Championship Campus Routes

Recommended Routes to Championship Campus

The City of Tampa is expecting increased congestion and delays in the areas surrounding Amalie Arena, The Tampa Convention Center and Curtis Hixon Park from Friday, Jan. 6 through Sunday, Jan. 8. Event times and locations vary by day, however, drivers may experience heavy traffic and delays starting Friday afternoon with road closures in some areas, especially on Ashley Dr., in and around event venues and Curtis Hixon Park. Please see the provided maps, and use the suggested routes particular to your area, to avoid congestion and delays.

Downtown Access:

Arena Lots | Fort Brooke Parking Garage |

Royal Regional Garage | Twiggs Parking Garage

Ybor City Access:

Centro Ybor Parking Garage | Palm Avenue Parking Garage

Crosstown Expressway Traffic

Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 11:00 AM, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will be switched to the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area. Allowing traffic to enter the City. At 7:00 PM, on the same day, the REL will be switched back to the eastbound direction from the downtown area towards Brandon. This will allow traffic to exit the City later that evening.

Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 11:00 AM, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will be switched to the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area  Allowing traffic to enter the City. At 8:00 PM, on the same day, the REL will be switched back to the eastbound direction from the downtown area towards Brandon. This will allow traffic to exit the City later that evening.

The REL will remain in this configuration until Monday morning, January 9, 2017 at 6:00 AM, when normal operation will be restored, with all traffic flowing westbound from Brandon to the downtown area. For more information, please visit:

Florida Department of Transportation's Florida 511

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Florida 511 Traveler Information System can help you plan your travel to the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Fans can visit to check interactive statewide roadmaps on the homepage, find out about any traffic incidents or delays along your planned route, create custom routes and receive up-to-the-minute route-specific updates.

Guests can also receive real-time traffic information by downloading the free Florida 511 mobile app, calling 511 toll-free or by following @FL511_TampaBay on Twitter.

Parking Facilities (Garages/Surface Lots)

A limited number of public and private parking structures throughout downtown Tampa will be available to accommodate fans attending Championship Campus events. Primary parking structures are located:

  • Ft. Brooke Garage (107 N. Franklin Street)
  • Royal Regional Lot (1200 N. Tampa Street)
  • Amalie Arena Lots (401 E. Channelside Drive)
  • Twiggs St Garage (901 E. Twiggs Street)
  • Palm Garage (2010 N. 13th Street/Park-n-Ride)
  • Centro Ybor Garage (1500 E. 5th Avenue/Park-n-Ride)

Call the CFP General Call Center (Toll-Free) at 1-844-852-8889  for the most up-to-date information regarding parking availability.

Parking Meters

Days and Hours of Enforcement

All parking meters in the city of Tampa are enforced daily Monday - Friday.  Times vary by location. Check your meter for exact enforcement guidelines.


Metered street parking is available in the downtown area and payment options include coins, credit/debit cards as well as the City of Tampa's Parkmobile smartphone app. Parking rates vary depending upon the location of the space. Rates and hours of operation for each space is accessed by entering the space number at any one of the Parking Pay Stations located throughout the Central Business District.

Time Limits

Time limits generally vary by location. Time limits at metered locations can range from 15 minutes to as long as 8 hours. In most areas, the maximum duration is 2 hours; however, some areas may have longer maximum durations during the evenings and weekends. Parking time limits are posted on each meter.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessible Meters

Tampa has several on-street accessible parking spaces throughout the downtown area. Each space is clearly marked with a special sign with the international symbol of access. Furthermore, any motor vehicle displaying the International Symbol of Access special plates or placard registered to the vehicle, is allowed to park one (1) additional hour at any parking meter, at no cost. You must pay for parking in advance, then park for one (1) hour beyond the time that was paid for. For more information about disabled parking access, please visit the City of Tampa Parking information page.

Park-n-Ride Locations

Leave your car and travel to Championship Campus with ease! Utilize Hart’s Park-n-Ride locations at the Palm Ave. and Centro Ybor parking garages in Ybor City. Click here for a map of Park-n-Ride options and locations.

Public Transportation

The Tampa Riverwalk connects events throughout Championship Campus. Fans are encouraged to enjoy the waterfront, and stroll the Riverwalk to various events. A number of public transportation options are also available when visiting downtown Tampa and Championship Campus events.


Travel throughout Championship Campus with ease by utilizing the Downtowner, courtesy of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The free service runs Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. - 11p.m., and Saturday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Request your ride by downloading the Downtowner App to your iPhone or Android device.


The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) provides a number of transportation services including HART Bus services, MetroRapid and the TECO Line Streetcar System. Please be aware that during Championship Campus events, some traditional routes or service locations may be detoured. For up-to-date routing information, please visit:


Travel throughout Championship Campus by water with Pirate Water Taxi. The service offers fans several stops throughout the Tampa Riverwalk, and operates Monday-Friday (11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.), as well as Saturday and Sunday (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.). For current routing and pricing, please visit:


Fans are encouraged to utilize rideshare services such as Uber when visiting Championship Campus. Taxis, Limos and Uber will be able to pick-up and drop-off fans visiting Championship Campus by the Poe Garage located along Cass St. just west of Ashley Dr. (Click for Map) Cass St. will be closed at N. Boulevard to provide additional space for vehicles. Tampa Preparatory School has been secured for additional staging space.


Coast Bike Share is an effective and convenient complement to transportation, enabling short trips around town for commuters and tourists. With 300 bikes across 30 locations, Coast is a great way to take in the city while navigating from place to place. These bikes are perfect for commuting to or from Championship Campus, and experiencing the bay's waterfront beauty. Visit for more information.

Driving Tips and Safety

If you plan to drive, utilize recommended routes for the easiest access into and out of downtown Tampa and allow for additional travel time. Please refer to the recommended routes outlined by the City of Tampa Transportation department. Parking is encouraged on the perimeter of downtown, the Channel District, Ybor City and Tampa Heights. Consider taking advantage of the public transportation options for easy navigation around downtown Tampa, and utilize the Tampa Riverwalk for pedestrian access between events.

Fans visiting Championship Campus events can stay up-to-date with traffic information, road closures and routing by:

  • Downloading the Waze app for real-time routing instructions.
  • Registering to receive text updates. To sign up, text “CFBPlayoff” to 888777.
  • Following @COT_Traffic on Twitter.
  • Contacting the CFP General Call Center at 1-844-852-8889.

Helpful Hints:

  • Allow for extra travel time as some streets will be restricted in downtown Tampa.
  • Look for wayfinding signage to help guide you into downtown Tampa, parking facilities and to the airport.
  • Be on the lookout for electronic message signs as you enter highways and downtown for messages on traffic, parking and events.
  • All drivers are encouraged to drive with caution and to heed all traffic warnings.
  • Drivers entering downtown Tampa are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrian traffic as the 2017 CFP National Championship festivities will draw a large number pedestrians.