Tampa Bay Downs is a wedding and event venue in Tampa, Florida. This venue is centrally located in upper Tampa Bay and offers a wide range of ceremony and reception sites.
Facilities and Capacity
The Grandstand is an open air, covered stadium with theatre-style seating that offers access to consessions, betting windows, the paddock and track apron. The Grandstand can accommodate 3,000 guests. The Party Suite is a climate-controlled room with an excellent view of the finish line and private restrooms. The Party Suite is a great space for luncheons and other events. It accommodates 100 guests. The Veranda is an outdoor, covered area just past the finish line with a stunning view of the track. It is directly across from the winner’s circle and can accommodate 40 guests. The second floor of the Clubhouse is an enclosed, climate-controlled space with theatre-style seating and room for tables. It can accommodate 215 guests. The Skype Terrace Dining Room is located on the third floor of the Clubhouse and overlooks the entire track. It features fine dining options, panoramic views, and upscale decor. It can accommodate 70 guests. The Trackside Pavilion is located in the picnic area and great for large events. There is room for tents and close to the racing action. This outdoor area can accommodate 1,000 guests.
Tampa Bay Downs can host your ceremony, reception, engagement party, showers and other wedding events. They offer event planning, catering, set up and clean up. They can take care of all your needs including entertainment, floral decor, photography and other important vendors.
Your planners and culinary team at Tampa Bay Downs work with you to create custom menus for all your events. Some of their dishes include chicken marsala, blackened chicken with red pepper sauce, dill lemon pepper tilapia and much more. Their reception packages include butler served hors d’oeuvres, rolls and salads served tableside, a three course menu or grand buffet and wedding cake cutting and serving. They also offer a four hour call brand open bar, four hour premium open bar and a hosted bar on consumption.
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Jess · Married on 05/19/2018
Choosing Tampa Bay Downs as our wedding venue was the first and best decision we made during the wedding planning process. There are multiple unique options for ceremony sites and the Skye Terrace is an awesome site for a reception, with it's giant window overlooking the racetrack and infield. Pricing was very reasonable for food options, as well as for a hosted bar. We were able to utilize the luxurious VIP suite for the bridal party and enjoyed mimosas while we put on finishing makeup touches. Our bartender, Kim was a sweetheart and she went out of her way to make my girls and me feel welcome. Nicole, who is the event coordinator there, was not only incredibly organized and supportive but she also provided us with recommendations for an officiant, photographer, DJ, cake shop, and hotel. All of which we ended up booking and all of which were absolutely amazing. Nicole also went out of her way to answer all of my questions throughout the wedding planning process and provided day-of wedding coordinator services at no extra charge. She and her counterpart, Kevin, also helped execute a last minute ceremony site change due to rain. In fact, every racetrack staff member we encountered was amazing and helpful. I would not have changed a thing about our wedding, especially choosing Tampa Bay Downs. You can't go wrong with Nicole and her amazing team.Sent on 06/01/2018
Ashley S. · Married on 05/12/2018
Best experience...dream day!
Nicole and her team at Tampa Bay Downs were amazing. Leading up to our wedding she answered every question and responded promptly. She was very patient and helpful. Her staff the day of was absolutely amazing. They all went above and beyond to help the night run smoothly. The food was outstanding. Everyone there raved about it! The setting was beautiful and they had various spots on the grounds that could be utilized. The price could not come close to being beat for what we received. I never would have thought to get married at the Downs but after working with Nicole and her team I wish we could do it all over again. It was by far the best experience ever.Sent on 09/05/2019
Ashley · Married on 10/08/2016
Absolutely perfect! I could write a novel on how great this place was. Its beautiful, awesome food and having a coordinator as great as nicole is...for such a great price! You cant beat it! Nicole is what really makes this place the best. She is super sweet and so helpful and was always there for every question or advice I needed. And shes there the day of to make sure everything goes right so i didnt have to worry about a thing. I just got to enjoy the night. The ceremony outside was so nice and our pictures came out beautiful over the bridge and under these trees with hanging greenery and moss. Everyone loved the food and the staff was very nice. The reception was so much fun! There's a nice dance floor and bar area and pleanty of room. Chairs and tables included. I wish I could write everything I want to but I know people only read so much of a review. If you got this far on my review.....go to the downs and talk to Nicole. It's such an amazing memory.Sent on 11/10/2016
Oh and they let us rent the starting gate for pictures!