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Tampa Obama Rally Traffic, Parking Information

Some roads and parking garages will close to the public during President Barack Obama’s Tampa rally Oct. 25.

Whether you’re heading into Ybor City tomorrow morning to hear President Barack Obama speak or you need to be down that way on business, there’s some news you need to know.

The city of Tampa has announced that traffic congestion is anticipated from about 6:30 a.m. until noon – at least – throughout Ybor on Thursday, Oct. 25, as the President makes his way to town on his “America Forward!” tour.

The rally takes place at 1800 E. 8th Ave. in Centennial Park. Security gates open to ticketholders at 7 a.m., and the president is expected to speak around 9 a.m.

City officials, according to a media release, anticipate the heaviest congestion in the area between 15th and 21st Streets from north of Seventh Avenue to south of Palm Avenue. Both Palm and Seventh avenues will remain open throughout the event.

Obama Rally Street Closings

The following streets will be closed to traffic starting at 4 a.m. Oct. 25:

  • Ninth Avenue between 17th Street and 19th Street
  • Angel Oliva Sr. (18th) Street from Palm Avenue to Seventh Avenue
  • 19th Street from Palm Avenue to Seventh Avenue
  • Eighth Avenue between 17th Street and 20th Street

Streets should reopen by 10:30 a.m.

Parking Lot and Garage Information

The following parking lots will be closed during the event:

  • City Parking Lot No. 5, between Angel Oliva Street and 19th Street
  • City Parking Lot No. 6, between 19th and 20th Street

Both lots will be closed for use until noon.

The following garages will be open for public use during the rally:

  • Centro Ybor Parking Garage
  • Fernando Noriega Parking Garage

Park and Ride

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will not be offering special park-and-ride services strictly for the rally, according to Marcia Mejia, HART’s spokeswoman.

For more information on Tampa parking lots, garages and rates, visit the city’s website.

H F Barrera October 25, 2012 at 05:18 PM
47% of us will remember every word out of Romney's mouth. You can't lead anything if you can't identify or relate to the real world. The same problems that brought about the economic problems of today were the root of what made Romney a "great" capitalist. Bailing out detroit and our banks along with reforms saved our country from an even greater disaster. Those 2 things we know Romney would not have done, Can you imagine? It is easy to talk tough when you don't have to see the impact of your decisions long term. And now Romney wants to make me believe and trust him to be a dove 2 weeks before the election? Really? So whats the 2 billion in defense for anyway? More bayonets and horses?
H F Barrera October 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Weak....very weak. Offensive suggestion to boot. But, not to worry...Obama has met the many challenges and in perspective held our country together during one of the most challenging times in our country's entire history. Can you really place that trust in Romney? So you are saying that if Romney were black (African American) and Obama white, most of his (Obama's) supporters would vote for Romney? Interesting theory.
H F Barrera October 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
And ROMNEY jumped on the event for political gain before any of the facts were known showing no respect for the Country, the victims, or the office of President! That is who you want to decide when and if your child goes to fight a war? I would not even want him on my pee-wee football team. Hummmm. Remember...ACT first and ask questions later must be a Romney mantra. Open mouth first and insert foot then backpedal out of disgrace .... a very similar trait we all want in a Commander in Chief.
Jean Hoffman October 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Want a Better Economy? History Says Vote Democrat! Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year) Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end) Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2012/10/10/want-a-better-economy-history-says-vote-democrat/
Greg October 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM
All of the great Democrat Presidents and yet you have the total failure of Obama. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!!!

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