Ground broken for new Tampa Performing Arts Center

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Hillsborough County has broken ground on the New Tampa Performing Arts Center, a 20,000-sq.-ft. building that will provide a venue for fostering community theater and other events, including educational and youth programming, for a wide range of residents and groups.

The New Tampa Performing Arts Center will include a 343-seat theater/multipurpose venue with retractable seating, a stage, catwalk, and orchestra pit. Other amenities include four multipurpose rooms, main lobby, box office, concessions, serving kitchen, and parking for 215 vehicles. The center will be expandable to 30,000-sq.-ft. with a future second floor.

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved a $7.3 million construction contract for the center in May. Work on the project is expected to be complete by fall 2022.

Hillsborough County is soliciting bids for the operation of the facility as a performing arts center.

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