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St. Petersburg Set To Host NCAA Basketball Event in the Jersey Mike's Classic Presented By Visit St Pete/Clearwater

Sep 23rd 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (September 22, 2021) – Van Wagner and Superior Sports in a joint partnership with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater announce the inaugural Jersey Mike’s Classic presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

The three day event will be hosted on the campus of beautiful Eckerd College sitting on the southern tip of St. Pete, nestled on the water between Boca Ciega and Tampa Bay. All games will be played in St. Pete, November 18, 19 and 20 the weekend prior to Thanksgiving Week.

UNC Greensboro , fresh off their conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance where they took ACC Champion, Florida State, to the wire in the 2nd round, join UMass, Weber State, Ball State, FIU and Wisconsin Green Bay to make up the field for the first year of the Jersey Mike’s Classic presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

St. Petersburg, nicknamed the “Sunshine City” for averaging 361 days of sunshine annually. Sunshine City offers a vibrant mix of tropical weather, arts and culture, shopping, dining, sports and outdoor recreation along a stunning shoreline featuring TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked beach in the United States for 2021, St. Pete Beach. St. Pete attracts tourists from across the country and beyond and is excited to continue to welcome sports fans and visitors dating back to the birthplace of spring training for MLB as far back as 1914.

We are thrilled to host the inaugural Jersey Mike’s Classic presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater. We are pleased and are honored to partner with US Eckerd College and look forward to hosting the teams and fans in our world-class destination” states Tim Ramsberger, Chief Operating Officer, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

The basketball action tips off Thursday, November 18 with the six-team Jersey Mike’s Classic. The field focused strictly on mid-major NCAA programs giving them an opportunity for quality non-conference match-ups on a neutral floor in a prime location. The three day field of match-ups are:

Thursday, Nov 18

3:00pm Green Bay vs UNC Greensboro

5:30pm UMass vs Weber State

8:00pm Ball State vs FIU


Friday, Nov. 19

3:00pm UNC Greensboro vs UMass

5:30pm Weber State vs Ball State

8:00pm FIU vs Green Bay


Sunday, Nov. 21

Noon Green Bay vs Weber State

2:30pm Ball State vs UMass

5:00pm UNC Greensboro vs FIU

Ticket Information

Tournament tickets and passes are now on-sale. Tickets are available for three (3) day pass and for single day tickets. To receive the latest email alerts regarding tournament news, ticket information and more, visit our website at www.jerseymikesclassic.com.

Fans can follow, like and interact on social media at @jamaica_classic and using hashtag #JerseyMikesClassic2021

About Superior Sports Management

Superior Sports Management (SSM) is a Florida based sporting event organizer who creates and promotes world-class events in top locations globally. With a team of former coaches and sports business leaders who understand sports and sport tourism, SSM has created destination basketball tours, pre-season basketball tournaments and stand-alone games in the Caribbean, Europe and across the United States.

About Van Wagner Van Wagner, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC, creates, advises, and sells on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, Van Wagner is a global leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and the highest levels of international soccer, sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, college multi-media rights, and in-venue content production at the world’s biggest sporting events. www.vanwagner.com.

About Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

World-class beaches packed with culture and adventure await in St. Pete/Clearwater, the jewel of Florida’s Gulf coast. Situated on a sun-drenched peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa Bay, the area has received more than 30 awards in the past decade for its pristine white-sand beaches, including two St. Pete/Clearwater beaches in the Top 10 on TripAdvisor’s 2021 Best Beaches in the U.S. – No. 1, St. Pete. Culture shines here too, from institutions like St. Pete’s Dalí Museum, housing the largest collection of the famed surrealist’s works outside Spain, to a burgeoning street art scene that’s drawing international acclaim. The vibe is alive in St. Pete/Clearwater. Start planning your next vacation at VisitStPeteClearwater.com. #LiveAmplified

Media Contacts:

Van Wagner: Julius Grant jgrant@vanwagner.com or 704.277.4212

Superior Sports: Jacob Ridenhour jacob@jamaicaclassic.com or 205.907.7665