St. Pete’s Historic Ballroom
The historic Coliseum was built in 1924, and purchased by the City of St. Petersburg in 1989. It has undergone extensive renovations, and the architecture and ambiance creates a flexible space to host a variety of events, making it one of the Tampa Bay area's most unique multi-use facilities.
The Coliseum is located in the local historic district of downtown St. Pete, within walking distance of many downtown restaurants, shops & hotels. It offers over 800 parking spaces within walking distance, pre-approved catering options and in-house beverage service, and a friendly, professional, and experienced staff.
Reserve the Coliseum
The Coliseum hosts a wide variety of events, including:
- Banquet with dance floor - 600-800 (60" round tables)
- Banquet, no dance floor - 1100 (8' banquet tables)
- Concert, GA floor - 1800 (no seating)
- Tradeshow - 98 (8’x10’ booths)
Digital Brochures & Forms
The historic Coliseum is well-equipped to host your next event. From trade shows and maker markets to corporate events and social gatherings, the Coliseum adapts to best fit the event, offering decades of event experience in a sought-after venue.
Rental Application & Facility Use
Application & Reservations
The Coliseum will tentatively hold a facility date for 14 days, during which time the prospective User must complete and return a User Application form. Should another applicant request the same date, the original applicant will be given 24 hours to exercise the right of first refusal, and submit a completed User Agreement and appropriate deposit. All uses of The Coliseum facilities are considered tentative until a Use Agreement is completed and the deposit is received. Final determination on uses of The Coliseum facilities remains with the management of The Coliseum.
All requests for facility reservations must be made in writing. Upon renting The Coliseum facility, a Use Agreement will be sent which must be signed, witnessed and submitted to The Coliseum accompanied with the specified deposit. Deposit to be made in the form of a certified check. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Requirements for events at The Coliseum are so variable that it is difficult to define costs of every event within these pages. Any additional costs will be determined after arrangements for each event have been established with The Coliseum Management.
Fees & Requirements
The rental fees charged for use of The Coliseum facilities are on a "four wall" basis. Additional charges will be made for all personnel expenses, electrical services, equipment usage, lighting, sound, tables, chairs, staging risers, and for load-in and rehearsal days other than the performance day. Stagehands are required for operation of stage equipment, sound and lighting.
A 7% State Sales Tax is applied to all rentals and specified services. If you are a non-profit organization that exempts you from State sales tax, proof must be submitted to The Coliseum Management 30 business days prior to the event.
User shall obtain and maintain comprehensive commercial general liability insurance (which shall cover the indemnity) with liability limits of a minimum of $1 million for injuries to or death of more than one person injured or killed in any one occurrence, and $1 million for property damage. Or, User may provide comprehensive commercial general liability insurance with a minimum limit of liability of $1 million single combined limit for personal injury and property damage. All insurance required hereunder shall be issued by a reputable and financially sound insurance company or companies duly authorized to transact business in the State of Florida and acceptable to The Coliseum management. All such insurance shall specifically include contractual liability coverage for this Use and shall name The Coliseum and City of St. Petersburg, Florida, its agents and employees as additional insured parties. Evidence of such insurance coverage shall be delivered to The Coliseum not less than 30 business days prior to the event. The Coliseum reserves and retains the right to prohibit the performance of the event(s) until such insurance coverage is provided. All such insurance shall not be cancelled without written notice to The Coliseum at least 14-business days prior to the event.
Catering & Alcoholic Beverages
The Coliseum Management can provide a list of preferred and facility approved vendors to handle catering requirements. Due to the open catering policy, all caterers are subject to a service fee. All arrangements for the dispensing of alcoholic beverages must be made through The Coliseum.
- Main Floor: 15,500 sq. ft.
- Balcony: Multi-level 1900 sq. ft.
- Alcoves: 10 Alcoves: 14' x 15' each
- 1,800 - GA Floor
- 1,100 - Banquet (8' banquet tables)
- 600-800 - Banquet (60" round/dance floor option)
- Stage Size/Type: Permanent 37' w x 20' d x 5' h
- Floor: Red Oak
- Floor Load: 50 lbs. / sq. ft.
- Show Power: 100 AMP 3 PHASE (stage right) 200 AMP 3 PHASE (stage left)
- Utilities: Electrical power
- Service Doors: (2) 8' h x 8' w
- Ceiling Height: 15' to 34' in the center arch
- Lighting: 34 Pars; mirror ball
- Sound: JBL speakers SL & SR; Mini TOA line array
- Unique 1920's architecture
- 15,500+ sq. ft. of exhibit space
- 2 loading docks
- 3 dressing rooms backstage
- Pre-approved catering list
- 800 parking spaces within walking distance
- Located in downtown historic district, just off I-375
- Local landmark
- Banquet tables 8'-115, 6'-80, 4'-40
- 1,500 Banquet chairs