St. Petersburg Times Changes Name

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s largest newspaper has a new name.

The St. Petersburg Times becomes the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday.

The downtown Tampa arena where the Tampa Bay Lightning play hockey also starts the new year with a new name. On Sunday, the St. Pete Times Forum becomes the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Newspaper officials announced the changes in November, saying the new name reflected the newspaper’s growth across the Tampa Bay region.

The St. Petersburg-based Poynter Institute for Media Studies remains the paper’s owner. Its free tabloid tbt(asterisk) will remain free and will be published as an edition of the Tampa Bay Times.