Skatepark of Tampa

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Skatepark of Tampa
Skatepark of Tampa Logo
Skatepark of Tampa Logo
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Opened 28 December 1992
Website skateparkoftampa.com/spot/

The Skatepark of Tampa is a skatepark in Tampa, Florida, USA. It is considered one of the top skateboarding venues on the East Coast of the United States. The name is often abbreviated as SPoT, and it is well known for its annual Tampa Am and Tampa Pro competitions.[1][2]

History[edit]

On December 28, 1992, SPoT was opened only to employees, and on January 2, 1993 the park officially opened to the public.[3]

On April 1, 2012, SPoT announced on its website that the park had been purchased (for US$9.3 million) by rapper Lil Wayne. It was revealed shortly afterwards that the fake press release was an April Fool's joke.[4]

Obstacles[edit]

The skatepark includes a terrain park-style "pro course", offering a funboxpyramid and many difficult rails for grinds and slides. Outside, there is a full-size vert ramp. The "beginner's course" features many smaller rails and ramps to expand skateboarding skills and also includes the famous bowl.

The street skateboarding course is redesigned every year for the Tampa Pro and Tampa Am contest.

Team[edit]

As of 2007, the Skatepark of Tampa maintains a skateboarding team, a party team, a family team, a BMX team, and a business team.[5]

Skateboarding[edit]

Pro:

  • Anthony Furlong
  • Ed Selego
  • Elissa Steamer
  • Jeff Lenoce
  • Matt Milligan
  • Mike Frazier

Am:

  • Abdias Rivera
  • Chris Lehman
  • Dylan Perry
  • Ian Gow
  • Jeffrey Marshall
  • Jereme Knibbs
  • Pat Stiener
  • Robert Kirkland
  • Tommy Presley
  • Alejandro Burnell

Party[edit]

  • Adam Dyet
  • Allen Russell
  • Braydon Szafranski
  • Brian Schaefer
  • Chris Peck
  • David Gravette
  • Don Brown
  • DJ Wade
  • Joey Brezinski
  • Justin Strubing
  • Lizard King
  • Matt Milligan
  • Oliver Flores
  • Omar Hassan
  • Pat Duffy
  • P-Stone
  • Rob Meronek

Family[edit]

  • Brian Howard
  • Brian Sloane
  • Corey Hainline
  • Dorian Tucker
  • Jay Giroux
  • Josh Stewart
  • Kyle Berard
  • Mike Peterson
  • Paul Zitzer
  • Ryan Dodge
  • Scotty Conley
  • Steve Brandi

BMX[edit]

  • Chad "Gumbus" Moore
  • Conall Keenan
  • Forest Roberts
  • Jeff Harington
  • Josh Shaw
  • Luis Pinzon
  • Matt Coplon
  • Sean Albright
  • Tom Villareal
  • Tyler Bertrand

Business[edit]

  • Chris Kneer
  • George Lackey
  • Henry Alva
  • Jimmy Hurn
  • Michael J. Buscemi
  • Wesley Cowan
  • Florida Capital Bank

Music venue[edit]

The skatepark also doubles as a popular music venue. In 2012, SPoT hosted its 20 year anniversary event with performances from Aerosmith, prog-rocker Geoff Tate and punk-rock band Sum 41.[6]

The venue also hosts the Transitions Art Gallery music venue on its premises. TAG has served as a springboard for acoustic artists and other musicians. In December 2012, the owner of the Gallery announced he was stepping down and that the venue would be under new management from January 2013. The venue's new owners subsequently announced that the name of the venue would change to Epic Problem.[7] Epic Problem hosts many shows from many post-hardcore bands and one annual show from the nonprofit high school (mainly from Hillsborough High School) sketch comedy troupe On The Brink.[8]

Popular culture[edit]

The skatepark is a major feature in the Tony Hawk's Underground video game, and SPoT employees appear as competitors in the street and vertical contests. The skatepark also served as an exclusive competition level in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x. The Skatepark of Tampa also appeared on the MTV series Rob & Big that featured professional skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Putnam (11 March 2006). "Skateboarding glory rolls through Tampa event". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  2. ^ TWS (10 December 2012). "TAMPA AM 2012 FINALS". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Chris Nieratko (9 December 2012). "THE 18TH ANNUAL TAMPA AM". X Games. ESPN. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Rob Meronek (1 April 2012). "LIL WAYNE BUYS MAJORITY OWNERSHIP IN SKATEPARK OF TAMPA FOR $9.3 MILLION". Skatepark of Tampa. Skatepark of Tampa. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Rob Meronek (13 April 2007). "SKATEPARK OF TAMPA TEAMS". Skatepark of Tampa. Skatepark of Tampa. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Jay Cridlin (5 December 2012). "SoundCheck: Aerosmith, Geoff Tate, Sum 41, Skatepark of Tampa 20-Year Anniversary Party, Iris DeMent". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Jay Cridlin (7 December 2012). "Skatepark of Tampa's Transitions Art Gallery gets new owners, changing name to Epic Problem". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.hhstoday.com/life/2015/02/12/on-the-brink-march-12-14/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°57′58.44″N 82°24′37.42″W / 27.9662333°N 82.4103944°W / 27.9662333; -82.4103944