During the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando earlier this year, Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer told the local Tampa media that improving the in-game experience was something the Buccaneers were working on this offseason. On Tuesday the team offered a press release detailing a big change coming for fans in 2014.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aramark, the team’s food and beverage and retail services partner, today announced plans for a comprehensive overhaul of the 14 main concourse concessions locations and the construction of four additional beverage stands at Raymond James Stadium. The $7 million project, funded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is already underway and expected to be completed by mid-July in time for the start of the 2014 NFL preseason.
“We are excited to announce this major project that will improve the quality and efficiency of our food preparation for our fans,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “We pride ourselves on providing our guests with a first-in-class experience at Buccaneers games. These concessions and new beverage locations will allow us to offer fresh, new food offerings as well as improve the overall fan experience.”
As part of the project, the team is replacing the existing 14 main concourse concessions stands with new, state-of-the-art locations that will feature all-new food preparation equipment as well as a fresh, new look. The food and beverage locations will be larger and better equipped than the original stands and will be re-branded in a Tampa-area theme. The new menus will also be designed to reflect Tampa Bay’s diverse culinary scene.
“These concessions improvements are part of our commitment to delivering world-class customer service and unique dining experiences that further enrich the gameday experience for fans at Raymond James Stadium,” said Carl Mittleman, President, Aramark Sports and Entertainment. “The new upgrades and menu enhancements will allow us to better meet the needs of customers as well as ensuring Buccaneer fans continue to enjoy some of the best food offerings in the country.”
Both the east and west main concourses will feature the following food locations: Red Sail – Tampa’s Hot N’ Spicy Kitchen, Pizza Plank, The Taste of Tampa, The Galley, Desoto Deli, Bay Burger, and The Chicken Coup. In addition, there will be four newly-constructed beverage stations, tabbed as the Swashbuckler Bar, in each corner of the stadium, where fans will be able to choose from a wide variety of craft beer and wine offerings, as well as frozen drink options.
The project is being overseen by Dave Wagner of Wagner Murray Architects, based out of Charlotte, N.C. Wagner handled the interior design for Raymond James Stadium as well as the team’s critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art training facility, One Buccaneer Place, which opened in 2008.
Along with the all-new look, each concessions location will feature new menu items as well as some traditional local favorites with refreshed recipes. Hi-resolution illustrative images of the various concessions concepts under construction can be viewed at www.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]
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