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Know Before You Go!




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 suggested 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 Women’s Final Four events can stay up-to-date with traffic information, road closures and routing by: 



Helpful Hints: 

  • Allow for extra travel time as you may experience congestion or road closures 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 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four festivities are expected to draw a large number of pedestrians.


Prohibited Items

For ease of accessing Women’s Final Four events, attendees are encouraged to travel as lightly as possible. This will help expedite the screening process at designated checkpoints. The following items are not permitted at Women’s Final Four fan events:


  • Bags larger than 12x12x12 inches, backpacks or wrapped packages

  • Cameras with lenses smaller than 4” will be permitted, but camera bags will not be permitted.

  • Selfie Sticks

  • iPads and GoPros

  • Binoculars are permitted, but binocular bags are not permitted.

  • Video or audio recording devices

  • Laser pointers

  • Weapons of any kind

  • Bottles, cans, or containers of any kind

  • Sharp objects, sticks or poles of any kind

  • Fireworks

  • Pepper spray or mace

  • Food or beverage items

  • Drugs or controlled substances

  • Chairs, folding chairs or any other type of individual chair for use

  • Wrapped gifts

  • Large banners or signs, banners or signs with objectionable language, banners or signs on a pole of any kind

  • Clothing with offensive language


Please note, prohibited items discovered inside the designated area or any items left unattended for any amount of time are subject to confiscation. Prohibited items discovered during security inspections at the checkpoints must be either returned to the owner’s vehicle or discarded. There are no lockers or safekeeping locations offered at the event.


Tampa Riverwalk Alcohol Ordinance

Women’s Final Four guests attending events in downtown Tampa will be permitted to walk throughout the Tampa Riverwalk with alcoholic beverages, provided that they are carried in official Riverwalk cups.

  • No outside alcohol will be allowed in the event.

  • Guests who are obviously impaired will not be admitted through the event checkpoint at the discretion of event management.

  • You must be at least 21-years-old to purchase alcohol. All alcohol sales require a picture ID as proof of age.

  • No Identification; No Alcohol.

  • Select businesses within the designated area will offer a special cup that allows fans to take their drink with them as they stroll along the Riverwalk. Locations include:

    • Armature Works

    • Ulele Restaurant and Ulele Spring Brewery

    • Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    • Riverwalk Café

    • Four Green Fields

    • Remedy

    • Malio’s Prime Steakhouse

    • Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk

    • The Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk / The Bay Bar

    • Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

    • Columbia Cafe At The Tampa Bay History Center


Lost Children

Parents or guardians reporting lost children should immediately contact a police officer or event security. Report a lost child by contacting your nearest law enforcement officer, or by dialing the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130. The child’s information will be provided to the law enforcement command post.

If a police officer, event staff employee, security employee or volunteer finds a lost child, every effort will be made to quickly return the child to the parents/guardians.

A police officer or designee will stay with the child until the parents/guardians are located. If the parents/guardians cannot be located in a reasonable amount of time, the police officer will bring the child to the law enforcement command post until the parties are reunited.

Park Appropriately

Providing a safe and enjoyable environment is the top priority for public safety officials. Suspicious and illegally parked vehicles will be immediately towed from the event at the owner’s expense.

Lost and Found

Reports of lost, found or stolen items can be made at any Guest Relations booth or to any police officer at the event. Lost and stolen item reports may be made by calling the Tampa Police Department non-emergency line at (813) 231-6130.


Guest Conduct

We are confident that all Women’s Final Four guests will display great enthusiasm, team support, hospitality and sportsmanship. Our goal is to promote a high-energy environment while maintaining a wholesome, family-oriented atmosphere by defining certain acts or types of behavior that are unacceptable. Irresponsible conduct will not be tolerated at any event. Unruly patrons will be subject to ejection, and possible arrest.


Alert Tampa

The Tampa Bay community is excited to host its third Women’s Final Four, and we encourage residents to sign up for the Alert Tampa emergency notification system. As our community welcomes Women’s Final Four fans, the City of Tampa is expecting increased congestion and delays in the areas surrounding Amalie Arena, Tampa Convention Center and Curtis Hixon Park from Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7.


By signing up for this system, residents will receive important updates on the potential impacts of Women’s Final Four including traffic, noise, and crowds. For the full schedule of events, visit here.


You can also follow Alert Tampa on Twitter at @AlertTampa.


Women’s Final Four Sustainability Efforts

Elevated recycling efforts will be taking place alongside the Women's Final Four events as the Tampa Bay Local Organizing works to achieve the Council for Responsible Sport certification. For more information, click here.

Please refer to our Downtown Tampa map for quick reference when navigating Women’s Final Four events. 

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