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elcome to beautiful Tampa Bay, the home of the 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship. During your time here in Tampa Bay, we hope that you will take advantage of the infinite number of things to do. From our critically acclaimed beaches to our big name attractions, world famous shopping and diverse dining and nightlife options, there is something for everyone. Let this Fan Guide be your resource to get out and enjoy all that Tampa Bay has to offer!

Championship Special Events A 48 Hour Celebration of ACC Football As another exciting Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game approaches, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of special events over the course of the weekend. The festivities kickoff on Friday afternoon with the Coaches & Awards Luncheon, presented by Tampa Bay & Company at the Tampa Convention Center. This ticketed event will provide those in attendance the opportunity to hear from both divisional champion head football coaches about their respective roads to Tampa Bay. During the awards portion of the luncheon, this year’s outstanding ACC student athletes will be recognized for their individual achievements. The fun continues Friday night with two unique events, the ACC Night of Legends, presented by the Florida Sports Foundation and Channelside’s Toast to the Atlantic Coast. The Night of Legends is a ticketed function that will honor former ACC greats during a reception at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Channelside’s Toast to the Atlantic Coast is the official downtown pep rally location for fans and is free to attend. Fans will be treated to a night of entertainment, including each participating school’s marching band and the mascots from all the ACC institutions. Game day will bring a whole new level of excitement to the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship, kicking off with ACC FanFest, presented by the Official Corporate Partners of the ACC. This pre-game destination will feature everything you need to get ready for the big game; from top of the line hospitality, food and beverage to interactive games, pep rallies, autograph signings and a country music artist James Otto live concert! Come on out and be a part of the exciting 48 hour celebration surrounding the 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship!


Championship Event Schedule Friday, December 4th ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon 12:00pm *Ticketed Event

Tampa Convention Center Presented by Tampa Bay & Company The Coaches & Awards Luncheon officially kicks off the weekend with both participating coaches discussing their respective roads to Tampa Bay. The 2009 ACC Football Awards will also be presented at this time. Tickets are available. Call 813.218.3814 for ticket information.

ACC Night of Legends 7:00pm *Ticketed Event

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Presented by the Florida Sports Foundation This Legendary Event is an invitation-only party to honor outstanding legends from each ACC institution. Held at the ACC Headquarters Hotel, this party will embody the true spirit of ACC Football, as well as provide the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in college football. Tickets are available. Call 813.218.3814 for ticket information.

Channelside’s Toast to the Atlantic Coast 7:00pm Admission is Free to the Public

Channelside Bay Plaza Join in the excitement of ACC Football at the biggest downtown party during Championship Weekend. Show your spirit alongside the participating school’s marching bands and mascots. Admission is Free.


Championship Event Schedule Saturday, December 5th ACC FanFest 5:00pm

Admission is free to all game ticket holders.

ACC Raymond James Stadium, Lot 6D Presented by the Official Corporate Partners of the ACC The biggest party on Championship Weekend! ACC FanFest is over 200,000 square feet of interactive games, team mascots, pep rallies, food and beverage, autograph signings, game merchandise, jumbotrons, and general family fun! Country Music Artist, James Otto will perform a pre-game concert beginning at 6:30p.m.

ACC Commissioner’s Tailgate 5:30pm-7:30pm Invitation Only Event

Raymond James Stadium West Atrium Presented by the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game 8:00pm See Tickets for Pricing

Raymond James Stadium

To purchase tickets to the ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon or the ACC Night of Legends, please call (813) 342.4075.


Tampa Bay Sports Commission Special Events Sunday, December 6th Under Armour/Youth Football Game Day of Champions 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm Free to Public

Raymond James Stadium Presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Sunday, December 6th Under Armour Hillsborough County High School Football All Star Game 6:00pm Free to Public

Raymond James Stadium Presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Ybor City

FanFest Area Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Quorum

Raymond James Stadium

Hyatt Sheraton Regency Riverwalk Marriott Waterside Intercontinental


Westin Harbour Island



Security Procedures The following items are prohibited from being brought into Raymond James Stadium at the 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.

