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Tickets for many bay area events are sold through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster outlets are located in all Dillard's department stores, Spec's Music stores, Sound Warehouse stores, Tracks Music Stores and Turtles Records & Tapes stores, plus:

In Clearwater, at Music 4 Less in the Bay Area Outlet Mall, 15519 U.S. 19 N.

In Port Richey at Stereo-Rama, 6029 Ridge Road.

In St. Petersburg, at the Lottery Store, 201 Central Ave.; Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, and The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N.

In Tampa, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301; Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., and the University Center on the University of South Florida campus, 4202 Fowler Ave. E.

For phone orders, call 287-8844 in Hillsborough or 898-2100 in Pinellas. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.


5555 N Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), Sarasota

Phone: 351-9010.

Opened: The original Asolo theater, no longer in use but still on the grounds, opened in 1960. The new theater opened in 1989.

Managed by: Asolo Center for the Performing Arts Foundation; Mr. Lee Warner, executive director and Margaret Booker, artistic director.

Seats: 500.

Biggest box office: Svengali sold out 14 shows and Remembrance sold 14,788 tickets.

Parking: 700 free spaces shared with Ringling Museum of Art.

Concessions: Full bar available before and after the show and during intermission.

Typical fare: Theater.

Tickets: Tickets are available through the box office only. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the performance and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-performance days; 351-8000.


400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.

Phone: 892-5798.

Opened: 1965.

Managed by: The Bay Plaza Companies/Russ Cline & Associates.

Seats: Bayfront Center Arena seats 8,100 and the Mahaffey Theater seats 2,000.

Biggest box office: The six-day performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus drew 48,214 in January 1991.

Parking: There are 1,806 parking spaces, 740 of them in a covered garage; $3 per car and $1 for disabled parking.

Concessions: Refreshments, including food and beer, are available for all events. The Mahaffey Theater also provides dining in the Sun Pavilion Room two hours before showtime; reservations are recommended; 892-5798 or 822-6129.

Typical fare: Family programs, conventions, concerts, orchestras, dance companies and public trade shows.

Tickets: Tickets are available at the box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; also available through Ticketmaster.


535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Phone: 892-5202.

Opened: 1924.

Managed by: The city of St. Petersburg.

Seats: 2,000.

Biggest box office: Sock hops draw up to 2,000.

Parking: There are 220 parking spaces on site and 400-600 additional spaces within 2 blocks.

Concessions: Set-ups, snacks. B.Y.O.B.

Typical fare: Ballroom dancing, sock-hops and country dances. Available for rental.

Tickets: Coliseum box office and Ticketmaster for big events.


1355 Rainville Road, Tarpon Springs.

Phone: 942-3163.

Opened: 1986.

Managed by: Owned by AHEPA lodge; Gary Gainey, manager.

Seats: Theater seating, 1,800; banquet seating, 1,000.

Biggest box office: New Year's Eve dance.

Parking: 600 free spaces.

Concessions: Short-order food available. Two bars.

Typical fare: Banquets, parties, entertainment and trade shows. Rentals are available.

Tickets: Available at office 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 942-3163.


One Stadium Drive (16th St. S), St. Petersburg

Phone: 825-3100.

Fax: 825-3111.

Opened: March 1990.

Managed by: The Bay Plaza Companies/Russ Cline & Associates.

Seats: 10,000 to 53,000.

Biggest box office: 24,445 tickets were sold for the July 13 arena football game, Denver vs. Tampa Bay.

Parking: 43,000 on-site spaces; depending on event, cost is $2 to $5 for cars, $10 for RVs and limousines and $15 for buses.

Concessions: Food, beverages including beer, and novelties available before and after performances.

Typical fare: Sporting events, concerts, trade shows.

Tickets: Available at the box office 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 825-3334; also available through Ticketmaster.



4800 U.S. 301 N (off I-4), Tampa.

Phone: 621-7821.

Opened: Expo Hall 1977 and the Entertainment Hall 1989.

Managed by: Florida State Fair Authority; Dennis McDermott, booking and event manager.

Seats: The Expo Hall seats up to 12,200 and the Entertainment Hall seats up to 5,000.

Parking: More than 20,000 on-site spaces; $3.

Concessions: A full bar and food and beverages available.

Typical fare: NHL Lightning games, concerts, consumer trade shows and festivals.

Tickets: Through the box office 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., through Ticketmaster or at the gate.



1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.

Phone: 791-7400 (box office); 791-7060 (office).

Opened: January 1984.

Managed by: PACT, Inc., Elissa O. Getto, executive director, CED.

Seats: 2,182.

Biggest box office: Last season, there were more than 40 sold-out performances including Cats, the Vienna Boys Choir and The Nutcracker.

Parking: Free on-site parking.

Concessions: Refreshments, including a full bar, are sold before performances and during intermission; gourmet box picnics are served before some events; pre-performance lunches and dinners are served in the Margarete Heye Great Room before some events.

Typical fare: Broadway shows, international orchestras, dance companies, popular music, theater, children's programs, comedy and variety shows.

Tickets: For most events, available through Ticketmaster; also at the box office, 791-7400.


1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Phone: 222-1000.

Opened: September 1987.

Managed by: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Inc.

Seating: Three separate venues _ Festival Hall seats 2,400; Playhouse seats 900, Jaeb Theater seats 300.

Biggest box office: Last season's sellouts included Harry Connick, Jr., Natalie Cole, Jerry Seinfeld, The Nutcracker, Patti LaBelle, David Sanborn and The Children's Theater.

Parking: 1,000 spaces in three lots near the center; covered parking at the Poe Highrise Garage, $2 after 4 p.m.; Barnett Bank lot, $3; and the Holiday Inn lot, $2. Metered street spaces are free after 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday; $6 valet parking and $2 disabled parking available.

