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Traffic Advisory

Temporary Road/Lane Closures on Channelside Drive and Old Water Street to begin December 17, 2018 for Road and Utility Construction

Please be advised that beginning Monday, December 17th, two temporary roadway projects will impact traffic patterns for upcoming Lightning home games and other events at AMALIE Arena:

Channelside Drive Road Construction

  • Where?/When?: Channelside Drive between E Cumberland Avenue and S Meridian Ave/Beneficial Drive will be reduced to one eastbound lane during phase one, which has a scheduled completion date of March 25, 2019. Westbound traffic must detour during this timeframe.
  • Game/Event Arrival: If you are using Channelside Drive to travel from the Ybor City/Brandon areas, we recommend the following routes:
    • For Port Garage access: turn right on Cumberland Ave at the roundabout, then turn left onto S 12th St
    • For parking options west of S Meridian Ave: turn right on Twiggs St or Kennedy Ave, turn left on Meridian Ave, then turn right onto Channelside Drive
  • Allow Extra Time: If your travels to and/or from downtown include navigation east of AMALIE Arena, we recommend factoring extra time into your travel plans to ensure arrival prior to event start time.

Old Water Street Sewer Force Main Construction

  • Where?/When?: Old Water Street will be closed to traffic between S Franklin Street and Florida Avenue as part of Phase 1 of the Wastewater Capital Improvement project (area directly west of the Marriott Waterside). The project will commence on December 17, 2018 and it is scheduled to be completed on April 5, 2019.
  • Take Channelside Dr.: Traffic flow on Old Water Street in front of the Marriott will be significantly reduced. Please use Morgan St., off Channelside Dr., to access the South Regional Garage.
  • Allow Extra Time: If you park in the South Regional Garage, or if you are coming to the Marriott Hotel on game/event days, please allow for extra time once you enter downtown Tampa.

Travel Recommendations

  • Waze: Download the Waze app on iOS or Android for live, up-to-date navigation advisories.
  • Stay North of Channelside!:  If usage of Channelside Drive is not essential to your arrival at Amalie Arena, please consider alternate travel routes for improved traffic flow.
  • Advance Passes: If you do not currently have a season parking pass, please consider our season and advance single game options as listed below.
  • Park And Ride: The TECO Streetcar now offers free rides to and from any stations along their route (runs 60 minutes following the conclusion of the game)! 
  • Ride Share Options: Utilize a ride share app for convenient drop off at Amalie Arena (Uber available for download on iOS and Android)! 

Parking Advisory

As our partners at Water Street Tampa continue to develop the 60 contiguous acres in the neighborhood surrounding AMALIE Arena, we ask for your patience and consideration when planning your visit to cheer on the Lightning or enjoy a concert, event or family show. We are pleased to report that the development project is well underway with a hotel and USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine in the midst of construction while we expect to see groundbreakings on several other projects during the 2018-19 season. Roadways are being realigned, traffic patterns are changing and new transportation options are emerging - all with a vision of creating a more user-friendly environment in the blocks surrounding AMALIE Arena.

As you plan your trip downtown, we aim to keep you informed of these new developments, offering you all you need to know about arriving at AMALIE safe and on time for your game or event.

Advance Single Game Parking (pricing variable by game)

Port Garage - Click here to purchase

  • Located at the northeast corner of Channelside Dr and S 12th St (across the street from Channelside Bay Plaza)
  • Recommended for access North or East of Downtown Tampa
  • 0.2 mile (5 minute) walk to AMALIE Arena

Green Lot - Click here to purchase (pricing variable by game)

  • Located at the northeast corner of Channelside Dr and S Morgan St
  • Recommended for access North or West of Downtown Tampa
  • 0.1 mile (3 minute) walk to AMALIE Arena

Teal Lot - Click here to purchase single game Teal Lot passes

  • Located at the southeast corner of E Brorein St and S Morgan St
  • Recommended for access North or West of Downtown Tampa
  • 0.2 mile (5 minute) walk to AMALIE Arena

PLEASE NOTE: Due to pending construction activity around AMALIE Arena, the Green Lot and Teal Lot are scheduled to close early this season (date TBD). Both Green and Teal lot single game passes will be available on a month to month basis. September and October home games are currently available. Due to construction schedules, Green Lot and Teal Lot single game passes may be subject to relocation on an individual game basis. Purchasers will be notified via email in the case of any relocations.

Game Day Drive Up Parking Options

If you are purchasing parking upon arrival to the game, we recommend arriving early to secure a parking option that best fits your needs. Please see below for recommended drive up locations to consider:

We look forward to hosting you at AMALIE Arena during the 2018-19 season, and we thank you for your patience as Downtown Tampa transforms! Please visit the Water Street Tampa website for more information about the exciting new mixed-use neighborhood coming to the area!

Full and Half Season Parking

Whiting Street Garage - $12/game

  • 0.3 mile (6 minute) walk to AMALIE Arena
  • Located at the southwest corner of E Whiting St and S Morgan St (entry off S Morgan St)
  • Recommended for access North or West of Downtown Tampa
  • Lot opens 2 hours prior to puck drop for each regular season home game
  • Due to garage clearance restrictions, vehicles must be able to pass through a 6'8" clearance. Motorcycles are not allowed in the Whiting Street Garage
  • Click here to purchase a Whiting Street Garage season pass
    • To finalize purchase, you must use your My Bolts Nation account information for your STM account
    • Once purchased, your parking passes can be managed via mobile (AMALIE Arena App) or Print At Home through My Bolts Nation

Port Garage - $14/game) 

  • 0.2 mile (5 minute) walk to AMALIE Arena
  • Located at the northeast corner of Channelside Dr and S 12th St (across the street from Channelside Bay Plaza)
  • Recommended for access North or East of Downtown Tampa
  • Due to garage restrictions, vehicles must be able to pass through a 7'2" clearance
  • Click here to purchase a Port Garage season pass
    • Available through Parking Panda, and can be managed via mobile (Parking Panda app) or via PDF
    • For any purchase issues, please contact the Parking Panda customer support line directly at 800-232-6415

Park and Ride

If you are purchasing parking upon arrival at Lightning games, you can take advantage of easy entry and exit with our Park and Ride option! The TECO Line Streetcar now offers free rides to and from any of the stations along their route, and will run until 60 minutes following the conclusion of the game.

Recommended parking locations for our Park and Ride option are the Fort Brooke Garage ($12 per game, proceed to Streetline Station 11) and the Florida Aquarium parking lot ($10 per game, proceed to Streetline Station 7)! Please click here for a detailed TECO Line Streetcar map (route noted in red).

Amalie Arena Ride Share Pick Up Locations

In an effort to improve fan wait times, and ease the congestion around the arena, we have identified two new ride sharing pick up locations (see detailed descriptions). Click here for more details. 

Tampa Convention Center - Recommended for fans going north or west

  • Short walk heading west on Channelside Dr. away from Amalie Arena and through the tunnel under the Tampa Convention Center. The cars will line up to meet you on the corner of Ashley Dr. and Channelside Dr.

Floirda Aquarium - Recommended for fans going north or east

  • Short walk heading east on Channelside Dr. away from Amalie Arena toward the aquarium. The cars will line up to meet you at the circular 'turn around' just in front of the aquarium entrance.

Please be aware that changes to the Amalie Arena ride share pick up locations will be effective Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Note: The changes being made impact ride share pick up locations ONLY. The drop off location for ride share patrons attending Lightning games or events at Amalie Arena will continue to be the 'Arena Drop Off' circle on the North side of Amalie Arena.