• Backpacks/duffel bags/large bags

• Food, Drinks, Cans, Bottles, Glass

• Seat cushions

• Banners/flags with sticks or poles

• Video

• Umbrellas (or anything that would obstruct a fan)

• Coolers

• Cameras

• Horns/air horns (artificial noise makers)

• Lasers

• Items that could be missiles or projectiles/fireworks

• Cameras with lens/body/filter longer than 12”

• Thunder sticks

• Footballs

• Large bags

• Pets (except assistive animals)

• Skates, skateboards, skate shoes, all cycles, and segways

No weapons of any description will be allowed in the facility (weapons carried with a permit are also prohibited). Working Tampa Police and Hillsborough County Sheriff officers assigned to work Raymond James Stadium are the only personnel allowed to carry a weapon. All others will be asked to return them to their vehicle. Only hand held signs, banners and flags will be permitted and they may not obstruct the view of other patrons. They must meet approval of TSA staff, and must not contain wood, metal, advertisements, poles or sticks. When a prohibited item is discovered after a patron enters the facility, the item shall be confiscated and disposed. The patron may be ejected from the facility, shall be denied re-entry, and their ticket price will not be refunded. Standard Raymond James Stadium entry procedures are supplemental to these security procedures.


Raymond James Stadium Information Guests should be dropped off and picked up at the Mass Transit Turnaround on Dale Mabry Highway. This area is on the northwest side of the stadium with easy access to the stadium property.

TICKET SCANNING Raymond James Stadium Ticket Takers scan bar codes at all events instead of tearing stubs. Tickets that do not scan will not be permitted into the stadium. Be aware that the tickets purchased from unauthorized sources could be previously used or counterfeit.

RE-SELLING OF TICKETS Re-selling of tickets for any Raymond James Stadium event on the premises is strictly prohibited.

TAILGATING Parking lots open four hours before kickoff and tailgating is permitted in the parking lots surrounding Raymond James Stadium. Tent size is limited to ten by ten (10’ x 10’) and spaces may not be saved as parking is specifically directed. The space behind your vehicle is the space that is your assigned tailgating area. Kegs and large vessels of alcohol will be confiscated. Music levels cannot disturb other tailgaters and footballs cannot be thrown in the parking lots.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT The Tampa Police Department will be working with the city of Tampa Transportation Department staff and Raymond James Stadium staff to make the traffic flow in and around the stadium as smooth as possible. Guests are reminded to be careful and courteous as traffic may be extremely heavy during the Championship game. Please use extra care when traveling to and from the stadium. Look for message boards with parking and traffic information. There are close to 25,000 parking spaces within a quarter mile of the stadium, but car pooling is still recommended to eliminate parking overcrowding.

GATE OPENING TIMES AND SECURITY INSPECTIONS Gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Plan to arrive early for security inspections and bag checks. All bags will be searched and hats need to be removed. See the list of prohibited items.

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS Seating locations and facilities are provided for guests with disabilities, call (813) 350-6500 for an Accessibility Guide. Raymond James Stadium offers two barrier free entrances with an elevator dedicated to each entrance. Please notify the box office for disabled seating requirements when


Raymond James Stadium Information purchasing tickets. We are committed to serving the needs of all guests including those that are physically challenged or mobility impaired. If you require accommodations not mentioned in this brochure, prior to the game, please contact Barbara Casey at (813) 350-6504. Accessible seating is available and the stadium provides assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired.

PROGRAMS To ensure an enjoyable experience, Raymond James Stadium offers a variety of services:  uest Services program to assist with directions, concerns, and problems G anywhere in the stadium. Tele-Text - Have a problem/concern at your seat? Call (813) 350-6501 or text (813) 277-6501, report your location, section, row and seat. Designated Driver - One free soft drink to the designated driver of the group. Safe Ride Home - Free taxi ride home within a 50-mile radius to fans who are intoxicated.

GUEST SERVICES Guest Service booths are located outside on the plazas, near the entrance/exit ramps on the main concourse, and near the center of each upper concourse. Club ticket holders can use the concierge in the east and west club lobbies and at the top of the lobby escalator.

FIRST AID First aid stations are near ramps B and D on the main and upper concourses. Paramedics are positioned on the east and west walkways of the main and upper levels and on the end zone concourse.

LOST AND FOUND Lost and found is at the nearest information booth during an event or call the TSA office weekdays at (813) 350-6500. The TSA office is on the ground level between gates C and D accessed from outside the stadium.

NEED CASH? Six ATMs are located on the main concourse, one on each upper deck, and two on the club level. There is also an ATM outside the stadium near the Box Office windows, between gates C and D.


