Loud music, smoky atmosphere, booze and your favorite singer on stage are all the makings of a great concert. Below are the concert venues in Tampa Bay. Know of one I missed? I want to know about it. Tell me about it here. This is part one of two to the list of concert venues in Tampa Bay.
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St. Pete Times Forum
The St. Pete Times Forum encompasses 670,000 square feet with three decks and seven separate levels. The building is 133 feet 10 inches in height and 493 feet in diameter. The innovative design of the St. Pete Times Forum provides for 19,758 seats for NHL games, 20,500 seats for Basketball games and up to 21,500 seats for concerts and center stage events. The St. Pete Times Forum brings in huge musical acts like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Carrie Underwood.
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Once a run-down courtyard venue in downtown St. Pete has been thoroughly overhauled and packed with amenities without sacrificing its rustic charm. Jannus Live’s capacity is 2,000. Although Jannus Live occassionally brings in big musical acts, they are mainly known for cover bands and lesser known bands.
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Built in 1917, The RITZ Ybor underwent a $2 million renovation to become Tampa's premier special events and concert venue. The venue boasts over 17,000SF, three distinct rooms, a grand foyer, full service bars and a state of the art lighting system. Located in the heart of historic Ybor City, The Ritz brings all acts from Indie groups to top billed artists. Since opening their doors on June 26, 2008, The RITZ Ybor has hosted high-profile events such as the 2009 Maxim Super Bowl Party, the annual Ken Walters' Celebrate Sinatra event, the annual Gorrie Gala and the BET Black Carpet Party.
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Located at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the Amphitheatre was renamed the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in a three year naming rights agreement that began in June of 2010. With a capacity of approximately 20,000, it is the largest outdoor concert-only facility in the Tampa Bay area. The venue is one of the few large concert venues that includes the parking price in the ticket admission for their events.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Hard Rock Café
Filled with memorabilia from celebrities past and present, the Hard Rock Café is not only a place that serves burgers, sandwiches and fajitas, it's also a museum. With its stage setup inside, it's a place to catch a show as well. Acts such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Soul Circus Cowboys and Blonde Ambition have taken to the stage. As time goes on Hard Rock Cafe plans to bring in bigger and better musical acts. For now cover bands, DJs, comedians and miscellaneous lesser known groups perform on the Hard Rock Cafe stage every week.
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Although mainly known for being the home of the Tampa Bay Rays and baseball games, Tropicana Field has also hosted many musical acts after games such as Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne and Miranda Lambert via the Rays Concert Series.
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Known mainly for Indie Bands, the State Theatre has a total capacity of 705. The venue is a non-smoking facility with four beverage bars, a merchandise room and a 24' X 17' stage.
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Skipper’s Smokehouse Restaurant has been opened more than 30 years. It began as a restaurant and later had a stage built in the "backyard" for musicians to entertain patrons. This outdoor venue hosts shows that are played rain or shine. Unless otherwise noted, all shows at Skipper's are 21 and up. The live music venue sits under huge nundred-year-old oaks. Accordingly, locals have fondly dubbed the backyard concert area the Skipperdome. Seating is provided via a collection of benches, chairs and picnic tables while a large covered tiki deck offers shelter from the summer and winter extremes.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Home to the University of South Florida basketball men and women's teams, the Sundome is also a concert venue when games aren't scheduled. The venue is still undergoing an extensive renovation but when it reopens will resume hosting concerts.
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