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No green lights on SunTrust building



"Project Greenlight" looks like a no-go for Friday night.

Bulls fans on message boards, remembering how Rutgers got the Empire State Building illuminated in red for an ESPN home football game last fall, brought up the possibility of illuminating one of the tallest buildings in Tampa's skyline for Friday's USF-West Virginia game, due for national broadcast on ESPN2. The movement got some legs, with USF officials, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau getting involved, but it appears the short timeframe isn't conducive to a green glow downtime.

"It's not going to happen," said Vanessa Roa, assistant to the property manager for the SunTrust Financial Centre, the 36-story building in downtown Tampa. "It's just a little bit of late notice."

Roa said she wasn't contacted until Friday about the possibility of lighting up the building, and such a request typically takes about four weeks to get the proper colored gels to put over external lights on the building. The cost of such a makeover is about $4,000, she said, though the logistical problems of getting the lights in time for Friday's game kept discussions from getting to the point of payment.

-- Demand for USF-West Virginia tickets continues to be high. An eBay auction for three club seats on the 45-yard line went for $635, and a pair of front-row seats were bidding at $215 on Tuesday morning.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:39am]


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