One year in, has the new USF Sun Dome changed the Tampa concert scene?
When the USF Sun Dome reopened last year after a prolonged $35-million renovation, it looked like it might revitalize a certain segment of the Tampa Bay concert industry. Acts like Elton John, Florence and the Machine, Wiz Khalifa, Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin and Keith Sweat all booked shows there. Fall Out Boy is coming this fall.
A year after the Sun Dome reopened, has it really made a difference in the shows we see coming to town?
"They have really been aggressive about marketing themselves and booking shows," said Dave Brooks, managing editor at Venues Today magazine, which recently listed the Sun Dome as second in Florida's "top stops" in mid-sized entertainment venues.
"The music industry and acts love anything new and shiny," Brooks said. "The fact that they went through this renovation gives them a lot of buzz. And it gives acts a reason to give them another look."
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