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The Florida State Fairgrounds


The Florida State Fairgrounds is a 325-acre indoor and outdoor complex conveniently located at the junction of I-4, I-75 and U.S. Highway 301. Indoor venues, ranging from 5,000+ to 87,000+ square feet, and vast outdoor spaces offer flexibility and versatility to meet the needs of any event. Whether you are planning a meeting, festival, trade show, convention or sporting event, we have the location, service and experience to make your event a complete success. The Florida State Fairgrounds is home to the annual Florida State Fair, The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, The Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr.Cracker Country Living History Museum and Live Nation Amphitheater. The Fairgrounds is near some of Florida’s most popular attractions, beaches, state parks, malls and numerous hotels and restaurants. The Fairgrounds’ staff aims to surpass client and customer expectations with every event. Host your next event at the Florida State Fairgrounds to experience first-hand all the benefits we have to offer.

• 325-acre Complex with Indoor and Outdoor Options
• 15,000+ Lighted Parking Spaces
• 150+ Camping Spaces with Full Hook-ups
• Box Office Services
• Catering and Concessions Services
• Event Security Services
• On-site Facility Management Services
• Preferred Hotel Program
• On-site Golf Car Rentals

Expo Hall

Special Events Convention
Performance Food Group
With 87,000+ square feet of exhibit space, the Expo Hall features 45-foot high ceilings, drive-through doors for easy load-in and load-out accessibility, renovated restrooms. This building also offers flexibility in meeting space with eight meeting rooms to accommodate your breakout sessions as well as two upgraded show offices. The meeting rooms can be divided by lockable partition walls with separate entrances or left open based upon the event.Expo Hall can be combined with the adjacent Entertainment Hall to create a flexible footprint totaling 138,000 square feet.Alone or combined with the EntertainmentHall, this venue is the perfect location for large events. Consider hosting your next fundraiser, consumer or trade show, conference or sporting event in the Expo Hall.

• Complimentary Wi-Fi

• On-site Camping Eight Meeting Rooms
• Show Offices
• Multiple Ceiling Rigging Points
• Portable Bleachers for Additional Seating
• Fenced Exhibitor Lot
• Renovated Restrooms
• Three Drive-Through Doors
• Power in Floor
• Water Access in Floor
• Climate Controlled Building
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• On-site Camping

Entertainment Hall

Performance Food Group
Junior League of Tampa Bay Holiday Gift Market
Cattle Baron's Ball
Entertainment Hall - Great Acoustical and Lighting Capabilities
• Multifunctional
• 52,000 Square Feet
• 36-foot High Ceiling
• Expands up to 140,000 Square Feet with adjacent Expo Hall
• Easy Move-in and Move-out with roll up doors measuring 10' X 20' and 16' X 20'
• Climate Controlled
• Portable Bleacher Seating for up to 5,000 Attendees
• Concessions
• Dressing Rooms or Show Office

Special Events Center

Special Events Center - Ideal for any Occasion
• Private or Corporate Parties
• Business Functions
• Trade Shows
• Sporting Events
• Multifunctional
• 40,000 Square Feet
• 25-foot High Ceiling
• Folding Acoustical Wall to Divide Space into 15,000 or 24,000+ Square Feet
• Climate Controlled • Easy Move-in and Move-out with two (2) 16' X 20' Roll up Doors
• Accommodates Over 200 Booth Spaces • Versatile Seating Layouts for up to 4,000 Attendees

Florida Center and Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens
Florida Center and Botanical Gardens - Perfect for Private or Public Functions
• Weddings, Receptions
• Reunions, Parties
• Fashion Shows, Fundraisers
• Upscale Trade Shows
• Meetings
• Seminars
• 12,280 Square Feet
• 18-foot Ceiling
• Climate Controlled
• Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens
• Outdoor Terrace for Entertaining
• Versatile Seating Layouts


• 11,000 Square Feet
• Climate Controlled
• Festival or Banquet Seating Options
• Receptions
• Smaller Trade Show

Waterfront Cafe

Waterfront Cafe
Waterfront Cafe - Perfect for Small Outdoor Gathering, Day or Night
• 3,500 Square Feet
• Open Air Space
• Covered with Side Enclosures
• Ceiling Fans

Other Outdoor Locations

• Midway – 1,620,000 Square Feet
• Mall – 300,000 Square Feet
• Oak Grove – 80,000 Square Feet
• Terrace – 15,828 Square Feet
• North Pad – 15,000 Square Feet
• Domes – Three (3) Domes Available, 1-10,500 Square Feet, 2-6,400 Square Feet
• Cracker Country – 5 Acres

The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center

• Horse Shows
• Rodeos
• Dog Shows
• Agricultural Events
• VIP Banquets
• Stampede Premium Covered Arena
• Outdoor Arena
• Gran Prix Arena
• Warm-up Ring
• Exercise Grounds
• 471 Horse Stalls
• Concessions

Charlie Lykes Arena

• 62,000 Square Feet
• 45-foot High Ceiling
• Permanent Bleacher Seating for up to 2,000 Attendees
• Additional Temporary Bleacher Seating Available
• Trade Shows
• Sporting Events
• Dog Shows
• Agricultural Events
Total flexibility and versatile accommodations allow the Florida State Fairgrounds to meet the needs of any event.
Additional Equipment and Services:
Catering and Concessions by Centerplate
Centerplate is our exclusive provider of all food and beverage services, except for Festivals and ethnic events. For all your event catering and concession needs, please contact them directly. Mike Rodgers, General Manager at
Security Services by Andy Frain
Security staff is available for your event. In addition, we work with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for any deputy needs.
Club Car Golf Cars by Jeffrey Allen
For golf car rentals, contact Jeffrey Allen at 800-282-6256.
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All gates are closed unless events are taking place. Orient Road is the 24-hour Florida State Fairgrounds service entrance.
17,000 Lighted parking spaces.
Hotel Partners
Offering exceptional service and competitive pricing, our Hotel Partners are conveniently located near the Fairgrounds.
Click here for our Preferred Hotel Partners.
RV Camping
150+ Camping spaces with full hook-ups available for exhibitors, vendors and patrons.
As a show facility, we can offer many items needed for events such as a Box Office Program, tables, chairs, stages, bike fencing and more.
For your convenience an onsite Event Coordinator is part of your facility rental.
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