Downtown Tampa Grid Project

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The first phase of roadway and infrastructure improvements in southern downtown Tampa has begun. This is the first step in the phased development project undertaken by Strategic Property Partners (SPP), the joint venture of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment, LLC. SPP plans to create an urban, mixed-use waterfront development spanning over 50 acres consisting of office, residential, hotel, educational, entertainment, cultural and retail uses, totaling over $3 billion of investment.

These improvements will help create a functional street grid through southern downtown, linking downtown’s Channel District with the Central Business District. The work includes wide sidewalks and enhanced lighting which will become the foundation for the active streetscapes planned by the developer, Strategic Property Partners.

Over the next 18-24 months, periodic lane and road closures will be in effect. This page will update with information that directly affects Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm home games, and concerts and events at Amalie Arena. All fans are also encouraged to sign up for real-time updates from the project team.


  • Closure of Old Water Street between Channelside Drive and Brorein Street
    • Estimated reopening: September 2017 (weather permitting)
  • Closure of Caesar Street between Cumberland Avenue and Channelside Drive
    • Estimated reopening: December 2017 (weather permitting)

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Due to continuing improvements taking place around the arena, the parking circle at AMALIE Arena located off Channelside Drive will go under construction with limited use effective July 24, 2017. The parking circle is estimated to reopen in September 2017, weather permitting.

Beginning with Shawn Mendes’ “Illuminate World Tour” stop on July 25, new drop off and pickup procedures for ADA guests, limousines, and Uber will take effect.

For all concerts and events, ADA guests are still permitted to use the parking circle for drop offs and pickups. However, parking in the circle is not allowed, and vehicles must not be left unattended.

Drop off for limousines, buses and Uber rides will now occur in the westernmost lane of Jefferson Street, which reopened last week after construction was completed. Pickup procedures will remain the same. This new drop off location ensures that patrons needing drop off and pick up services are accommodated in a safe manner, without impeding pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Patrons are asked not to drop off on Channelside Drive.

On non-event days, patrons that would typically utilize the parking circle to visit the McDonald’s Ticket Office, Tampa Bay Sports Retail Store, Client Services or the Administration office are asked to park in the Brown Lot while the parking circle is under construction. Drop offs may occur in the parking circle on a limited basis, but no parking or unattended vehicles will be permitted in the parking circle during construction.

The maps below visualize the drop off area for buses, limousines and Uber off of Jefferson Street, as well as a map with the location of the Brown Lot.

Patrons with questions regarding this closure are asked to email [email protected]

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