Capital Improvements

Overview of Tampa Convention Center

After 27 years of activity, the Tampa Convention Center has begun its largest renovation project in history: a $30 million three year Capital Improvement Plan which will result in a better customer experience, increased efficiency, and cost savings.

Please stay tuned for updates on progress of these exciting improvements!

Capital Project Program 2018 - 2021 Presentation

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

NEW 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!

NEW 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.

Capital Improvements
NEW Big Ray’s Fish Camp Restaurant & The Sail Plaza

Work is underway with a scheduled completion in April, 2019
Prepare for an entirely new, waterfront experience at The Sail Plaza! This completely reimagined space includes the opening of 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 will now be known as 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 will be reconstructed in The Sail Plaza to include a family restroom and air conditioning. The Sail remains open.

Big Rays Fish Camp

NEW Datz Restaurant
Work begins June, 2019 with a scheduled completion in August, 2019
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! The existing Bay Bistro will be converted to this new Datz location.

Modernization of Exhibit Hall Concession Stands
Work begins February, 2019 with a scheduled completion in June, 2019
Exhibit Hall concessions are being modernized to include refreshed menus while staying true to classic offerings guests crave. The stands will also include new signage and digital menu boards for a superior guest experience. If a concession is undergoing renovations, an alternate food outlet will be available.

NEW Waterfront Meeting Rooms
Work begins in May, 2019 with a scheduled completion in May, 2020
Spanning 16,000 square feet, this two-level addition will provide 18 new meeting rooms overlooking the Hillsborough River. Room pairs will include airwalls for increased flexibility. The new waterfront rooms will be accompanied by a terrace offering expansive views and outdoor space. Due to this construction, the North Docks (slip 1-7, 20-22) will not be available from June 2019 to February 2020. Demolition will be planned for non-event hours and construction walls will surround work areas to provide a sound barrier for noise elimination.

Renovated Meeting Rooms & New Large Service Elevator
Work begins in May, 2020 with a scheduled completion in February, 2021
Upon introduction of the new meeting rooms, existing meeting space will undergo updates including new carpet, paint, and upgraded lighting. The addition of a second service elevator will advance facility operations and event needs. Demolition will be planned for non-event hours and construction walls will surround work areas to provide a sound barrier for noise elimination.

Green Initiatives associated with the Capital Improvements


HVAC upgrades will use fan wall and Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology to match airflow to demand. Upgraded , electronic control, chilled water valves will allow better control of chilled water flows, reducing power needs.New coils in Air Handlers will increase heat exchange efficiency, further reducing power costs.


Installation of new low emissivity window films on westward facing meeting rooms lower UV and IR loading, thereby reducing cooling load.


New escalators and elevators utilize VFD drives for energy conservation. Sealed gears and lack of oil drives greatly reduce petroleum lubricant use.


All new lighting for the meeting rooms, restrooms, and concourses are LED to lower energy use, maintenance, and heat generation.


All surfaces and coatings / paint are low Volatile Organic Contaminant (VOC) materials.


New restroom materials are low maintenance and are intended for use with green cleaning products.