As the game nears with the fun and excitement of Fan Central and the activities we planned here in Tampa for our out-of-town guests, there are some important things residents and visitors alike need to know about the National Championship Game in Tampa.  Below is a list of road closures, and where to have fun before and after the game! 

Road Closures

The downtown community should expect increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the Channelside District and around the Amalie Area while the NCAA Championship Fan Central Event takes place and areas around Raymond James Stadium will experience limited lanes and road closures before and after the NCAA National Championship Football Game. As we get more specific information from the City and TPD we will add it here:

1/4/2017 - Franklin St from Polk St to Cass St will be closed from 8 am on Saturday, January 7th to 8 am on Sunday, January 8th for a #CFBPlayoff special event.

Cool Events

Free concert featuring FLO Rida, USHER
NCAA Championship Fan Central Event
NCAA Championship Taste of The Championship
NCAA Championship Extra Yard 5K NCAA Championship Tailgate at Raymond James
Championship Passport - Downtown Tampa (A five-day passport to first-class venues!)
Yacht StarShip NCAA Fireworks Cruise (Cruise beneath the Fireworks while enjoying fine cuisine and craft drinks)

Fun Bars near Raymond James Stadium

Ker's WingHouse Tampa Stadium
Duffy's Sports Grill
Miller's Ale House - Tampa International
Brick House Tavern & Tap
Lee Roy Selmon's

Photos from Wikimedia Commons

Where to Party before and after the game

South Tampa

Ducky's Sports Lounge ( $15 Bud Buckets,  $16 Corona buckets, $5 Don Julio)
The Lodge
Drynk | SOHO
Yard of Ale SoHo
The Outpost Tavern and Tap House (Clemson Watch Party)

Ybor City entertainment district

The Brass Tap | Centro Ybor (craft beer and sports)
Hamburger Mary's Pub House (Drag show)
Club Prana (Nightclub)


Jackson's (Nightclub on the water near the arena)
W XYZ Bar (At the Aloft Hotel on the water) 
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina (Sports bar specializing in BIG TV's they will have two exclusive Coppertail craft beers brewed expressly for the game! You can ONLY get them here and at Coppertail:

  • Crimson Cherry Wheat
  • Tiger Paw Porter (Chocolate Peanut Porter)

Ferg's Live ( $4 Flavored Smirnoff, $21 buckets of 5 16oz bottles)  

The Causeway

Beach Bar & Restaurant  (Relax outdoors, great views, great music)


O'Brien's Irish Pub Brandon ( $4 Captain Morgan and Don Q, $5 Stoli, $5 Jack, and Jack Honey)

Things to Do 

Pirate Water Taxi (taxi up and down the river to multiple bars and restaurants)
Tampa Bay History Center (Learn more about your host city!)
Busch Gardens

We will add information to this article as it becomes available, please be sure to bookmark Things To Know About The National Championship Game in Tampa and refer back to it often!