Will our region’s new status as “Champa Bay” change national perceptions of the area, now flush with success, that we call home? Or will we continue to be subjected to headlines such as “Excited Tampa Bay Residents Wish They Had An Actual City To Tear Apart.”
Granted, that’s from satirical newspaper The Onion, but it still stings a little bit, considering how far we’ve come as a metro area since 2009, when the Super Bowl was last played in Tampa. Residents and regular visitors know the truth, but what will it take to change our reputation beyond state lines? When the Super Bowl inevitably comes back to Tampa, will we once again see a spate of news stories referring to Tampa as the strip club capital of the world?