Channel District

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Channel District
Neighborhood
Overlooking Channelside Drive from the parking garage. Foreground: Channelside Bay Plaza Background: Harbour Island skyline
Overlooking Channelside Drive from the parking garage. Foreground: Channelside Bay Plaza Background: Harbour Island skyline
Channel District is located in Florida
Channel District
Channel District
Coordinates: 27°56′51″N 82°26′38″W / 27.9476089°N 82.4438019°W / 27.9476089; -82.4438019Coordinates: 27°56′51″N 82°26′38″W / 27.9476089°N 82.4438019°W / 27.9476089; -82.4438019
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida

Channel District is a residential neighborhood in the City of Tampa that includes an entertainment complex, just east of Downtown Tampa, Florida. It is bordered by Ybor Channel on the east and Garrison Channel on the south. Channelside is a nickname for the entertainment complex Channelside Bay Plaza, within the neighborhood that includes shops, restaurants, and bars. It is located next to the Florida Aquarium, American Victory Museum, Port Tampa Bay (the launching point for cruise lines) and a short stretch on the Tampa Riverwalk to the Tampa Bay History Center. Also located in the district is the Amalie Arena (formerly the Tampa Bay Times Forum) where the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning play their home games. The Arena also hosts concerts and other events.[1] The center of the Bay Plaza has a large open court for live music, with views of the downtown skyline, cruise ships and the Port of Tampa. It also houses a Sony Giant Screen theater. The TECO Streetcar has several stops in the district.[2] Also, NEVs are being utilized by startups to link Tampa's core neighborhoods including Channelside.[3][4][5][6] The Tampa Convention Center is located adjacent to the district to the west.

Twin 30-story upscale condos Towers of Channelside were completed in 2007, with many other mid and high-rises completed since. Saint Leo University opened an adult continuing education center, called the Tampa Education Center, in the Channel District in July 2011.[7] More shopping and entertainment is planned for the area along with an urban sports park, to be named Madison Park. The side streets away from the bay plaza are becoming the focal points of the neighborhood, featuring many new restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.[8][9][10][11][12] The Channel District also includes the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida.[citation needed]

Starting in 2010 the Tampa Attractions Association formed a tradition of coloring the Garrison Channel green for Saint Patrick's Day.[13]

Several official Super Bowl XLIII parties featuring celebrity appearances were held in the district.[14][15][16][17]

A Crowd at the Channelside Complex

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  2. ^ "Streetcar Maps". Tecolinestreetcar.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
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  7. ^ PRWeb – Thu, Aug 25, 2011 (August 25, 2011). "Saint Leo Only One of the Universities in Tampa in Channelside District – Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2011.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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  10. ^ Walt Belcher (June 23, 2009). "Downtown barber shop inspired by 'Big Lebowski'". TBO.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  11. ^ "Tbt: Twist on steel". Sptimes.com. September 17, 2004. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  12. ^ "Tampa's Grand Central at Kennedy adds two retail tenants – St. Petersburg Times". Tampabay.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  13. ^ "For St. Patrick's Day, Channelside's waters go green – St. Petersburg Times". Tampabay.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  14. ^ https://archive.is/20130203092853/http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/feb/01/pam-anderson-warren-sapp-turn-out-athletes-and-ang/. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  16. ^ "Citytimes: Nightlife has a new spin".
  17. ^ "What is Kim Kardashian doing in Tampa? – St. Petersburg Times". Tampabay.com. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011.

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