Capital Improvements

Overview of Tampa Convention Center

The Tampa Convention Center began its largest renovation project in history in 2018: a $35 million Capital Improvement Plan resulting in better customer experience, increased efficiency, and cost savings.


Renovated Ballrooms
Existing Ballrooms have undergone updates including new carpet, paint, new airwall fabric and upgraded lighting.

Renovated Restrooms 
The Convention Center has fully upgraded 15 restrooms with wall-to-wall large-format modern tile, integrated sinks, stainless steel touchless fixtures, backlit mirrors and much more. Attendees will find the restrooms extremely functional and beautiful.

Nourish Food Cart  
The rotunda area now features Nourish, a choose-your-own-ingredients healthy bowl concept. This modular kiosk provides fresh offerings based upon guest preferences. With a wide selection and a focus on efficient customer service, Nourish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Starbucks Coffee Bar 
Take a break to grab a coffee or meet with fellow attendees at this new Coffee Bar. Enjoy freshly brewed Starbucks coffee products and snacks in a casual café-style setting. Conveniently located adjacent to Exhibit Halls, the Coffee Bar will be replacing the existing Ybor Café. The perfect spot to refuel.

Big Ray’s Fish Camp Restaurant & The Sail Plaza
Prepare for an entirely new, waterfront experience at The Sail Plaza! This completely re-imagined space includes Big Ray’s Fish Camp Restaurant, a local favorite for seafood in the Tampa Bay area. Joining Tampa Convention Center’s 360-degree waterfront bar, this full-service kitchen is the perfect addition to what is now The Sail Plaza. The Sail Plaza offers an expanded seating area, complete with an iconic shade structure. An innovative ramp system will guide pedestrian traffic, allowing for enhanced outdoor event capabilities along the Riverwalk. Restrooms now include a family restroom and air conditioning. The Sail Plaza

Modernization of Exhibit Hall Concession Stands
Exhibit Hall concessions are modernized to include refreshed menus while staying true to classic offerings guests crave. The stands have new signage and digital menu boards for superior guest experiences. 

Datz Restaurant
Since its opening in 2009, Tampa Bay locals have enjoyed Datz Restaurant. Famous for their Egg Sammies, Bits & Bites, and creative sandwiches, Datz is ready to share their award-winning eats with guests of the Tampa Convention Center! 

Replaced existing Freight Elevator
The Center’s 10,000-pound Freight Elevator (10 x 20 FT) has been modernized with all new components to ensure uninterrupted service at all times.

In Progress

Renovated Meeting Rooms 
Scheduled completion by December, 2022
Existing meeting space 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.


NEW  Waterfront Meeting Rooms, Restrooms added to Central Hall & Service Elevator
Work begins December 2020 with a scheduled completion by December, 2022
Spanning 16,000 square feet, this two-level addition will provide 18 new meeting rooms overlooking the Hillsborough River. 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.