Fox Hollow, FL – In the event you are one of the lucky few Trump supporters (about 10,000 to be exact) in the Tampa Bay area that got their hands on a pair of tickets, then sit down and get comfy because this post is for you!
If you are not familiar with the USF area then you are likely going to get stuck in some of the worst traffic you have ever seen. As an alum of USF and current graduate student, I will walk you around campus and give you tips on what areas to check out, and which ones to avoid.
Now as you know the rally will be held at the USF Sun Dome which is located at the corner of Alumni Drive and Bull Run. To access the Sun Dome, you have a ton of different options depending upon which direction you are coming from. Now I could go into detail and paragraph after paragraph trying to describe these routes to you, or I could just take a second to show you a map (see below).
Now if you can get on campus before 4:30P then you can hit the USF Visitors Center which is located at the main Fowler Ave entrance to campus and secure parking for only $5.00 and a spot right next to the Sun Dome. However if you can’t get to campus until after 4:30P then get prepared to shell out some serious bucks… to be exact $20. So do everything you can to show up before 4:30P if at all possible to not only save $15 bucks but to also get prime parking, and get into line early to get some nice seats.
The Sun Dome is outfitted like a mini-Amalie Arena, which includes full-service concession stands that serve booze, beer, and all types of fried goodies. The Sun Dome used to be a crumbling dump until a few years ago when USF spent a few million dollars upgrading it from crap to the jewel of the American Athletic Conference.
This massive building was built back in the 1970’s and is an almost carbon copy of the University of Florida’s O’Connel Center (i.e. the Gators). They were built by the same firm, and the plans are identical. Today the Sun Dome is only used by the University for basketball, volleyball, a few concerts, political rallies, and commencement (i.e. graduation to you rubes).
Now I’m not sure if the Sun Dome is going to be serving up beer and goodies for the rally. It would make sense for them to do it from a profit standpoint given that this event is sold out, and the doors open about 2 hours before Trump’s plane even lands at TIA.
So common sense would dictate that they should serve at least some hot dogs and hamburgers. Given the horrible state of the USF Men’s basketball program over the past five years, it would make sense for the Sun Dome to unload as much extra food as possible, but hey that’s just me and there is no guarantee that they will serve much of anything.
In the event they don’t open up the concession stands inside the Sun Dome, you have other options on campus. The USF Marshall Student Center is located in the heart of campus and is equipped with a full-service food court that includes a Chick-Fi-La, Sub Way, Moes, Panda Express, and Pizza Joint. In addition to the food court, the Marshall Center also has a full-service Beef-O-Brady’s that serves booze and beer after 5 PM! The Marshall Center is located on the map just north of MLK Plaza.
Now as far as sights on campus, well we have “Rocky’s Creek” which is a new bronze bull water feature that can be found out side the Marshall Center. It’s tradition after graduation for students to climb on top on these Bulls for pictures despite the best attempts of the USF Police Dept. and Campus Security to stop them from doing it. Also, at the Marshall Center is the “Chia Bull” which is a massive bull topiary that is located on the other side of the Marshall Center, exactly opposite from Rocky’s Creek. As its name suggests its a giant chia pet like Bull that stands about 15ft tall.
USF which was founded back on 1956 by the Florida legislature doesn’t have the traditional college clock tower in the middle of campus, but we do have a massive water tower that can be seen from miles around. Other sights on campus might include the MLK Plaza area, and to be honest, this isn’t really a popular sight on campus or landmark. It’s more of a desperate ploy by USF to make itself more diverse and minority friendly.
Typically colleges erect monuments to famous people that either graduated or visited campus. This is not the case with MLK Plaza which was thrown together in the early 1980’s by a bunch of uber liberal professors and administrators (which includes the Kathy Castor klan) to coincide with the new MLK Federal holiday that was first observed way back in 1986.
As far as famous alums go, USF has its fair share. The most notable alums include Hulk Hogan (who didn’t graduate, but attended), Gallagher, Tony LaRussa, and 80’s supermodel Lauren Hutton. Personally, I would much rather see a Hulk Hogan or Gallagher statue on campus over MLK who didn’t even know USF existed. Just saying.
History and sights aside, let’s get down to security and the crackpots YOU WILL encounter on campus. After all, USF is a college, and the majority of its students are thoroughly brainwashed by uber liberal douche bags. Now as I understand USF PD along with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office is supposed to move any and all protesters to a secure and very distant protest safe zone. Now assuming that actually occurs then things should be quiet, but I wouldn’t count on it.
While USF has a sizeable Christian and Republican presence on campus… more so than other college campuses, USF also has a ton of Muslim and liberal students. In the end, the conservative student body is outnumbered by a ratio of 3-2. Remember the Sammy Al-Arian fiasco back in the early 2000’s after 9/11? Well, that occurred here at USF.
So as far as trouble makers go you can expect to encounter a large group of Muslims to be part of whatever protests occur in or around the Sun Dome or wherever they end up sticking the protesters.
Now some of you might be coming from out of town, or not be familiar with gun laws on campus. In a nutshell, it is a felony to conceal or open carry a weapon on campus, even if you have a permit. It used to be a felony to even have a gun in your car on campus. However, a recent Appeals Court ruling in Florida ruled that law-abiding citizens can carry a gun on campus so long as it’s kept locked inside your vehicle and out of sight. Essentially utilize the 3 Step Rule to be safe, even if you have a Florida Concealed Weapons Permit.
In the end, if you want my 2-cents on what to do on rally night then I would suggest getting on campus before 4:30P to take advantage of the cheaper parking rates, and hit the USF Marshall Center Beef’s for some beers and fried food before the rally. Naturally I will be there and won’t be wearing my signature Mandalorian tactical body armor so good luck figuring out who I am, but rest assured I will be there enjoying a brew before the rally.
For those that won’t be able to attend this rally, don’t fret. I will be live streaming the rally for as long as the battery on my iPhone holds out. I will also be bringing a few backup cameras in the event my iPhone battery croaks before the rally begins. You will be able to catch my live stream on my YouTube Channel which can be viewed by clicking on this link – Whiskey Tango Fett.
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