What’s happening in Tampa Bay sports: Florida State Fairgrounds rodeo, Global Climbing Day

The University of Florida Gators kick off the college football season against the Miami Hurricanes, too.
Published August 21

RODEO: Wild West Show

The annual Wild West Show from the Gus Trent Horse Ranch in Plant City returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds. The rodeo offers a test of the Wild West with bull riding, barrel racing, four-horse relay racing, mounted shooting and mutton busting — children riding sheep. $15. 5 p.m. Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (412) 592-6916.

CLIMBING: Get ready to rock

To mark Global Climbing Day, first-time visitors to Vertical Ventures in Tampa and St. Petersburg can experience rock climbing. There will be entertainment, raffle prizes and more, depending on the location. Free. Because of space limitations, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. First-time climbers can complete a waiver online at verticalventures.com to expedite check-in. 2 p.m. Saturday. Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym, 5402 Pioneer Park Blvd., Tampa, (813) 884-7625; and 116 18th St. S, St. Petersburg, (727) 304-6290.


Gators: College football kicks off its opening weekend with the University of Florida Gators hosting the Miami Hurricanes at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The game that should give us a good read on the teams under second-year coach Dan Mullen (UF) and first-year man Manny Diaz (UM). 7 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPN.

Bucs: The Cleveland Browns visit Raymond James Stadium for Game 3 of preseason play. If there’s one thing we know about this Tampa Bay team, it’s that Matt Gay is the likely kicker. Maybe this game will bring other things into focus. $40 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Toll-free 1-866-582-2827. TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 95.3-FM.

Rays: While the Tampa Bay Rays are in Baltimore playing the Orioles, join the Rays Street Team to watch the game on the beach with giveaways and live music after the game. Free. 1:05 p.m. Sunday. TradeWinds Island Resorts, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Toll-free 1-877-444-7297.