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Name that bird! TPA launches contest to name its famous flamingo sculpture

One winner will win bragging rights and phenomenal prizes from Silver Airways and Busch Gardens in our Name The Flamingo Contest.

Name the Flamingo Contest

Tampa International Airport’s flamingo needs no introduction, but it does need a name. Now, the Airport is offering one lucky winner the chance to name the iconic bird.

The 21-foot flamingo, located in the Main Terminal, has become a meeting point and photo destination for travelers, tourists and locals alike. This colorful, floor-to-ceiling sculpture created by artist Matthew Mazzotta is hard to miss.

While the formal title of the art piece is “HOME,” the artist and TPA agreed the flamingo needs a name – and to let you choose what that name will be in a Name The Flamingo Contest.

Along with christening TPA’s fabulous feathered friend, the winner of the free Name The Flamingo Contest will win some stellar prizes:

  • 4 nonstop, roundtrip tickets for themselves and 3 companions on Silver Airways
  • A VIP Experience package to Busch Gardens, including 4 single-day admission tickets, 4 All Day-Dining passes, 4 Quick Queue Unlimited passes, and preferred parking
  • A chance to bask in the limelight at a reveal event for the new name in TPA’s Main Terminal

How does the contest work? Beginning Tuesday, November 29, the public is invited to submit suggestions for the flamingo’s name at www.NameTheFlamingo.com.

The entry period will run for one week, until Tuesday, December 6, with one entry allowed per person. Contest participants will be asked to briefly explain on the online form why they chose the name they are submitting.

After the contest closes, the Airport will select the top three names. The public will then have a chance to pick their favorite at www.NameTheFlamingo.com beginning late December. The winning name will be revealed on TPA's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Background: Construction on “HOME” was completed earlier this year, with metal panels and lighting attached to the ceiling as part of the artwork. This gives the illusion of being underwater while looking up at the flamingo. This iconic sculpture has garnered international attention and was built after being chosen among more than 700 art proposals submitted from around the world.

Contest details and the name entry form is at www.NameTheFlamingo.com

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