Last year the Tampa Bay Times Forum has reinvented itself with over $40 million in improvements that have clearly revolutionized the industry.
With a wide array of venues spread throughout the United States, it can be difficult to find one that distinguishes itself from the others. That is not the case with the newly transformed Tampa Bay Times Forum, Florida’s premier entertainment venue and home of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and Five-Time Arena Football Champion Tampa Bay Storm.
Boasting unique features like lightning-throwing Tesla coils, an 11,000 square-foot Bud Light party deck with incredible views of the city and a massive five-manual, 105-rank digital pipe organ, the Tampa Bay Times Forum consistently ranks among the very best venues in the United States. The best part? This is only the beginning.
A new era in Tampa Bay has arrived and it’s time you be a part of it. Our owners are committed to providing fans with a world-class experience at every game, concert and event. Look for new updates here as more renovations continue to be completed.
Digital Pipe Organ
The new digital pipe organ features five keyboards and 42 ranks of sounds, with a sound system comprised of 260 dedicated speakers.
Each of the building’s 69 suites has been completely reconstructed and finished with the most modern materials and technologies. With 20 suites less than 25 rows from the main floor, luxury seating options are in abundance for the most discriminating sports and entertainment fans.
Over 75,000 square feet covering the arena’s concourses, Promenade and Terrace level have been resurfaced and sealed.
Two hundred forty-two new sport lights have been installed to increase our game night lighting by doubling our foot-candle levels, exceeding all NHL standards and enhancing HD broadcasts for all events.
The Bud Light Outdoor Party Deck located on the 300 level/Terrace level offers 10,000 square feet of gorgeous, unobstructed views of downtown Tampa. In addition to the views, the deck has five new concession stands and beverage bars with 10 new points of sale available to all arena guests.
Top to Bottom Luxury
Sixty-nine luxury suites have been enlarged with slick cool-to-touch in-counter stove burners and flat screen TVs.
To help enlarge our Executive Suites, 72 restrooms have been removed and replaced with eight exclusive hallway restrooms.
Seven new motorized Mac 3 theatrical lights bring a premier feel to every event.
New Digital Signs
New Daktronics LED digital signs with 360-degree views. A total of 14 new LED displays offer up 1.7 million square pixels for pure viewing pleasure.
The Tampa Bay Times Forum main restaurants have been transformed into one grand 9,000-square-foot dining experience called The Firestick Grill. The kitchen was replaced with four ovens, one broiler, 10 prep stations, three refrigerators and a 320-square-foot freezer.
Powered by the People
Approximately 1,250 men and women worked non-stop on the arena transformation over four months. That’s over 175,000 hours on the job site. A total of 35 contractors have been utilized on-site at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Eighty-five percent of the costs for the transformation have been paid to Florida firms for labor or products also supplied by Florida firms.
No Financial Burden to the Community
The $40 million in renovations to the publicly owned Tampa Bay Times Forum were privately funded. No financial burden was placed on the community.