The Buccaneers will hold a free night practice at Raymond James Stadium Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Showcasing one-on-one battles and skills competition, among other fan-friendly events, the Bucs will end the session with a fireworks show.
For Tampa Bay fans who cant wait two weeks for the first home preseason game against the New England Patriots, or those who may not be able to manage the cost of attending a game, the team will host a night practice on Saturday showcasing the team's progress through training camp thus far. The event is free and open to the public, and will give those fans in attendance a chance to see the Buccaneers players and coaches in a wide variety of roles.
The gates are will open at 5:30 p.m. and seats will be on a first-come basis. At 6:00 p.m., players will work the field holding meet and greets with as many fans as possible, and at 6:30 individual players will be announced simulating an actual game. Head coach Raheem Morris will also address he crowd prior to the start of practice.
Bringing back the most popular addition to the team's night practice from last year’s event, the Bucs will stage a series of one-on-one challenges between many of their key performers.
The challenges fall into two categories: 1) One-on-one pass routes between pass-catchers and defenders; and 2) One-on-one pass-rushes between offensive and defensive linemen.
One-on-one periods are usually some of the most entertaining of any practice, and these premium challenges will shine a spotlight on the best matchups.
The team will also participate in several skills competitions including the JUGS machine with players attempting to catch simulated punts without dropping a ball, QB Challenge where the rostered Buccaneers quarterbacks will attempt to hit moving targets, and the kicker competition playing a game resembling the basketball game H-O-R-S-E.
As it did last year to the fans’ delight, the 2011 night practice will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over Raymond James Stadium. Stay to the end at approximately 9:00 p.m. and the team will send you off with a thank you punctuated by a colorful show in the sky.
Fans will also find great deals throughout the stadium all night during Saturday’s practice, including the ever-popular $1 hot dogs. Season and individual-game tickets will be on sale for those who haven’t locked up their tickets for 2011 yet, and fans can also purchase a wide variety of team gear, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Calendar.
Other highlights for the night practice will be coach’s explanations of specific drills as they take place, trivia challenges with chances to win game tickets, and the first public screening of the NFL Films produced 2010 Buccaneers highlights film.
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