TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Tampa Sports Authority officials released information Tuesday about the production of the IIFA Awards, road closures, and a noise warning as organizers gear up for the event set to take place on April 26, 2014.
Authority officials say production activity began Tuesday. Based on the magnitude of this live event, they say elevated noise levels will be present during various production tests, affecting the community surrounding Raymond James Stadium and may last until 11:00 p.m. nightly through Friday night, April 25th.
After 11:00 p.m., Tampa Sports Authority officials say IIFA organizers will reduce sound levels, but it may be possible that some audible sounds may still be heard adjacent to the stadium. Atmospheric conditions may increase the possibility for sound to travel further distances from the stadium.
On Saturday, April 26, officials say the green carpet arrivals begin at 4:30 p.m. on the south plaza of the venue. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the awards gala is scheduled to run from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Organizers would like to remind the community that this is a live event and the ending time is subject to change. The organizers ask for the public's patience with noise and traffic issues as the TampaBay area hosts this once in a lifetime international event, the authority said.
They’re also reminding everyone that no large bags, duffel bags, luggage or backpacks will be allowed into the stadium.
Box office hours:
Open 10:00 a.m. – Close 5:00 p.m. through Friday, April 25th
Open 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26th.
Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster with the only remaining tickets priced at $500 and $1000.
Thursday, April 24th at 6 a.m., Tampa Bay Blvd will be closed between N. Dale Mabry Hwy. and N. Himes Ave. until Sunday, April 27th at 6 a.m.
Parking lots surrounding Raymond James Stadium will be open to the public beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26th.
Saturday, April 26th at 4 p.m., Himes Ave. between W. Columbus Dr. and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will be closed to thru traffic. It will reopen immediately following the show and egress of event traffic. During that time, motorists will be detoured to N. Dale Mabry Hwy. to park after 4 p.m., motorists should enter the Raymond James Parking area from N. Dale Mabry Hwy. or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The city of Tampa is also announcing traffic warnings saying it will be heavier than normal beginning Wednesday, April 23, 2014 through Saturday, April 26, 2014 in downtown Tampa, particularly during evening hours.
During evening hours, drivers traveling from the west are encouraged to use N. Boulevard and travel into downtown Tampa via the Cass St. Bridge, instead of traveling through downtown via the Kennedy St. Bridge.
The official IIFA hotel is the Hilton Downtown Tampa, located at 211 N. Tampa St., which is anticipated to draw a crowd outside at different times throughout the event week. There may be intermittent lane and road closures along Tampa St. between Kennedy Blvd. and Whiting St. and Jackson St. between Ashley Dr. and Florida Ave. throughout the event to accommodate those crowds.
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