Tampa skyline will be green and gold
Special USF colors for Tampa's skyline will get the green light for Friday night after all.
As No. 18 USF plays host to No. 5 West Virginia before a national ESPN2 audience Friday night, the 36-story SunTrust Financial Centre in downtown Tampa will be illuminated in USF's school colors of green and gold, an official for the company that manages the building confirmed Wednesday.
"We're good community partners and we want to be able to participate in a positive manner," said Nancy Brusher, vice president of marketing for Stiles Corporation, which owns the building. "It's a good thing for the building, a good thing for the college and good for us as well."
An assistant to the property manager had told the Times on Tuesday that the request for special colored gels came in too late for the building to display USF's colors. Brusher said a decision wasn't made until Wednesday, with the gels being flown in from New York and expected to arrive Thursday. Brusher said the cost of the lights, said Tuesday to be approximately $4,000, would be incurred by Fort Lauderdale-based Stiles Corporation.