Fan Hotel Reservations Looking for a discounted hotel room during the Championship? Please go to and click the link for ACC Football Championship Fan Housing. All of the closest hotels are listed at discounted prices. You can book your room online at this website or send in the official housing form to have your stay booked for you. If you have any questions about the area or hotels, please feel free to send an email to We look forward to having you stay with us!

Restaurant Information Bring your appetite for food and fun while you’re here in Tampa Bay. Our team can prepare a wide range of dishes, sure to please any palate. Your dining experience is sure to be a Touchdown! The area’s dining scene is among the most diverse and distinctive in Florida. From the beachfront bistros, serving just-caught seafood, to the Spanish dishes served by families who own and operate their own cafés; good food is always available throughout the Tampa Bay area. Food critics from around the world have traditionally lavished praise on two longtime Tampa favorites, Bern’s Steak House and the original Columbia Restaurant, which first opened in Ybor City in 1905. And one of the restaurant industry’s biggest success stories, the Outback Steakhouse franchise, was launched in Tampa. Start the day with fresh-baked Cuban bread and fresh-brewed café con leche at any number of quaint breakfast spots. Then, spend lunch nibbling on delicacies at SideBern’s or Mise En Place. Select from an eclectic array of fine dining to funky seafood restaurants that seem to be opening at an unprecedented pace. Finish the evening at an outdoor café with a steaming cup of Cuban coffee, a smooth nightcap, a fine cigar or a sumptuous dessert, while you watch the sun fade into beautiful Tampa Bay.


Restaurants For additional details on any of the following restaurants, log on to Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises DOWNTOWN (813) 223-7999 American 725 South Bistro (813) 229-5000 Ashley Street Grille (813) 226-4400 Avanzare (813) 225-1234 Hattricks (813) 225-4288 Café Dufrain (813) 275-9701 Café Waterside (813) 221-4900 Champion’s Sports Bar (813) 221-4900 Fly Bar & Restaurant (813) 275-5000 Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi (813) 277-0112

Asian Sumos Thai Café (813) 849-7866 Thai Thani Restaurant (813) 228-9200

Italian Il Terrazzo (813) 204-6343

Mexican Algusto Fine Mexican Cuisine (813) 250-3500 Margarita Mama’s (813) 228-7300

Southern Stump’s Supper Club (813) 226-2261


Loading Dock Sandwich Pub, The (813) 223-6905

Spain Restaurant/Toma Bar (813) 223-2831

Moxies Café (813) 221-4510

Tinatapas (813) 514-8462

Splitsville (813) 514-2695

Steak and Seafood

The Tampa Club (813) 229-6028 Trolleys American Café (813) 769-8300 University Club of Tampa (813) 223-3737

Gallagher’s Steak House (813) 872-5900

NORTH TAMPA American Council Oak Steakhouse at Seminole Hard Rock (813) 235-6937


Restaurants Cypress Restaurant and Terrace on the Green (813) 973-1111 Saddlebrook Resort (813) 907-4441 Floyd’s / Green Room (813) 627-7625 Great American Grille Restaurant (813) 342-5000 Mangroves Grille (813) 977-7066 Outback Steakhouse North Tampa (813) 969-4329 Outback Steakhouse Temple Terrace (813) 980-0755 Palmtree Grill (813) 933-4011 Parrots Cove Bar & Grill (813) 971-8930 Skipper’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar (813) 971-0666 The Melting Pot N Dale Mabry Hwy (813) 926-6936 The Melting Pot Twin Lakes Boulevard (727) 895-6358 Jason’s Deli (813) 903-0017

Steak and Seafood Dempsey’s Steak House (813) 907-4574

SOUTH TAMPA American 717 South (813) 250-1661 Chez Bryce (813) 258-8100 J. Alexander’s (813) 354-9006 MacDinton’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (813) 251-8999 Mott & Hester Deli Company (813) 289-9758 Mise en Place (813) 254-5373 Nola Café & News Stand (813) 258-8778 SideBern’s (813) 258-2233 Six Tables - Tampa (813) 207-0527 Wine Exchange (813) 254-9463 Outback Steakhouse South Tampa (813) 875-4329

Asian T.C. Choy’s Asian Bistro (813) 251-1191


Restaurants Barbeque Kojaks House of Ribs, Inc. (813) 837-3774

Italian Bella’s Italian Cafe (813) 254-3355 Caffé Paradiso (813) 835-6622 Lauro Ristorante (813) 281-2100

