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2024 TROPICAL 7s VENUE NEWS

With the 2024 TROPICAL 7s only a couple of weeks away, we are highlighting a number of upgrades we will be making to our venue, the Tampa Sportsplex, for this year's tournament. These include a new stage, a new vendor pavilion, a reconfigured tournament plaza, as well as the use of all 15 fields and the venue's floodlights for the first time at the tournament.


Work on the new vendor pavilion in the main tournament plaza (which was in mid-construction last year) is now complete. The new building will accommodate the tournament merchandise store by our Official Rugby Apparel and Equipment Partner, ITZ Rugby, allowing for a more appealing shopping experience. The new vendor pavilion will also house a dedicated tournament welcome and team registration desk, a new ice sales point as well as five additional vendor booths which have all been allocated to tournament vendors.


For 2024, the TROPICAL 7s will utilise all 15 fields at the Tampa Sportplex with 13 fields allocated to matches, including a dedicated mini-pitch for the U12 competition, and 2 team warm-up/reserve fields. We will also be utilising the venue’s LED floodlights for the first time now that evening matches have been introduced for this year’s tournament.


A newly configured tournament plaza will allow for a more effective use of space, including a revised match results area as well as the addition of a new dedicated stage which will be used for trophy awards, music and partner giveaways, featuring Tampa’s very own DJ/MC - Manny Medina!


The cool misting area returns to help cool players and spectators down! This year, it will run in conjunction with new tournament partner, Banana Boat Sunscreen, so be sure to stop by and get your chance to win a 'bunch' of cool giveaways. We have also added a recruiter's ‘row’ placing all our official recruiter's promotional tents together, making speaking with potential recruiters a lot easier, as well as, activation areas for other tournament partners.


The Sportsplex benefits from having 800 parking spaces directly on-site and another 500 parking spaces at overflow parking lots within walking distance of the fields. Demand for parking is expected to be very high and needs to be pre-booked on both tournament days. Further details about parking, including how to pre-book can be found on our dedicated parking page HERE.


The venue has also recently installed a backup generator in case of electrical failure, which will ensure that the site will still be fully operational in the rare event of a loss of power.

Since 2022, the TROPICAL 7s has taken place at the stunning Tampa Sportsplex in the sunshine state of Florida, USA. Built in 2019, the Tampa Sportsplex is an elite-level sports facility located just a 10-minute drive from downtown Tampa, a 20-minute drive from Tampa International Airport, and less than an hour's drive to Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches.


The 2024 TROPICAL 7s is being held on 29-30 March 2024 (Fri/Sat of Easter weekend) at the Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay in Florida, USA.


Full details at www.tropical7s.com.








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