Deal Establishes Travel Destination As A Preseason Training Camp Site & Official Marketing Partner Of The New York Red Bulls
Harrison, NJ (January 9, 2018) – The New York Red Bulls announced today an official partnership with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, an exclusive travel destination. As part of the deal, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater will host the New York Red Bulls for a two-week training camp in 2018 taking place Jan. 22 – Feb. 3, 2018 at the Oldsmar Sports Complex in Oldsmar, Florida.
The deal signifies the third MLS club (DC United and Philadelphia Union) training in Pinellas County, FL. The partnership will include the use of facilities that will undergo extensive renovations on the pitches of the Oldsmar Sports Complex. The world-class Oldsmar Sports Complex is also home to the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Facility and Track – one of the 10 in the world – where BMX riders train and compete.
During the 2018 season, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater will be an Official Marketing Partner of the New York Red Bulls with a Fireworks Night at Red Bull Arena and the Game Time Temperature.
“As the leader of sports and events programming for Pinellas County, we are thrilled and honored to be hosting the New York Red Bulls,” said Tim Ramsberger, Chief Operating Officer, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. “Associating with such a strong brand demonstrates our commitment to helping promote our wonderful destination.”
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater," said Marc de Grandpre, General Manager, New York Red Bulls. "Our entire technical staff and players look forward to spending a crucial two weeks training at the refurbished Oldsmar Sports Complex this upcoming season and hopefully for years to come."
“We are certainly thrilled to welcome the Red Bulls and their fans to our distinct sports town,” stated Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis. “This is an important development for Oldsmar as we continue to bring diverse usage opportunities to the Oldsmar Sports Complex.”
About New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls are one of 23 teams in Major League Soccer (MLS). They are one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its founding in 1996. They currently play home matches at Red Bull Arena (RBA) in Harrison, New Jersey. RBA, a state-of-the-art 25,000-seat stadium, is widely regarded as the top soccer-specific stadium in North America. The club is owned by the Austrian beverage company Red Bull GmbH for which the team is named.
The New York Red Bulls offer one of the nation's premier youth soccer development programs. The club provides grassroots training programs to all ages and skill levels, and also offers elite players a pathway from those programs to the Regional Development School, then on to the academy teams and, ultimately, to the Red Bulls professional team.
About St. Pete/Clearwater
Situated on a sun-drenched peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater is the most popular destination on the Gulf of Mexico with 35 miles of white-sand beaches, and 361 average number of sunny days per year. Affirming the area’s growing reputation as a top international destination, The New York Times listed St. Pete in its ranking of Top 52 Best Places to Visit, in the company of the world’s most “vibrant cities and spectacular coastlines, unexpected sports and new attractions.” A big reason why is St. Pete’s cultural scene that’s made up of the Dali Museum, Chihuly Collection and more than 80 urban murals.
For the fourth year in a row, St. Pete/Clearwater garnered more recognition than any other Florida destination on TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards of Top 25 U.S. Beaches. Two area beaches made the coveted list, which is determined by more than 25 million TripAdvisor user reviews. Making the honored list this year were local favorites St. Pete Beach at No. 3 and Clearwater Beach at No. 4.