Where to find parking for Elton John’s Tampa farewell concert tonight

First off, rideshare if you can.

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UPDATED: 11/4/19 3:50 p.m.

After a last minute postponement in 2018, Elton John’s farewell Tampa show is finally here. Tonight, the Rocketman says goodbye to his long, yellow brick road with what promises to be an epic concert, but the real question mark surrounds how epic your search for parking is going to be (and yes, tickets are still available as of 8 a.m. on Monday).

The streets around downtown Tampa’s Amalie Arena are under heavy construction. Roadways are being realigned, and there are cranes in the sky, so you’ll have to get creative when it comes to getting to the venue where the show starts at 8 p.m.

First off, rideshare if you can. If you must drive, then carpool.

CL recommends parking in Ybor City and then catching a free ride on the TECO Streetcar, which runs from Centennial Park near Eighth Avenue and 19th Street all the way to Franklin Street in downtown Tampa (there’s a stop directly behind Amalie, and the trolley will run late to accommodate concertgoers).

Fuck my life, the streetcar track is under repair.


If you must, then park in downtown Tampa and walk.

Street parking is free after 6 p.m. if you’re north of Kennedy Boulevard, but there are plenty of paid options and metered on-street parking spots, too.

There is free bicycle parking for personal bikes at Amalie Arena, and Coast Bikes are available for rental across downtown Tampa.

There's also a free Downtowner car service available.

Amalie Arena suite holders already know where they park (the Garrison Street Lot), and ADA parking is available at the Pam Iorio Parking Garage (formerly South Regional Garage) — Amalie suggests entering from Florida Avenue. There is also a drop off circle on Channelside Drive in front of the arena. All ADA parking is first come, first-served.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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