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Tips for getting kids to the One Direction concert in Tampa (with map)

TAMPA — Parents will be able to drop the kids off for tonight's One Direction concert at Raymond James Stadium. Authorities offer these directions:

Heading north on Dale Mabry: Turn left onto Tampa Bay Boulevard. Take the third entrance into Hillsborough Community College on your right and continue toward the drop-off area.

Heading south on Dale Mabry: Turn right onto Tampa Bay Boulevard. Take the third entrance into HCC on your right and continue toward the drop-off area.

Coming from the west: Take Air Cargo Road, turn left onto Tampa Bay Boulevard. Go around the roundabout onto Lois Avenue. Then take the first entrance into HCC on your right and continue toward the drop-off area.

After dropping off your children, you can exit or parking is available for $25. After parking, a parents lounge will be available in the North East side of the stadium. Enter at the veranda door into the lower gallery near Gate B. The indoor/outdoor area will include air conditioning, free coffee, restrooms and televisions. Food and beverages will be available for sale. The patio opens at 5:30 p.m.; the inside area at 7 p.m.

Authorities announced enhanced security measures ahead of the concert because of anticipated large crowds and dense traffic.

Officers will use mobile cameras purchased for the 2012 Republican National Convention to monitor crowds and will communicate with concertgoers on Twitter using the handle @TampaPD, the Tampa Police Department said.

There will also be a lost child/parent meetup area after the show at Gate C in the event parents and kids lose track of each other.

A help line will be available to assist concertgoers during the event at (813) 350-6501.

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