The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday the dates of 11 practices open to the public, including three on Saturdays, and culminating with a joint session with the Cleveland Browns.
In an effort to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures for both players and fans, the team has scheduled the first 10 open practices to begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at approximately 10:50 a.m. The team’s first two training camp practices on Thursday, July 28 (Kids Day) and Friday, July 29 (Military Appreciation Day) will not be open to the general public. The first of 11 open practice sessions takes place on Saturday, July 30. The schedule of open practices is as follows:
DAY DATE TIME
Saturday July 30 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Sunday July 31 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Monday August 1 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Wednesday August 3 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Thursday August 4 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Saturday August 6 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Monday August 8 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Tuesday August 9 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Saturday August 13 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Monday August 15 8:45-10:50 a.m.
Wednesday August 24 9:45-11:50 a.m.*
* Joint Practice with Cleveland Browns
“We are more than a month away from the start of training camp, yet there is already an unprecedented level of excitement and anticipation among our fans to see our players on the field,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Our goal is to make the experience at training camp bigger and better each year for the best fans in the NFL and this season is no exception with 11 practices open to the general public. The cooler morning temperatures, combined with the excitement of seeing this year’s team for the first time under the direction of Coach Koetter and his staff will make for a great atmosphere.”
Those wishing to attend practice sessions at the team’s headquarters, One Buccaneer Place, are encouraged to monitor www.Buccaneers.com for updates, as well as follow the team on Twitter at @TBBuccaneers. These outlets will provide camp guidelines, parking information, maps and any schedule updates in order to make visiting training camp a smooth and enjoyable process.
As in past seasons, parking for training camp will be free of charge and fans will not need a ticket for admittance. Additional offerings will include discounted concessions, merchandise tents offering the newest Bucs jerseys and gear, and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear.
The training camp experience will once again showcase an expansive Kids Zone area that will feature interactive football skills stations and other youth-friendly activities. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to receive free autographs from Buccaneer players following practice.
The Buccaneers open their preseason schedule on Thursday, August 11, with a road game at the Philadelphia Eagles. Tampa Bay will visit Jacksonville in Week 2 of the preseason on Saturday, August 20, a game that will be preceded by joint practice sessions between the two teams on August 17-18.
The following week, the Buccaneers will begin their home slate in a CBS nationally televised matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Friday, August 26, at 8 p.m. ET. The contest will offer fans the first opportunity to experience the first phase of extensive renovations and improvements to Raymond James Stadium that will be completed later this summer.
The upgrades feature brand new, state-of-the-art, high definition video boards in each end zone, four HD tower video displays in each corner of the lower bowl and HD ribbon boards in the center ring of the suite level. The new end zone boards will measure 9,600 square feet each, while each tower display will measure 2,304 square feet for a total video display area of 28,416 square feet – the third-largest in the NFL. The enhancements also include a new, state-of-the-art sound system and concessions upgrades, in addition to the renovation of all luxury suites.
The Buccaneers continue to offer season pass memberships at a wide variety of price points. Memberships start at just $40 (per game) for adults and $20 (per game) for youth and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. In addition, this season the Buccaneers are offering a pair of five-game plans. For more information, to speak with a Buccaneers account representative or to get information about special group pricing, please contact 866-582-BUCS (2827) or visit Buccaneers.com.
– This report courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Departent
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]
Lower priced tickets are more than reasonable which is why I moved to them from my higher priced seat. Kids prices are good.
No one should be able to whine about how much it costs to take a family of four to a game.
Disney and most attractions start at over a $100 a ticket for adults which you are paying big bucks to stand in long lines to ride a two minute ride.
I never got the selling point of spending big bucks to stand in a long line in the Florida heat and sunshine.
One of the happiest moments in my life as a father was after spending a couple of days at Disney participating in that insanity I asked my kids if they had seen enough of Disney and ever wanted to go back.
Both of them said they didn’t see the need.
What an elation for a father.
I guess I just wasn’t programmed well enough by the Disney PR machine.
You are absolutely right Disney World my friend. Thankfully once was enough for my kids too. Me, I prefer Kennywood Park in my hometown of Pittsburgh. Not hot, no lines great nostalgia and what might appeal to you……..reasonably priced.
Shoot scu, I didn’t know you were from da burgh! My brother (cgmaster) and I are from Altoona and lived in the steel city for about seven years. It’s where I went to culinary school 15 years ago. I knew I liked you for a reason haha. I hate that when I say I lived in Pittsburgh that people assume I’m a steelers fan, and then laugh when I tell them I’m a Tampa fan.
Actually I took the family of four at least twice, the last time on a press junket that Disney World footed.
All I could think of at the time was, “damn, I sure am glad this is free. I’d hate to have to pay for this insanity.”
I always suspected your favorite saying to be “If it’s free it’s for me”
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