TAMPA — It’s very confusing here in Tampa. If you ask to go to the Convention Center, you are not actually asking for the directions to the Republican National Convention. The convention is meeting in the building next door called the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Convention Center houses press room and various exhibits.
I figured this out in the following interaction with a very helpful convention guide who was trying really hard to send me in the right direction.
Our interaction went something like this:
“I want to go to the Convention Center.”
“That’s behind you, where you just walked out.”
“But I want to go to where the convention is meeting.”
“Oh, that’s this way.” He pointed opposite the building I just walked out of. “You want the Forum.”
“But I just walked out of the Convention Center, right?”
“Yes, but the convention is in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.”
“So the convention is not in the Convention Center.”