If you haven’t heard yet or aren’t in town to hear the buzz that’s circling Tampa about Flugtag, then I’m here to fill you in.   

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard the Red Bull tagline: “Red Bull gives you wings,” right? Well Red Bull is teaming up with Tampa Bay to put some truth behind the catchy tagline.

This Saturday, Red Bull is throwing their national Flugtag event in the warm waters of Tampa Bay!  Come watch as Red Bull crazed citizens make human flying machines and launch themselves off of the Tampa Bay Convention Center roof.  The participants will project themselves off of a 30-ft high dock, otherwise known as the “Launch Pad”, located at the back of the convention center to see how far guts and a little engineering will take them.  

This will be the first time Red Bull Flugtag has been to Florida since the Miami competition in 2004. The event will boast over 30 outrageous crafts, with names ranging from “Boots Wit Da Fur” to “The Wrong Brothers,” just to name a few. To see the entire list of team names, see sketches of their ‘air’ crafts and learn more about Red Bull Flugtag Tampa Bay, click here.

Tampa has never before seen an event like this! Shoot, I’ve never seen an event like this, and that’s why I’ll be there bright and early with a Red Bull in one hand and my fear for what’s to come in the other.  

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, I’ll be writing a post-Flugtag blog to fill you in on what went down - literally. But if you can make it, here’s all the info you’ll need to attend this once in a lifetime event:

When & Where?
Red Bull Flugtag Tampa Bay will launch  at the City Park at Tampa Convention Center on July 19, 2008.  Gates open at 11 a.m. (though the waters will be open for boats all day) with the first flight departing at 1 p.m.  Final flight will take off about 3:30 and will be immediately followed by an Awards Ceremony and a jump by the Red Bull Air Force elite skydiving team!

City Park at Tampa Convention Center
Entry Fee?
Nope! The event is 100% FREE to the public and open to all ages
Can I watch from my boat?
Yes. The water will be open to boat traffic all day, but please stay outside the buoy lines marking the flight path for the Red Bull Flugtag flying crafts.  Please note, all TCC (North & South) transient slips are closed to the public from July 18-20,2008.

Where do I park?
Visit http://www.tampasdowntown.com/Map/TDPmap.swf for public parking options.
Is there a way to get there if I don’t drive?
YES!  Take the Trolley or hop aboard HART’s Green  Line. The trolleys run every 10 minutes Saturday, July 19, all day from 10a.m.-2a.m.  
Rides cost $.25 each, $3.25/day (valid on all bus routes and streetcar) or $10/month.  Visit www.goHART.org or call 813-254-4278.

If you have any questions or comments about Red Bull Flugtag Tampa, leave a comment and I’ll blog ya back!