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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ's

  • Where is Tampa Bay Downs located?

    It is very easy to find the Race Track. It is located at 11225 Race Track Rd., Tampa, FL 33626.  Click here for more detailed directions.
  • What is the cost of admission?

    General admission to Tampa Bay Downs is FREE ($3.00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  When accompanied by an adult, children 12-and-under are admitted free.  This admission is the same for Giveaway Days.  Reserved Seating sold separately.
  • How long is the Tampa Bay Downs Meet?

    Tampa's 2020-2021 racing season began on Wednesday, July 1 and runs through Wednesday, June 30 (the traditional seasonal meeting runs from Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, May 2). The Tampa Bay Downs season runs 90 days.         Click here for the complete calendar.
  • Where should I park?

    As soon as you drive toward the track, you will see numerous parking signs.  General parking is free. Gates for the trackside parking lot open at 11 a.m. There is  handicapped parking available at the Grandstand and Clubhouse entrances.  
  • How do I make restaurant reservations?

    For dinning reservations in the Skye Terrace restaurant, make your reservation online here   Skye Terrace Online reservations or call the Skye Terrace at 813-855-4401 ext 1315. Online reservation are preferred.

    For a more casual meal, the Sports Gallery at 813-855-4401, ext. 1257.

    Click here for all dining options.
  • When should I get to the track?

    For the best seating, it is recommended that you get to the track early, especially on Giveaway Days! Admission gates open at 11 a.m. On Festival Day, Saturday, March 6, 2021, gates open at 10 a.m.

  • What should I wear?

    If you are just coming to hang out in the Grandstand (the main area) or on the lawns near the paddock, we recommend comfortable shoes and casual clothing - hats are always fun and in the spirit of the track. Shoes and shirts are always required.  For the Clubhouse and Skye Terrace Restaurant, proper attire is required at the discretion of management.   Feel free to call 813-855-4401 with questions.  
  • Are coolers permitted?

    You CAN bring coolers if you are planning on watching the races on the lawns in the Backyard Picnic Area. You are not allowed to bring your cooler anywhere inside the building or grandstand apron. Absolutely NO glass containers. All coolers and any other carry-in items are subject to inspection by Security.
  • What time is Post Time?

    The first post time of each racing day is approximately 12:25 p.m., except on Festival Day, Saturday, March 6, 2021 and Kentucky Derby Day, May 1, 2021, when the first post time is noon.
  • Is there any air-conditioning?

    There is air-conditioning available in the Clubhouse, interior of the Grandstand and the luxury suite.   
  • Are there any picnic areas that can be reserved at the track?

    Unfortunately, the picnic areas cannot be reserved.
  • What are the giveaways?

    There are several giveaway days (always Saturdays) throughout the Tampa Bay Downs meet each year. On these days, you are entitled to a free promotional gift with purchase of admission while supplies last. These promotions range from ball caps and T-shirts to folding chairs and coolers. Every year, there is a different lineup of giveaways.   
  • Is there any reserved seating available?

    If you are interested in Grandstand Box Seats, get to the track early as a limited number of these seats are available on race days. See the Box Seat Usher. For more information on reserved seats call 813-855-4401, ext. 1350.  
  • How do I contact the Track?

    For information prior to the season, call 813-855-4401.  For questions, comments or suggestions about this website, please use our contact form.
  • How do I get a job?

    You would need to call 813-855-4401 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or mail a request for an application to: Human Resources, P.O. Box 2007, Oldsmar, FL 34677.  Visit our Employment Page.
  • Is there any Internet connection available at the Race Track for a laptop computer?

    Yes, there is a wireless connection available for laptops at the track.
  • Can you tell me more about the private suites at the track?

    Our newest facility offers you the ultimate in pampered hospitality. Enjoy live racing excitement with high-end amenities. You’ll be very impressed by how close you are to the action with Tampa Bay Downs’ most exclusive venue. Towering just trackside, the Stella Artois Trackside Garden Suite is dramatically positioned to provide you unparalleled views to racing action. Hear the thunder of each gallop and see the gallantry of jockey and horse in the “suitest” spot on the Track. Call Group Sales for more information at 813-855-4401, ext. 1386.

  • Are there designated handicapped seating areas, services and parking?

    There are specially marked areas designated for wheelchairs in the Clubhouse behind the reserved seat section. One person may accompany and sit with the handicapped person in these areas, and there is handicapped parking available at the Clubhouse. There are no motorized vehicles or scooters available for rent at the Race Track, so any desired arrangements for such services must be made separately.
  • Is there a Will Call Box Office where I can leave tickets for friends to pick up?

    Yes, there are three Will Call pick-up stations at the Track - one for the Clubhouse, one for the Grandstand and one for the Paddock. If you call 813-855-4401, ext. 1350 they can put you in line with the Will Call ticket station you are looking for.