The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Tampa Bay Downs offers a unique experience for couples looking for a venue that is unlike most. As the west coast of Florida’s only thoroughbred horse race track, Tampa Bay Downs gives every event an extra bit of excitement and is the ideal location for derby or equine-themed wedding celebrations. Couples can choose from several indoor and outdoor spaces that cater to parties of any size and can give wedding guests an experience they’ll always remember.
Trackside Pavilion. A lovely outdoor location, this versatile space accommodates parties of 100 up to 1,000. This area is located near the paddock—ideal for horse lovers. It also is tented, so events can have an indoor/outdoor feel. The pavilion comes complete with a picnic area as well for couples who want a more casual atmosphere for guests to mingle.
The Clubhouse. This space occupies the second level of the clubhouse and has enclosed theater-style seating for parties of 20 to 214. This modern-looking space is bright and has simple decor that makes it easy for couples to incorporate their own colors and styles.
Trackside Garden Suite. This lovely space is the most elite spot at Tampa Bay Downs and accommodates groups of 20 or more guests. It offers three-level seating for a unique wedding reception spot.
The Party Suite. For smaller gatherings of 50 to 100 people, the Party Suite offers a beautiful room where guests have an excellent view of the finish line. The room is climate controlled and has private restrooms.
Skye Terrace Dining Room. This room is located on the third floor of the clubhouse and has panoramic views of the entire racetrack. The Skye Terrace Dining Room accommodates 20 to 70 guests, so it works best for small ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and receptions.
The Veranda. This lovely covered outdoor location works well for intimate ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and cocktail receptions. Located just down from the finish line, it has nice views of the track and the Winner’s Circle. The veranda can host parties of 20 to 40 people.
What You Should Know
Tampa Bay Downs has a variety of wedding packages for couples to choose from. They include "Sophisticated Charm," "Endless Bliss" and "Cherish the Moments," each offering a three-course served menu or grand buffet, champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres with butler service.
Tampa Bay Downs has some restrictions couples should be aware of in considering this venue. The Party Suite is not handicapped accessible and bar service is available in that location for an additional fee. Also, events in the Skye Terrace Dining Room require complying with a dress code that does not permit shorts or skirts for women and men must wear shirts with collars.
Tampa Bay Downs has a dedicated staff committed to working with couples to create memories for them and their guests to always remember. The professional bridal consultants are there throughout the planning process to help you so that your wedding is seamless and stress-free. Other perks offered at Tampa Bay Downs are:
- Valet parking and shuttle service
- Have a race named in honor of your group
- Interesting photo opportunities: horses, paddocks and trackside
From the Vendor
Ultimate Wedding Destination
Centrally located in upper Tampa Bay, our professional bridal consultants will personalize your unique experience. Our serene and tranquil ceremony sites offers options for every discerning bride. Ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners are all accommodated.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$ – Inexpensive
Ballroom, Garden, Historic Venue, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
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. 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.