Tampa's bastion for entertainment and culture will soon evolve into much more than a spot to catch a concert/theater performance/standup set. The potentially $100 million project will integrate the environment, the community and the performing arts. The finished plan will allow the Straz Center to position itself in Mayor Buckhorn's InVision Plan.
The plan was approved by the Straz Center board and presented to the city and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn for approval. A feasability study is underway and should take a few months to complete. call for the creation of a Grand Terrace that flows to the river front, expanding the Patel Conservatory, reinventing and enlarging the Silbiger Lobby in Morsani Hall and adding a multi-purpose events center to accommodate growth in food and beverage, education and artistic programming – all while establishing The Straz as a model for diversity and inclusion that supports the arts and audiences across communities and cultures in Tampa and beyond.
The Straz Center has already expanded its programming with the addition of the Tampa Riverwalk. On select Saturdays residents can enjoy free live concerts outside put on by local musicians. The reveal also underscores Tampa's commitment to creating a more connected city. The introduction of the Pirate Water Taxi, which makes stops at Harbour and Davis Islands, Bayshore Boulevard, Amalie Arena, the Tampa Convention Center and other select spots long the growing Riverwalk, has allowed the burgeoning city of Tampa to become far easier and more convenient to navigate.
While you wait for the vision to become a reality you can enchant yourself with the extraordinary lineup of shows coming to the Straz Center. Actor/comedian Joel McHale, True Detective Season 2 scene-stealing artist Lera Lynn, verteran comic and former star of the cult TV hit Arrested Development David Cross and others will soon grace the stage. Click HERE to see the full lineup.