Skatepark of Tampa

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Skatepark of Tampa
Skatepark of Tampa Logo
Skatepark of Tampa Logo
Location Tampa, Florida, United States
Opened 28 December 1992
Website spottampa.com

The Skatepark of Tampa is a skatepark in Tampa, Florida, United States. 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 concrete transition course with a pizza oven. 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.[5]

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.[6]

Skateboarding[edit]

Pro:

  • Elissa Steamer
  • Jeff Lenoce
  • Matt Milligan
  • Mike Frazier
  • Clive Dixon
  • Jimmy Marcus aka "The Greek"
  • Mike Frazier
  • Brian Schaefer
  • Paul Zitzer

Am:

  • Abdias Rivera
  • Sam Bellipanni
  • Eric McKenney
  • Markus Jalaber
  • James Cobb
  • Wes Box
  • Cash Gaddes
  • Robby Kirkland
  • Treshan O'Shaugnessy
  • Alejandro Burnell
  • Alex Johnson
  • Allen Russell
  • Pat Stiener
  • Tyson Peterson
  • Zion Wright
  • Marse Farmer

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

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]

  • Spencer Foresman
  • Mark Mulville
  • Matt Coplon
  • Luis (aka Project Pap) Pinzon
  • Jeff Harrington
  • Sean Albright

Business[edit]

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

Music venue[edit]

The skatepark also doubles as a popular music venue. In 2012, SPoT hosted its 20 year anniversary event with performances from Souls of Mischief and Killer Mike.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

In July of 2016, Epic Problem held its last show and passed the torch to King State coffee, owned by Tim McTague, of Underoath and Nate Young, of Anberlin, who use the space for brewing.[10]

In March of 2017, the SPoT Snack Bar was expanded and reconstructed into a full-fledged music venue and renamed "Transitions". It is complete with stage, lighting, sound system and newly rebuilt bar. Transitions held its first show during the 23rd Annual Tampa Pro contest that featured the music of Ray Barbee, Drowning Clowns, Arctic, and Tampa's own Samurai Shotgun.

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. [11]

SPoT appeared on the MTV series Rob & Big that featured professional skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek.[12]

In August 2011, Lil Wayne stopped by SPoT for a private after hours session. He has attended every Tampa Pro contest since, often spectating from the judges' booth.[13]

In May 2004, comedian Dave Chappelle set up an after hours session with some of his friends while on tour in Tampa. [14]

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. ^ http://skateparkoftampa.com/spot/a.aspx?ID=3038
  6. ^ Rob Meronek (13 April 2007). "SKATEPARK OF TAMPA TEAMS". Skatepark of Tampa. Skatepark of Tampa. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Jay Cridlin (5 December 2012). "SoundCheck: Aerosmith, Geoff Tate, Sum 41, Ty Segall, METZ Skatepark of Tampa 20-Year Anniversary Party, Iris DeMent". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ http://www.hhstoday.com/life/2015/02/12/on-the-brink-march-12-14/
  10. ^ Ray Roa (11 August 2016). "KING STATE COFFEE TAKING OVER TAMPA'S TRANSITION ART GALLERY". Creative Loafing. 
  11. ^ http://skateparkoftampa.com/article/173/SPoT_on_THuG
  12. ^ http://www.mtv.com/episodes/spvr8h/rob-and-big-tampa-season-2-ep-206
  13. ^ http://skateparkoftampa.com/article/1605/Lil_Wayne_Skateboarding_at_Skatepark_of_Tampa
  14. ^ http://skateparkoftampa.com/article/229/Dave_Chappelle_&_Posse_Take_Lessons

External links[edit]

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