By The Numbers: Two Tampa Icons Near Record-Breaking Milestones


The city of Tampa has been the recipient of a lot of buzz as of late. It’s not just on the local level either. Tampa is becoming a go-to destination for art, food and entertainment enthusiasts. Our fine mix of rich history and contemporary amenities make Tampa a premier destination to live, work and play.

Amalie ranks as one of the top venues in the country and world

Two local institutions that have helped elevate our reputation are currently reaping the rewards for their efforts.

Amalie Arena is best known as the home of the always exhilarating Tampa Bay Lightning. The venue also plays host to music legends and current stars like Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Lady GaGa, John Mayer, Lorde, Santana, Fall Out Boy and Kendrick Lamar.

Beyond music, Amalie has also serves as a venue for top comedians like Amy Schumer and Jim Gaffigan. In the coming months it will be transformed into a Monster Jam arena. In the spring, Amalie will trade ice for hardwood when the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament head to Tampa.

TPA could surpass passenger record in 2017

Amalie even plans to host WWE’s Summerslam Heatwave Tour. No matter your interests, the concert/events venue has a show for you. This explains why Amalie ranked as the #3 venue in the US, and #15 venue in the world by Pollstar, the concert industry’s leading business trade publication. Rankings were based on worldwide ticket sales for concerts, events and family shows.

Amalie isn’t the only spot putting up impressive numbers. Tampa International Airport is on the cusp of breaking its all-time passenger record. The airport is currently on pace to serve 19.5 million passengers in 2017, surpassing the previous record of 19.3 million in 2007. This past spring, TPA broke its spring break passenger record. Between March and April 2017, 3.8 million passengers passed through its terminals.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me