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MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

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Categories: Amphitheater, Event venue, Music venue

Alcohol: Full bar

Parking: Lot

The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is an open-air theater located at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa off Interstate 4. It's one of the largest concert venues in Tampa Bay, able to accommodate about 20,000 fans in both regular chair-style seating and grass seating.

Opened in 2004, it was formally known as the Ford Amphitheatre before a change in sponsors in June 2010, when 1-800-Ask-Gary (a lawyer and doctor referral service based in Tampa) bought the naming rights. The venue is managed by Live Nation, which also handles ticket sales.

Over the last several years it has hosted big-name acts including Sting, Kenny Chesney, the Jonas Brothers, the Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett and Bruce Springsteen.

Despite being an outdoor venue, much of the seating is actually covered by a large, white roof, which eases the pain during the hot summer and rainy seasons in Florida. Only the grass seats are uncovered. All events take place rain or shine. Because this venue was designed to serve as a concert amphitheatre, the sound quality for shows is quite good.

Parking lots are adjacent to the amphitheatre; the parking is included in the ticket price. VIP parking, which allows you to park much closer to the venue, also is available. Price varies per event.

Plenty of food and beverage stands are available on each side of the amphitheatre. Food includes the usual burger and hot dog type fare, but also pizza, barbecue and other specialties. Likewise, all manners of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale.

Fans can bring their own food, but are limited to one gallon clear plastic bag per person and one sealed bottle of water person. For those sitting in the grass area, low-profile sand chairs no higher than 9-inches from the ground (with chair back not exceeding 24 inches) are allowed.

Events at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

5 Seconds of Summer
Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:30pm

Darius Rucker
Friday, May 22, 2015 7:00pm

Dave Matthews Band
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 7:00pm

Def Leppard
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 7:00pm

Dierks Bentley
Thursday, July 2, 2015 7:00pm

Florida Georgia Line
Friday, May 29, 2015 7:30pm

Incubus and Deftones
Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:15pm

J. Cole
Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:30pm

John Fogerty
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:00pm

Kelly Clarkson
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:00pm

Kid Rock
Saturday, July 18, 2015 7:00pm

Rascal Flatts
Sunday, July 12, 2015 7:30pm

Saturday, July 25, 2015 6:00pm

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson
Friday, July 24, 2015 7:00pm

Steely Dan
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:00pm

Sublime with Romeo
Friday, August 14, 2015 6:00pm

Tim McGraw
Saturday, August 22, 2015 7:00pm

Toby Keith
Saturday, August 1, 2015 7:00pm

Saturday, June 6, 2015 7:00pm

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck
Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:00pm

Zac Brown Band
Friday, November 13, 2015 7:00pm

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