The National Football League released its 2016 preseason slate on Thursday, featuring opponent matchups and weeks, with exact game dates and times to be confirmed after the finalization of the national broadcast schedule.
As reported by PewterReport.com last week, the Buccaneers will play their first two preseason games on the road due to continued stadium renovations, including brand new score boards. Raymond James Stadium will feature over 28,000 square feet of video boards as opposed to the current 4,400 square feet. In addition, suite renovations are continuing but all is expected to be wrapped up by mid-August.
The Bucs will open preseason play on the road, first at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 and then at the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. Raymond James Stadium’s fresh look will be highlighted in Week 3, as the Buccaneers return to Tampa to defend their newly renovated home ground in a nationally televised game against the Cleveland Browns. The preseason then concludes with a home game against the Washington Redskins.
While Week 3 will be carried nationally on CBS, the Buccaneers’ Weeks 1, 2 and 4 games will once again be carried locally by WFLA, the team’s preseason broadcast partner.
Tampa Bay hits the road in Week 1 (August 11-15), facing Philadelphia in preseason play for only the second time in franchise history, and for the first time as the visiting team. At the teams’ only other meeting in 1982, John McKay’s Buccaneers defeated the Eagles 35-7 at Tampa Stadium. The game will also mark a meeting between two first-time NFL head coaches, Dirk Koetter and Doug Pederson.
Bucs DE Howard Jones – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Buccaneers return to Florida for Week 2 (August 18-22), but travel to face the intra-state rival Jaguars. Historically, Tampa Bay is 3-7 against Jacksonville in the preseason, but the Buccaneers will look to repeat their success from 2015’s regular-season matchup, where the team secured a 38-31 victory with help from a three-touchdown performance (two rushing, one receiving) by running back Doug Martin.
On Friday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m., Tampa Bay will be featured on CBS, hosting a nationally broadcast bout against Cleveland. The home game will mark the unveiling of the first stage of Raymond James Stadium’s renovation project, the centerpiece of which will be the significantly expanded, state-of-the-art video boards in the end zones and corner towers. The Buccaneers hold an even 4-4 record against the Browns in preseason matchups.
The preseason finale will take place in Week 4 (September 1-2), when Tampa Bay will take on a familiar opponent in Washington. Over the years, the Buccaneers and Redskins have faced off 14 times in the preseason, the third-most preseason meetings between any pair in Buccaneers history. Tampa Bay will look to improve its 4-7 home record against Washington while players have their final opportunity to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now offering season pass memberships at a wide variety of price points. Memberships start as low as $40 per game for adults and $20 per game for youth. For more information or to speak with a Buccaneers account representative, please contact 866-582-BUCS (2827) or visit Buccaneers.com.
Week 1 (August 11-15) at Philadelphia
Week 2 (August 18-22) at Jacksonville
Friday, August 26, 8:00 p.m. on CBS CLEVELAND
Week 4 (September 1-2) WASHINGTON
– Part of this report was courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department
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]
Great. Not only do the Bucs raise the ticket prices on these practice games, we get stuck with the fourth one where hardly any starter sets foot on the field.
Hey, thanks so much for hosing the fans Glazer boys.
The Bucs and 15 other teams get “stuck” hosting the 4th preseason game……and their season pass holding fans have to pay for it. It’s not just your oft targeted Glazer boys. To make it even worse, for those of us with jobs, it’s probably on a Thursday night. But until the league changes things, as Ronde would say, “it is what it is.” Maybe you can swing by and buy me that Diet Coke. Probably won’t be too focused on the meaningless exhibition on the field and there will be plenty of empty seats.
Yay! I may get to go to the game in Philly!
Hope you have fun jerseybucsfan.
I remember in 2015 a preseason game vs Browns they just killed us. I think it will be a much closer game go bucs.
Oh quit frigging crying about the increased ticket cost already Drdneast. You been whinning about price increase since last year. Why don’t you just think of it as those wonderful income taxes you love to pay and lectured us all about. Lol.
Is there some reason we only seem to get to paired with 4 out of about 8 teams for pre-season every year? Washington, Miami, New England, Jax…do we have secret pact with these guys or something….
If it’s like it used to be, preseason game match-ups are worked out by the teams.
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