RENDERINGS Tampa Convention Center undergoing $38 million renovation

Rendering of a convention center. A glass facade faces a long riverwalk.

Major capital improvements are underway at the Tampa Convention Center — and it’s the venue’s largest renovation project in history. This $38 million Capital Improvement Plan is intended to create a better customer experience, increased efficiency, and cost savings. 

Tampa Riverwalk revelers may have noticed a new detour as they head toward the Sparkman Wharf area. Though that diversion lets you walk through the Lights on Tampa installation at the Franklin Street tunnel.

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So, what improvements can you expect at The Tampa Convention Center?

Massive waterfront meeting rooms at the Tampa Convention Center

For starters, brand new renovated meeting spaces. Existing meeting spaces will undergo updates including new carpet, paint, new air wall fabric and upgraded lighting. Demolition will be planned for non-event hours and construction walls will surround work areas to provide a sound barrier for noise elimination.

Get ready to enjoy new waterfront meeting rooms. Spanning 16,000 square feet, this two-level addition will provide 18 new meeting rooms overlooking the Hillsborough River.

New Datz on the Tampa Riverwalk

Room pairs will include air walls for increased flexibility. The new waterfront rooms will be accompanied by a terrace offering expansive views and outdoor space. Demolition will be planned for non-event hours and construction walls will surround work areas to provide a sound barrier for noise elimination. The addition of a set of new restrooms and a second service elevator will advance facility operations and event needs.

Construction of these new waterfront meeting rooms is making progress and projected to be completed in 2023. Installation of the roof on the addition is nearly complete, as is the installation of the window glass.

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Already completed aspects of the project include Big Ray’s Fish Camp and the Sail Pavilion, in addition to the new Datz restaurant on the Tampa Riverwalk.

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