing in Pittsburgh, the team moved to Tampa in 1991. The Storm won their first Arena Bowl championship in 1991, and have won four subsequent championships in 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2003. Since the relocation, the Storm have qualified for the playoffs every season. Since 1997, the team has played its home games in the St. Pete Times Forum, which is located in Tampa.
College sports teams include:
- NCAA Football, Div.1, Big East : The University of South Florida Bulls: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
- NCAA Basketball, Div. 1, Big East: The University of South Florida Bulls: The Sun Dome in Tampa
- The NCAA football Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium is held in Tampa each January.
- Four Superbowls have been held in Tampa; who will also be hosting the Superbowl in 2009