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Yuengling breaks ground for Tampa hotel, expansions

TAMPA — About six years ago, Mark Sharpe spoke with the dean of University of South Florida’s college of pharmacy. The dean said the area lacked a good place to grab a beer. But Sharpe had a place in mind.

a group of people walking down a dirt road: Members of Yuengling and its partners breaks ground for the expansion of its Tampa campus, which will include a 15-story hotel, a restaurant and a concert center, among other new facilities.

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Members of Yuengling and its partners breaks ground for the expansion of its Tampa campus, which will include a 15-story hotel, a restaurant and a concert center, among other new facilities.

That place was the Yuengling brewery just south of the university in Tampa. And on Monday, Sharpe — who is the director of the Tampa Innovation Partnership — spoke at a ground breaking for a new hotel and other expansions at Yuengling’s Tampa location.

“I knew that what we had here, in the raw, was a diamond, and that this university area could take off,” Sharpe said.

Despite hits to the tourism industry during the pandemic, Yuengling plans to add a 15-story hotel to its Tampa location, as well as a restaurant, concert pavilion, gift shop and outdoor beer garden to its grounds.

The project is scheduled to be completed by early 2022, with the hotel projected to open a year later. Alliant Partners is developing the project, with design managed by Alfonso Architects and construction run by Miller Brothers.

Jen Yuengling, vice president of operations and part of the 6th generation of family members to lead it, said the pandemic allowed the company to step back and reevaluate its plans for the expansion, which it hopes will be completed by the time the tourism industry has rebounded.

“I think in some ways it was a godsend in that we didn’t have this already completed and then would be suffering,” she told the Tampa Bay Times.

Since the company first filed plans for expansion in 2019, and after the outbreak of COVID-19, the project has pivoted to focus more on outdoor spaces and sanitation, Yuengling said. Renderings for the project show modern, wide-open spaces with plenty of wood paneling and grays.

The company has two other breweries besides the one in Tampa. Both are located in Pottsville, Pa. where the company is based. It purchased its more than 350,000 square foot Tampa location from Stroh Brewing Company in 1999.

Yuengling believes the hotel will draw from a wide range of demographics, such as professionals with Moffitt Cancer Center, academics visiting USF and families visiting Busch Gardens. The Tampa brewery at 11111 N 30th Street is located near them all, as well as within 30 minutes from other destinations like ZooTampa and the Florida Aquarium.

“Our brewery falls centrally in the development zone, the focus of revitalization efforts and also around the city’s leading education, technology and entertainment enterprises,” Yuengling said during a speech at Monday’s groundbreaking.

Tampa District 7 city councilman Luis Viera connected the hotel to a wider trend of development in the North Tampa area.

“I always say that something that the North Tampa area, the USF area needs, is

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How to buy 2020 World Series tickets, travel, lodging | Tampa Bay Rays win American League pennant

The Tampa Bay Rays punched their ticket to the 2020 World Series on Wednesday, and their fans can follow them to Arlington, Texas.

MLB is allowing fans to attend the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Park after doing so during the National League Championship Series in the same venue.

Fans interested in attending can buy tickets to the games at TicketSmarter or StubHub and book travel to Arlington via Trip Advisor, Expedia or Priceline, and lodging via Hotels.com or Choice Hotels.

MLB is allowing 11,500 fans into the stands at Globe Life Park — about 28% of its total capacity.

Tickets will be sold in “pods” of four contiguous seats, with each pod distanced by at least 6 feet and placed in a checkerboard pattern, with alternating rows of seats in the middle or rows and at the ends, according to ESPN. Unsold seats will be tied back.

Other than while they are eating or drinking at their ticketed seats, fans will be mandated to wear masks.

The decision to play in Arlington — a result of the coronavirus pandemic — marks the first time in history the World Series will be played on a neutral field.

The Rays advanced by defeating the Astros in the American League Championship Series in seven games. It is the second World Series appearance in Rays franchise history.

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