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Skatepark of Tampa celebrates 20th anniversary with Ybor party
A lot has happened in the nearly two decades since the first skater dropped into the half pipe at Skatepark of Tampa. The nondescript complex, built in a warehouse on Tampa's East Columbus Drive, has since been recreated in a Tony Hawk video game, hosted celebrity skate sessions with the likes of Lil' Wayne and had its Tampa skyline logo emblazoned on the box of a limited-edition run of Nike sneakers. Meanwhile the park's annual Tampa Pro and Tampa Am events have grown into two of the premiere competitions in skateboarding, drawing top talent from around the world. On Saturday, the park will celebrate its success with a 20th anniversary concert and party at Czar nightclub in Ybor City, headlined by hip-hop artists Souls of Mischief and Killer Mike.The anniversary party coincides with this year's Tampa Am, which runs Thursday to Sunday. Several hundred amateur skateboarders will be there to flip, slide and jump their way through the competition, which serves as an unofficial world championship for top amateurs from around the globe. Veteran indie rappers Souls of Mischief reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts with its 1993 hit "93 'til Infinity." The song's title, referencing the same year the Skatepark of Tampa opened to the public, has become the park's motto, appearing on official skateboards and T-shirts. Killer Mike released his critically-acclaimed, sixth album "R.A.P. Music" in May. Jensen Serf Company, Cuates and The Shrine are also set to perform at the party, which features a DJ set from 95.7 The Beat's DJ Sandman. Advance tickets to the anniversary party at Czar are available for $15 from Skatepark of Tampa, SPoT Ybor or ticketmaster.com. Admission at the door is $20. Admission to watch the Tampa Am competition is $5 for Thursday and Friday, and $10 on Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule is available at skateparkoftampa.com.
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