While we still don’t know with certainty if there will be a football season in 2020, Raymond James Stadium will be getting some modifications just in case according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

“Funded by the government’s CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, the first of three phases should be completed by Oct. 31 “in order to be open to the public,” according to an agenda for Wednesday’s meeting.”

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Hillsborough County Commissioners will vote on the plan on Wednesday for the spending of the $10.4 million that would include hand sanitizing stations, an outdoor PA system and a touchless ticket entry system, among other things designed to help those in attendance decrease their chances of contracting the virus.

Besides helping to protect Bucs fans, the new upgrades would benefit those who attend USF Bulls games and also the upcoming NFL Super Bowl set to be played in Tampa in 2021.

The big question is, will anyone be in attendance to take advantage of the safety upgrades? According to Stroud the Bucs are expected to announce their ticketing and attendance plans for this season by the end of the week.

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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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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11 months ago

Hahahaha… I applaud the effort… but you can not have large gatherings, even with protections, during a pandemic. It’s stupid and irresponsible.

Reply to  buccaneerNW
11 months ago

Good god dude, give it a rest. Because you really don’t applaud their effort. So it’s stupid and irresponsible to at least take the time and money to make the place as safe as can be, just in case at some point they’re allowed to have some fans in the seats?(which is still 2 or 3 months away). And even if the entire regular season has no fans, a reminder….the SB is in Raymond James. So no matter what, they have a responsibility to have the stadium covid safe and ready for fans to attend the SB. Whether covid is… Read more »

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Reply to  Dave
11 months ago

Oh Dave. There you go again thinking reason and logic will have any effect on a committed pessimist. You should know better. Very disappointed in you. LOL!

Reply to  AlbJack65
11 months ago

Jesus what am I thinking lol

11 months ago

If the NFL couldn’t figure out how to even have some OTA’s, and mini camps, how the hell are they going to know what to do to have regular games? Had they went about OTA’s, and mini camps, we would already know whether a season is even possible. Now there’s talk of zero preseason games. If you are afraid to hold OTA’s, mini camps, and now preseason games, good luck with the season. Lessons could’ve already been learned.

11 months ago

Peter Report. Have you heard if there has been any discussions about if fans are not allowed to participate in the Super Bowl, how much money Tampa Bay area is projected to lose?

11 months ago

I’m sorry, but this is bullshit. Why can’t the Glazer Family pay for this on their own? How about giving the $10 million and help schools get COVID-19 upgrades? Crazy, I guess.

11 months ago

So sad ,stealing 10 million of our tax dollars for hand sanitizing stations. Give me a thousand dollars and I’ll supply you with enough hand sanitizer for the whole damn stadium that the tax payers paid for. Just another tax grab by the Glazers.

11 months ago

Where is the money to make the Super Market safe. Where the tax money to make my business safe. Someones head should roll for approving this 10 million hand out to the Bucs.