Closing runways for reasons other than emergencies, construction, or maintenance is absurd, and I'm surprised the FAA hasn't requested TPA to reopen them. By closing 2 runways, airport management has, in effect, seriously reduced capacity at TPA, especially at a point in time when that capacity is desperately needed. They are basically restricting TPA controllers, etc in performing their duties, and trust me, after the game tonight, they'll be swamped. Also, that affects flights in other parts of the country, flights that are arriving or departing TPA, or will later on in the day.
Having spent almost 14 years in airport management at MSY, I can honestly say that no, it doesn't make sense.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina