Mar 23, 2016

USF SUN DOME WINS RIVALRY CLOTHING DRIVE AGAINST CFE ARENA WITH OVER 1,400 ARTICLES OF CLOTHING COLLECTED

Spectra Venue Management, operators of two American Athletic Conference (AAC) venues in the state of Florida, the USF Sun Dome at the University of South Florida (USF) and the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida (UCF), launched a friendly clothing drive competition between the two university arenas to coincide with their rivalry Men’s and Women’s basketball games.

The initiative was to collect new or gently used clothing for the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless within the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas.

Both the USF Sun Dome and the CFE Arena competed in separate clothing drives to see which venue could collect the most donations by encouraging fans, students, and staff to contribute to this great cause.

The USF Sun Dome partnered with Metropolitan Ministries and collected 1,481 articles of clothing, beating CFE Arena!

Over 2,000 articles of clothing were collected for the homeless between the two venues.

The “Rivals on the Court, Partners in the Community” rivalry competition began last year between the two arenas, in which both venues partnered with OneBlood in a friendly Blood Drive Battle.

“This is the second year both venues have held a friendly competition that benefited a great cause while also adding an extra element to this great in-state rivalry,” says Spectra’s Trent Merritt, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the USF Sun Dome. “We thank our friends at CFE Arena for partnering with us on this initiative and to all of those who donated clothes at both arenas. Community involvement is one of the pillars of success for Spectra, and this is a great example of how we find creative ways to align our business, our partners, and our community.”

The USF Sun Dome collected clothes during USF’s Women’s basketball game against UCF on Tuesday, January 5th and during the Men’s USF vs. UCF basketball game on Wednesday, January 20th.

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