Renovated Raymond James Stadium
Finally the upgrades are coming.
After little work had been done to improve Raymond James Stadium since it opened in 1998, the Buccaneers and the Tampa Sports Authority have reached a tentative agreement to put more than $100 million into the home of the Buccaneers, the USF Bulls and the venue that has hosted numerous concerts and events over the last 17 years.
The Buccaneers released this statement on Wednesday.
“This is a great day for our entire community as we work toward an agreement that ensures Raymond James Stadium will remain one of the top sports facilities in the country,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “The proposed agreement will provide the type of much-needed enhancements that will improve the in-game experience for our loyal Buccaneer fans and will play a key role in our ability to attract the types of large-scale events that we have grown accustomed to hosting over the years. These exciting projects have been made possible through the hard work and foresight of all parties, including public officials from the TSA, Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa.”
To get all the details of the upgrades, click this link from Buccaneers.com.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
So based on the picture, importing Bucs fans to attend games is part of the upgrade?
Expansion of the concourse is much appreciated, as there currently isn’t enough dry area to stand when there is a rain delay in the game (at least I hope more dry areas will be part of the concourse expansion). My one complaint…no Wi-Fi? The Patriots have it throughout their stadium and it hasn’t had much if any impact on fans being tuned into the game and making noise for their team.
The stadium has Wi-Fi… my phone automatically connects whenever I’m there.
Is it only available in select areas? The Wi-Fi should be a strong signal that is available everywhere in the stadium; the Pats paid a lot of dough and had special emitters installed to make sure the signal was strong enough to be everywhere in the stadium. I’ve never gotten a signal there but I’m usually on the visitor’s side in the cheap seats since me and my buddies normally come for the home opener and the better seats are either taken or obnoxiously expensive.
I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be in the whole stadium… I have no problems connecting in the concourses or at my seats halfway up the 300s, home side.
Very dry dwilkes36. Are you a ticket holder as I am and have been since 1980.
If not, then better not to comment on things that you aren’t a part of.
Hope they put in a coke refill station and some more restrooms.
Took the coke refill station out and now you have to wait in line for 5 to 10 minutes to get a refill so I just go without.
Same problem with the restrooms when more than 50K attend.
I’ve never had an issue with restrooms because I know when to go. Certainly not at the end of quarters. I simply watch the TV Timeout guy and go when he says go. Never missed a play in 40 years.
I love the stadium but my biggest complaint is the club section, it might the worst club section in football, they don’t let you in that early, they don’t show other games on TV’s, they have like 50 rows of club section which its very exclusive when you have that many rows and people. They also don’t let you hang around they kick you out right after the game total BS.
When we’re complaining about the stadium, we shouldn’t compare it to the ones costing nearly 10 times as much. The best part is the configuration that puts us much closer to the field than most of the other venues.
Bucs called me yesterday just to touch base. I suggested that they figure out who are the season ticket holders, travel agencies and businesses who sell them to the opponents fans every game and revoke their rights. Bet there are a lot of loyal fans who would like the chance to buy those premium seats. Nothing makes the “in stadium experience” worse than to be losing the game and have to endure an infestation of enemy fans, most of whom live here. Then again, when we defeat those stinking Cowboys, nothing beats rubbing their noses in it.
“invoke their rights”? Never happen where money is to be made
A loyal Bucs fans money is just as green. Those premium seats would be sought after if available.
Great idea scudog. I was talking to my friend about the same thing during the Cowboys game. Sick and tired of these fair weather Buc fans selling their ticket to the oppositions fans for a few extra bucks.
Couldn’t believe how many Giants and Cowboy fans were sitting in the club seat section.
I guess it doesn’t surprise me that the uber rich would sell out their team for a few extra bucks.
As far as the restroom is concerned, I already do that. After over 30 years of going to the games, I think I know all the nuances.
drdnest- I hate sitting around visiting fans too, BUT Bucs or cardinals don’t pay my Bills do they? I had Cardinals season tickets for 5 yrs and I would sell my Cowboys tix for around $600, money pays the bills not the Bucs or Cards
Mostly businesses own those seats and Scubog’s two.
jongruden, have you not noticed the giant wall of televisions on either side of the club section, with the bucs game spanning multiple screens and the other games on all the edge panels? i have been to the club sections at Century Link (seattle), Heinz Field, and Georgia Dome among others that don’t come to mind right away, and i would say our Club Section is comparable or better from an amenities standpoint. on the other hand, i am perennially disappointed by the food options, so i hope the investment in concessions results in better food prep and more compelling menus. i can’t believe there is not a drop of Cigar City or other local beer sold (aside from TBBC Old Elephant Foot but finding it is like a scavenger hunt), that doesn’t require a $100 million renovation to fix. Overall i am thrilled, the screens have been the most blatantly obsolete thing in that stadium, i personally believe the rest of the facility is pretty remarkable for a 20 year old stadium. some protection from the sun in the upper deck is also badly needed and i can’t believe it has been overlooked for 2 decades….why not a “sail” type of structure that can be unfurled for hot 1 pm games and in the any other time?
Pick 6- I sat in the club section during Freemans first game vs Gb and we won, no they did not have one single game on from other teams, only Bucs, maybe that’s changed, but to only let us in 1 and half hr before game and kick us out right away after the game is ridiculous. Century Link and University Of Phoenix has way better amenities than Tampa Club Section and way more private, not the 50+ rows at Tampa Stadium
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