The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) just awarded The Lakeland Center as host site of the state wrestling tournmanet for the next three years. Upon reviewing proposals submitted by several venues, The Lakeland Center was granted the contract after receiving the highest scores based on quality of the facility, experience, volunteer staff, financial considerations and other proposal criteria.
Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields had this to offer in congratulations to The Lakeland Center and their partner Polk County Sports Marketing, “The City of Lakeland is proud to once again serve as the host venue for this prestigious state sporting tournament. We thank the FHSAA for providing our fine city with the remarkable opportunity to accommodate the FHSAA’s athletes, their families and fans for another exciting three years of tournaments. Our appreciation also extends to the talented staff of Polk County Sports Marketing, under the vision and direction of Executive Director Mark Jackson, for their ongoing financial support and assistance in the preparations of our winning bid documents. We look forward to another three years of state wrestling tournaments and the support of our valued Championship Committee sponsors.”
The Lakeland Center has hosted FHSAA events for more than three decades providing a superior venue for these prestigious state level tournaments. Contestants travel from all points of Florida’s peninsula to compete in the championship tournament and stay in the region for several days providing millions of dollars in economic impact. Teams are encouraged to bring not only contestants but family and friends to enjoy our area’s accommodations, dining and shopping attractions.
The Championship Committee comprised of over 30 local leaders is responsible for tournament operations and are instrumental in assisting with sponsorship funding. The tournaments are generously supported by platinum sponsors Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, Publix Supermarkets and The Ledger Media Group. In addition to the platinum Championship Committee Sponsors, more than 20 other proud local businesses provide vital financial support through their gold, silver and bronze sponsorships.
The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. Located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street, The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and two hours prior to most events. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863)834-8111 or to charge by phone 800-745-3000. Additional information is available at our website at www.thelakelandcenter.com.