Under Armour All-American Game leaves the Trop
One of the nation’s top high school football showcases is leaving St. Petersburg.
The Under Armour All-American Game, held at Tropicana Field the past six years, is moving to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The game is Jan. 2.
“We had an incredible run at the Trop and love working with the folks there,” Intersport Vice President of Properties Drew Russell said. “We just wanted to explore another option with a more traditional football venue."
ESPN airs the games, which routinely draw more than 20,000 fans. The last game set an attendance record of 25,461.
The event features some of the nation's top high school senior recruits. The Under Armour Game and U.S. Army All-American Bowl, played in San Antonio, compete for the country's top prospects.
The Citrus Bowl was the site for the first two UA games in 2008 and '09. Practices the week leading up the game are held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
The 2016 game will be held a day after the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Russell said because the venue now has a turf field, it's an easy turnaround.
“The game was originally held at the Citrus Bowl, but we had to move out necessity because of renovations. Now that the renovations with the Citrus Bowl are complete, we wanted to give it another try,” Russell said.
"...It works because the players already stay and practice in the Orlando area.”
Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig-Myers and Pasco ATH Jayvaughn Myers are among the locals on the 2016 UA roster.