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A peek inside the USF Sun Dome's $35.64-million makeover



How weird is it that one of Tampa Bay's biggest concert venues just up and disappeared?

The USF Sun Dome has been MIA from the local concert scene for months now, due to a $35.64-million renovation aimed at turning the home of USF basketball some much-needed improvments, including suites and improved media systems. The goal is to reopen the facility by USF's graduation the first week of May.

Concerts -- no doubt big ones -- will surely follow. Everyone from Madonna to U2 to Frank Sinatra has played the Sun Dome over the decades. In the last few years, The Killers, Drake and Bob Dylan have taken the stage there. While it's safe to say few people probably considered it their favorite local concert venue, there's no doubt it's been missed. Over the past year, tours that might have come to the Sun Dome (Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Wiz Khalifa) have instead gone to Orlando's UCF Arena or Estero's Germain Arena.

Check out the video of the improvements above, and click here to read more about it in Greg Auman's story.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:25am]


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