Organizers look to change date of "Bollywood" International Indian Film Awards in Tampa Bay

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Tampa, Florida -- The Bay area will get a taste of Bollywood sooner than expected.

The International Indian Film Academy is looking to hold its 15th annual version of the awards ceremony at the end of April, instead of June as originally scheduled.

Organizers told the Tampa Bay Times the reason for the change is to try to avoid the rainy weather Florida typically sees that time of year.

Organizers told the Times they are hoping to lock down Raymond James Stadium as the location for the awards show because it's one of the only places that can hold the expected 35,000 people that will attend.

The estimated economic impact from the multi-day event is around 24,000 room nights at area hotels, and an $11 million cash infusion.

Organizers say they hope to have an exact date announced in early January.

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