Steak and Seafood Bern’s Steak House (813) 251-2421 Colonnade Restaurant on the Bay, The (813) 839-7558 Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar (813) 254-5870

WESTSHORE American Bar Louie (813) 874-1919 Bay Café (813) 875-1555 Blue Martini (813) 873-2583 Blue Water Grill (813) 289-8200 Café Elise (813) 879-5151 Coconuts (813) 877-6688

Cypress Café, The (813) 879-4800 Galerie Restaurant (813) 888-8800 Kona Grill (813) 877-5938 Latitudes Pub & Grill (813) 243-2600 Petey Browns (813) 207-6780 Panera Bread (813) 877-7533 Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Banquet Center (813) 281-1943 Shark Restaurant and Bar (813) 273-0970 Skyye Bar (813) 879-5151 St. James Bar and Grill (813) 873-8675 Tampa Bistro Blue (813) 287-2555

Asian Café Japon (813) 874-8619 The Bamboo Club Asian Bistro (813) 353-0326

Italian Armani’s (813) 207-6800


Restaurants Brio Tuscan Grille (813) 877-3939

Palm Restaurant (813) 849-7256

Carraba’s Italian Grill (813) 875-4411

Boizao Steakhouse (813) 286-7100

Donatello, Inc. (813) 875-6660

Crabby Bills’ Beach Club (813) 281-0566

Giordano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant of Tampa (813) 872-5900

Sam Seltzer’s Steak House (813) 873-7267

Grape at International Plaza, The (813) 354-WINE Maggiano’s Little Italy (813) 288-9000 Pelagia Trattoria (813) 313-3235

Steak and Seafood Capital Grille, The (813) 830-9433 Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant (813) 873-7697 Shula’s Steak House (813) 286-4366 Charley’s Steak House & Market Fresh Fish (813) 353-9706 Ruth’s Chris Steak House (813) 282-1118 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (813) 874-9463 Oystercatchers (813) 207-6815

View at CK’s (813) 878-6500

YBOR American Fresh Mouth (813) 241-8845 Great American Grill (813) 769-9267 Green Iguana Bar & Grill (813) 248-9555 Jax’s Grill (813) 241-9675 Rock-N-Sports Bar & Grille (813)242.6220 Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant (813) 248-1720 Tampa Improv Comedy Theatre & Restaurant (813) 864-4000

Spanish Columbia Restaurant (813) 248-4961 La Tropicana Café (813) 247-4040


Local Contact Information Telephone Numbers Hotel Reservation and Information Hotline (800) 448-2672 City of Tampa/City Hall (813) 274-7734 Main Post Office (813) 877-0374 Websites Book hotel reservations, search our events calendar, plan your vacation itinerary and signup for Tampa e-mail updates. Emergency Information EMERGENCY 911 Fire Department (813) 272-6600 Police Department (813) 276-3200 Hillsborough County Sheriff (813) 224-9911 U.S. Coast Guard (813) 639-7644 Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222 For help in crisis situation due to homelessness, mobility or disruptive circumstances, contact: First Call for Help (813) 234-1234 Non Emergency Tampa Police Headquarters (813) 231-6130 Florida State Highway Patrol (850) 617-2000 Hillsborough County Highway Patrol (813) 632-6859 AAA Motorist (813) 289-1475 U.S. Coast Guard (727) 824-7534 American Red Cross (877) 741-1444

Urban League of Greater Tampa (813) 229-8117 Visitor Information Centers Tampa Bay Information & Gift Shop Tampa Convention Center 333 South Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 274-8511 Tampa Bay Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop 615 Channelside Drive Suite 108A Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 223-2752 Traffic Road Conditions (800) 576-3886 Road Construction 511 Interstate Construction 511 Tax Tampa and Hillsborough County sales tax is 5 percent. Hotel tax is 7 percent. Total tax is 12 percent. Currency Exchange Tampa International Airport Main Terminal, 3rd Level 5503 West Spruce Street Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 396-3665 Courtesy service for respective hotel guests is available at: Hyatt Regency Tampa; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; Intercontinental Hotel; Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina; Westin Harbour Island; Renaissance International Plaza.


2009 ACC Football Championship Fan Guide  

The 2009 ACC Football Championship Fan Guide. Your source for all things Tampa Bay during the ACC Football Championship.