Ybor Flash - Outback Bowl Blast 12/31/08

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New Year's Eve
Wednesday, December 31, 2008   

Welcome Iowa and South Carolina fans to Ybor City!  The 23rd Anniversary Outback Bowl Parade and Pep Rally will take place this Wednesday, December 31, 2008 (New Year’s Eve) from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.  The event includes a parade of high school bands and the two college bands followed by a pep rally on the corner of 14th Street and 7th Avenue. 

To accommodate the event, several street closures will take place throughout the district.  On-street parking and public lot parking in the area will available until 1:00pm (firm).  Parking signs will be installed stating “No Parking After 1pm”. Cars must be removed by 1:00pm to avoid towing.  Pedestrian barricades will be installed starting at 1:30 pm on 7th Avenue from 14th St. to 20th St.  No on-street parking will be permitted between 20th St. and 26th St. 

7th Avenue from Nick Nuccio Parkway to 21st Street and north/south side streets from 6th Ave to Palm will be closed by 3:30pm, unless crowds call for an earlier closure. Westbound traffic on Palm will be allowed to turn south on 15th Street to utilize the Centro Ybor Valet and Palm Ave Garage. The event will end at approximately 8:30pm. The pedestrian barricades will be removed following the parade, and 7th Ave will be re-opened at 9:00pm unless crowds dictate otherwise.  

Bus Drop Off for the Outback Bowl Parade will be on Palm Avenue from 15th to 21st Street.  The Bus Staging area will be along Nick Nuccio Pkwy.   The Parade Staging will be on 7th Avenue east of 20th Street to 26th, on 20th Street between Palm and 5th Avenue, on 9th Avenue between 18th Street and 20th Street and 8th Avenue between 19th and 20th Street. The Centro Ybor and Palm Avenue Parking Garages will remain open throughout the day. Pre-collection will begin at 4:00pm at both garages, Centro Ybor ($8) and Palm Avenue ($6). The Centro Ybor Valet, located on 9th Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, will operate continuously starting at 11:00am until about 2:00am the next morning. The TECO Line Streetcar will operate throughout the event and has extended their hours that evening until 2:00am the next morning, January 1st. 


Event Staging      ……………………………………………..    1:30pm

Parade (on 7th Avenue from 20th to 14th Streets) ………  5:30pm

Pep Rally (Parking Lot at 14th Street and 7th Ave) ……..    7:00pm-8:30pm

For event information, please call Jerry Kulig, Outback Bowl at 813/ 874-2695. For street closure information, please call Tampa Police Department Officer Paul Smalley at 813/310-3355. Thank you and Happy New Year!


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