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I asked Jay what he wanted this new place to be known for, and he was definitive in his response.
They plan on having live music at least 6 nights a week. He actually said he wanted it to be known as the "Jannus Landing of Tampa." Now that's a big feat. He is calling Ferg's Live a Concert Venue.
There will be music starting 3 hours prior to any Lightning Game or Major event happening at he Arena, and then a regular schedule for other nights.
There's a nice and pretty unique stage for the bands and DJ's to play on as well. The yellow structure on the second level shown in this photo is the stage.
Another interesting feature is the special VIP Room that is located on the first level under the stage. This room holds up to 25 people and is available to be reserved/rented out. It will come with the space and a roped off area in front of the space as well. Oh, and it is fully air-conditioned!
The outside area is huge in it of itself. There is 4,000 sq ft of outdoor space covered under the awning and I would guess another 4-5k sq. ft in the open area. The total capacity of the venue is just under 1,000.
tidbits of interest to residents
Lunch - There will be lunch served 7 days a week. Residents and people who work downtown now have another lunch spot.
Parking - There are 175 spaces of free parking next to Ferg's. And if that runs out, there are another 200 spots right behind them with only a $1 charge. But there is catch... That is only available if there is nothing happening at the Arena. If there is an event across the street, you are on your own to find parking.
Dogs - For those of you with dogs, which we know is most of you, your canine companion is welcome in the outdoor areas of the venue.
Bikes - There is a Coast Bike Share location right outside of the venue. If we ever get more than the one bike share location that we currently have in Channelside, this may be a good option. If you are riding your own bike, there are plenty of spaces to lock up on the iron gate that encloses the entire venue.
Happy Hours - Happy Hours will be weekdays from 3-7pm. We mentioned to Jay that most of the residents we know are not able to make happy hours that end at 7pm. We find that people who live in Channelide for the most part work late, then go to the gym or workout, and then after all of that, they may want to go grab a drink and some food. He's considering a later happy hour until 10pm just for this reason.
Sundaze - Looking for something relaxed and beach-like to do on Sundays without having to drive all the way out to the beach? Us too!
Ferg's will be doing a weekly event they are calling "Sundaze." Every Sunday starting April 12th they will have a Jimmy Buffet style band starting at 1pm, a Bloody Mary Bar, Green Egg grills making some BBQ, beach games in the courtyard, and the best part... No shirts or shoes required!
Ferg's and Irish 31 are celebrating in a big way. A 4-day celebration where you can play cornhole for a $1,500 cash prize, participate in a get your Jig on Dance Contest for a $500 prize, a Fun walk benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, and a whole bunch of green beer drinking good times.
They are also having the Brew Bus available to shuttle folks between Hyde Park and Channelside every 15 minutes on St. Patrick's Day.