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TROPICS ANNOUNCE INAUGURAL SEASON SCHEDULE

Lakeland, FL – The final schedule for the Tropics inaugural season in the Major Arena Soccer League has been officially released. The Tropics home opener is set for Friday, November 11th, 2016 against the San Diego Sockers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35pm. The Tropics will play a total of 20 games, 10 home and 10 away, spanning from November 11th, through February 26th.
A double header has been scheduled for one of the eight home weekends against future division rivals Syracuse Silver Knights. The Tropics will also have a weekend in mid-January where they play two games in three days, against what will likely become a division rival, the St. Louis Ambush.In addition to the Silver Knights and Ambush, the Tropics will play home games against the other two teams in the eastern division, Baltimore and Harrisburg, as well as the Midwest division Dallas Sidekicks and the Kansas City Comets.

On the road the team will have double headers for three of the five away trips, with one of the trips at the end of the season consisting of three games in three days. In addition to the eastern division teams, the Tropics will also play the Cedar Rapids Rampage, Kansas City Comets, and St. Louis Ambush on the road. The regular season will conclude on the road against the Syracuse Silver Knights on February 26th.

“I am excited to play some of these historic franchises in our inaugural season. This is a very competitive league that is going to be tough right from the start. I believe we have the players and coaching staff in place to make a playoff run and be a serious contender for the MASL championship. I look forward to hosting these teams here in Central Florida, and making the Lakeland Center one of the toughest places to play in the league. We can’t wait for November 11th, and hope the fans are just as excited to be a part of this historic event,” said Tropics CEO and Owner Andrew Haines.

You can view the Tropics full schedule here (Home games in bold):
Friday November 11th vs San Diego Sockers 7:35pm
Friday November 18th AT Baltimore Blast 7:35pm
Friday November 25th AT Harrisburg Heat 7:35pm
Saturday November 26th AT Syracuse Silver Knights 7:00pm
Saturday December 3rd vs Baltimore Blast 7:05pm
Friday December 9th AT St. Louis Ambush 8:35pm
Saturday December 10th AT Baltimore Blast 7:35pm
Saturday December 17th vs Kansas City Comets 7:05pm
Friday December 30th AT Kansas City Comets 7:05pm
Saturday December 31st AT Cedar Rapids Rampage 7:05pm
Friday January 6th vs Dallas Sidekicks 7:35pm
Friday January 13th vs St. Louis Ambush 7:35pm
Sunday January 15th vs St. Louis Ambush 5:35pm
Friday January 27th vs Kansas City Comets 7:05pm
Saturday February 4th vs Harrisburg Heat 7:05pm
Saturday February 11th vs Syracuse Silver Knights 7:05pm
Sunday February 12th vs Syracuse Silver Knights 5:35pm
Friday February 24th AT Harrisburg Heat 7:35pm
Saturday February 25th AT Harrisburg Heat 7:05pm
Sunday February 26th AT Syracuse Silver Knights 4:00pm

You can still purchase season tickets to catch all the action by calling the team’s front office at 863-333-5353. Group ticket deposits can also be placed now, with prices starting at just $13.50 a game for groups of 15 or more. Single game tickets will go on sale closer to the start of the season. To stay up to date with the teams information, be sure to like our facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/FLTropics.

About Florida Tropics SC: Florida Tropics SC is a professional indoor soccer team that will begin play in November of 2016 at the Lakeland Center. The team will play at the highest level of professional indoor soccer in North America. To stay up to date on team information, player signings and special offers, “Like” the teams Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/FLTropics). For more information visit http://www.FLTropics.com. To purchase tickets, call 863-333-5353, or visit Store.FLTropics.com

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TROPICS CEO ANDREW HAINES NOMINATED FOR POLK COUTY AWARD

Lakeland, FL – The annual Polk Emerging Leaders Award Ceremony was held yesterday at the Bartow Civic Center. Tropics CEO and Owner Andrew Haines received a nomination for the award after being in the community for less then a year. Haines now serves on two non-profit boards, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity, and has participated in over 30 community events since the Tropics were announced.

“It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award. Each and every one of the nominees is a leader within the community, and to be viewed among one of them is truly an honor. It is my goal to give everything I can back to this community. I am very thankful to be considered for this award, and look forward to what our organization can accomplish in continuing to build the sense of community throughout Polk County”.

Amongst Haines were 15 other nominees from companies across the county, all of which have proven to be leaders amongst their business and community. The full list of nominees included the following:

Amy Palmer – City of Auburndale
Andrew Haines – Florida Tropic SC & Central Florida Sports Ventures
Andy McEntire – Indie Atlantic Films
Betsy Cleveland – Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce
Brandie Gogel – Polk County School Board
Billie Hutto – P & J’s Recreation
Cari Herrington – All About Aging, LLC
Chad Tagtow – Citizens Bank & Trust
Clifford Parody – Journalist
Clint Edwards – Tom Edwards Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Danielle Baker – GEICO Insurance
Derek Oxford – CPS Investment Advisors
Erica Lupercio – Posto 9
Greta Dupuy – Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Hollie Hill – Perfect Form Wellness
Jorge Giraldo – Senior Helpers
Jude Dauphin – Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center
Kara Simm – MAXHome Inspections
Kathryn Bevilacqua – Madden Brand Agency
Kristen Hathcock – Denison Middle School
Lyndsey Ladewig – Gadd Case & Associates
Merissa Green – City of Auburndale
Michael Ehlenbeck – CPS Investment Advisors
Ronald Shell – Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club
Sarah Petty – Grace Manor Suites of Lakeland
Sarah Powers – Top Buttons, Inc.
Sha’Kia Young – Data B.I.T.S LLC
Stacy Walsh – YMCA of West Central Florida
Stuart McCutcheon – Haines City Fire Department
Tiffani Gozdur – Citizens Bank & Trust

Congratulations to the award nominees and recipients!

About Florida Tropics SC: Florida Tropics SC is a professional indoor soccer team that will begin play in November of 2016 at the Lakeland Center. The team will play at the highest level of professional indoor soccer in North America. To stay up to date on team information, player signings and special offers, “Like” the teams Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/FLTropics). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 863-333-5353 or visit Store.FLTropics.com.