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.