Concessions: Full bar in the lobbies during intermission and before performances.

Typical fare: Broadway shows, dance companies, popular music, theater, children's programs, comedy and variety shows

Ticket information: Through Ticketmaster or the box office, open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon to 4 p.m. Sat. and 90 minutes before performances; 221-1045 and (800) 955-1045.


Dale Mabry Highway and Martin Luther King Blvd., Tampa.

Phone: 876-8893 or 872-7977.

Opened: 1967.

Managed by: Tampa Sports Authority.

Seats: 74,317.

Biggest box office: Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Bucs football game on Oct. 8, 1989



Parking: 11,000 spaces available in 12 lots; 5,000 of those are reserved (reserved spaces are $80 for non-specific spaces and $100 for specific spaces). Parking is $5 on the day of the event. Parking also is available at Horizon Park and Hillsborough Community College.

Concessions: Food, beverages and novelties. During football games beer is sold through the third quarter.

Typical fare: Football, concerts, motocross, truck and tractor pulls, equestrian shows.

Tickets: Available at Ticketmaster.


4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

Phone: 974-3111.

Opened: 1981.

Managed by: Sun Dome Inc.

Seats: Two setups _ full concert arena seats 11,300-plus and an auditorium setting seats 4,800.

Biggest box office: This year, 11,400 for Huey Lewis and the News, 15,260 for Sesame Street and 10,479 for USF vs. FSU.

Parking: 2,500 spots available in the dome lot; parking is $3. An additional 3,000 spots on campus are within walking distance.

Concessions: Food, beverages (beer and wine sold at specific events) and novelties.

Typical fare: Concerts, sporting events, family events and professional wrestling.

Ticket information: Box office open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 974-3000. Also available through Ticketmaster.



333 S Franklin St., Tampa

Phone: 223-8511.

Opened: October 1990.

Managed by: The city of Tampa.

Seats: Concert seating up to 10,000 people; the center can accommodate a general session of up to 17,000.

Biggest box office: The International Car Show.

Parking: Within two blocks, the Convention Center Garage has 450 spaces at 75 cents an hour ($2.50 from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.); the Crosstown Meter Lot has 160 spaces at 50 cents per hour; the South Regional Lot has 200 spaces weekdays and 300 spaces at night and on weekends for $2. More lots within four blocks. Disabled parking available.

Concessions: A full-service in-house caterer is available in addition to a cafeteria set up for events and a bar/lounge.

Typical fare: Family entertainment, concerts, conventions, and trade shows.

Tickets: At the box office day of the show and through Ticketmaster.


777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Phone: 953-3366.

Opened: January 1970.

Managed by: City of Sarasota; John D. Wilkes, managing director.

Seats: 1,761 in a continental arrangement, no center aisle.

Biggest box office: Sell-outs are frequent.

Parking: 650 free on-site spaces.

Concessions: Beverage service, including a full bar.

Typical fare: Orchestras, dance companies, magic, ice and children's shows, all types of music from popular to jazz to country.

Tickets: The box office is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat. and 1 to 5 p.m. Sun.; 953-3366; Charge-It number is 953-3368.



801 Horatio St., Tampa.

Phone: 251-1990.

Opened: 1926.

Managed by: The Federated Women's Club and the Friday Morning Musicale Society.

Seats: 325.

Biggest box office: This year's biggest sellout was the Shoa Lin Monks from China _ 600 plus.

Parking: 50 on-site spaces and street parking.

Concessions: Varies.

Typical fare: From International music to piano concerts. Folk,blues, jazz, reggae.

Tickets: Locations vary. Call 251-1990 for information.


Second Street between Central and First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Phone: 896-1244.

Opened: 1980.

Managed by: Detroit Enterprises; Rob Douglas, promoter.

Seats: 1,500.

Biggest box office: 1992 sell-outs included the Beastie Boys, They Might Be Giants and Social Distortion.

Parking: Available at the Bay Plaza Parking Garage and street and lot parking.

Concessions: Full bar is available at all shows.

Typical fare: Concerts including mainstream rock, folk, alternative and thrash metal.

Tickets: Through Ticketmaster or at the gate.


687 Central Ave, St. Petersburg.

Phone: 821-9584.

Opened: March 1990.

Managed by: Susan and Logan Neil.

Seats: 550.

Biggest box office: 1992's biggest shows included, Acoustic Alchemy, The Rippingtons, Tori Amos, Firefall, The Yellowjackets, and The Guess Who.

Parking: Street spaces and lots.

Concessions: Beer, wine and light food.

Typical fare: Concerts (rock, pop, jazz, alternative), comedy, film and benefits.

Tickets: At the box office, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and through Ticketmaster.


711 Franklin Street Mall, Tampa.

Phone: 223-8981.

Opened: 1926.

Managed by: Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

Seats: 1,446.

Biggest box office: 1992 sell-outs included David Byrne, former lead singer of the Talking Heads.

Parking: Street spaces and lots.

Concessions: Beer, wine (at concerts) and refreshments.

Typical fare: Concerts, comedy, film series and community events.

Tickets: At the box office 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Ticketmaster, and at the door.


10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

Phone: 847-2727, ext. 3241.

Opened: 1980.

Managed by: Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Seats: 610.

Biggest box office: Last year's sell-outs included: Serendipity Singers, Joann Castle and The New Orleans Blues Serenaders.

Parking: 3,000 on campus.

Concessions: Refreshments (no alcohol).

Typical fare: Broadway shows, all types of music, theater, dance companies.

Tickets: At the box office 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 847-5313.