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May 5, 2014 @ 4:55 pm
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Bucs To Overhaul 14 Concessions At Raymond James

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Trying to upgrade the in-game experience for fans at Bucs' home games, the Buccaneers announced a $7 million renovation of 14 concourse concessions.
During the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando earlier this year, Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer told the local Tampa media that improving the in-game experience was something the Buccaneers were working on this offseason. On Tuesday the team offered a press release detailing a big change coming for fans in 2014.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aramark, the team's food and beverage and retail services partner, today announced plans for a comprehensive overhaul of the 14 main concourse concessions locations and the construction of four additional beverage stands at Raymond James Stadium. The $7 million project, funded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is already underway and expected to be completed by mid-July in time for the start of the 2014 NFL preseason. 


"We are excited to announce this major project that will improve the quality and efficiency of our food preparation for our fans," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. "We pride ourselves on providing our guests with a first-in-class experience at Buccaneers games. These concessions and new beverage locations will allow us to offer fresh, new food offerings as well as improve the overall fan experience."


As part of the project, the team is replacing the existing 14 main concourse concessions stands with new, state-of-the-art locations that will feature all-new food preparation equipment as well as a fresh, new look. The food and beverage locations will be larger and better equipped than the original stands and will be re-branded in a Tampa-area theme. The new menus will also be designed to reflect Tampa Bay's diverse culinary scene. 


"These concessions improvements are part of our commitment to delivering world-class customer service and unique dining experiences that further enrich the gameday experience for fans at Raymond James Stadium," said Carl Mittleman, President, Aramark Sports and Entertainment. "The new upgrades and menu enhancements will allow us to better meet the needs of customers as well as ensuring Buccaneer fans continue to enjoy some of the best food offerings in the country." 


Both the east and west main concourses will feature the following food locations: Red Sail – Tampa's Hot N' Spicy Kitchen, Pizza Plank, The Taste of Tampa, The Galley, Desoto Deli, Bay Burger, and The Chicken Coup. In addition, there will be four newly-constructed beverage stations, tabbed as the Swashbuckler Bar, in each corner of the stadium, where fans will be able to choose from a wide variety of craft beer and wine offerings, as well as frozen drink options.



The project is being overseen by Dave Wagner of Wagner Murray Architects, based out of Charlotte, N.C. Wagner handled the interior design for Raymond James Stadium as well as the team’s critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art training facility, One Buccaneer Place, which opened in 2008. 


Along with the all-new look, each concessions location will feature new menu items as well as some traditional local favorites with refreshed recipes. Hi-resolution illustrative images of the various concessions concepts under construction can be viewed at www.Buccaneers.com.


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    I think this is a pretty good idea. The local cuisine addition is a very nice touch as well as offering a wider variety of foods. Hopefully this will also speed up the process of getting food to the customers and shortens the lines and waiting time. The real problem though is that this only addresses about 20% of the in-stadium experience problems. We need Wi-Fi throughout the stadium like the Kraft family had installed in the Patriots Stadium. That will help pass the time during halftime and while you're waiting in line for food. We also need more dry places to stand when it inevitably rains in the early season games. The RJS staff need to put up tents at various locations so there are more places to stand in the concourse and be dry. Someone already mentioned the video boards. The last upgrade would be better prizes that can be won in contests or random seat drawings throughout the game.
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    I have suggested these things to the Buccaneers on multiple occasions. Having local, popular eateries serve up their specialties like Mel's Hot Dogs, Tropicana Cuban sandwiches, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and countless others would have to be better. How about preparing the food in the open like they do at the fair instead of being cooked off site, wrapped up and kept warm all day? I've never missed a home game since 1976 but rarely eat from the concessions. "Diet Coke, lot's of ice" is about it for me. When Aramark took over last off-season I had hopes that the offerings would improve. But, for the most part, it was still the same pre-packaged, kept in warmers, wrinkled up cuisine that has been served up since the Culverhouse days. The stadium hot dog sure is not a favorite of mine. Neither is the stale popcorn or pizza. Wouldn't it be better if the smell of fresh popcorn being popped filled the concourses; if pizza was made in ovens right there and served in big slices like a pizza parlor does? I'm pleased that the Glazers are making this effort. Sometimes I get a little hungry. Then again, many times my appetite is ruined by halftime.
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    Since when is Five Guys a local thing?
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    How much would it cost to make the concourses wider? The seats are always empty at the start of the third quarter because the concourses are to small. They slow to a crawl at halftime.
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    This is welcome News. The food upstairs in Club has always been so much better. I have to admit the overall experience at Tropicana has always been better. They needed to do this. The Glazers are definitely trying. I will give them that.
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    Save the money and just lower the prices. That would make for a better game day experience.
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    Yet still we have video boards from 1998. Why would we get new video boards when everybody loves watching replays on almost 20 yr old technology. Plus it's not like the current ones are going to catch fire.......oh wait
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    New Video Boards are coming...the TSA wanted to go the cheap route while the Buccaneers were looking a little grander and will likely pay out of their own pockets for a better scoreboard. Either way, it will be in place before the '17 NCAA Football Championship game.
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