Individual Bucs games tickets are now on sale – Getty ImagesThe Tampa Bay Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Sports Authority are in serious negotiations about much needed major upgrades to Raymond James Stadium.

Tampa Tribune reporter Ira Kaufman wrote about negotiations and proposed upgrades that include a major sticking point – playing two regular season games away from home.

“A potential $100 million renovation project for Raymond James Stadium appears close to fruition except for three sticking points, including a request by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the right to play two regular-season home games elsewhere every season, beginning in 2018.

The team’s current agreement with the Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) runs until 2028, and chief operating officer Brian Ford has been trying to negotiate a stadium renovation agreement since January.

The current lease requires the TSA to fund approximately $26 million for capital repairs and updates for the stadium, which opened in 1998 and also serves as the football home for the University of South Florida.

Under the club’s proposal, which includes significant enhancements to the TSA’s original plans, the Bucs would be responsible for making a private investment that could approach $75 million.”

Part of the upgrades include brand new HD scoreboard and replay screens throughout the stadium, seats with cushions and enhancements to the club levels, among other things.

Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998 and has been home to the Buccaneers and USF Bulls since that time.

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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]

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  1. A dome would ne nice. 🙂 Or maybe some forced air A/C? 🙂

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  2. And where would these 2 games be played? I suspect they might be played in Europe, England most likely and possibly in Orlando?

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  3. Yes openmindna, with no reduction in the price of a season ticket package either.
    I stand behind the Glazers on a lot of matters, but this reeks of them trying to increase revenues to the extreme.
    There is nothing wrong with them trying to improve their profitability, but the best way for them to do that is to start winning games and begin going to the playoffs.
    The Bucs will have legitimate sell outs then and another waiting list for season tickets as well.
    Glazers probably also read where the owner of the Jaguars wants to start booking at least one game a year in England.
    Problem is the Bucs have played there 3 times and lost all three contests.
    If the Glazers are so hot on England, why don’t they move there and start paying their income taxes which are much higher than those in the states.

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  4. This may be merely a negotiating ploy. If not it may be time after 40 years of season tickets to say goodbye. Poor product on the field plus being abandoned by ownership is not a promising combination.

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