Downtown Tampa can be easily navigated by using a TECO Streetcar or Yellow Cab. Amalie Arena is easily accessible for a Tampa Bay Lightning game via the TECO line which can also take you to Ybor City for dinner and drinks. Worst case scenario, grab a taxi to get to Raymond James Stadium for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game or to get to an alternative dining spot.
A rental car isn’t really necessary if you’re sticking to downtown Tampa but can be considered if you’re going to a football game or if you’re looking to spend a day in St. Petersburg or on the beach.
Check out ExecuCar, SuperShuttle or public transportation to get downtown from Tampa International (TPA) or St. Pete-Clearwater (Pie) airports.