Despite successfully hosting four Super Bowls, Tampa was denied the opportunity to welcome the NFL’s championship game in the Bay area it was announced on Tuesday, as Miami, Atlanta and Los Angeles were chosen to host LIII, LIV & LV. The Bucs were finalists, as was New Orleans.
Bucs co-chairman BryanGlazer released a statement shortly after the 3 p.m. announcement was made.
“The Tampa Bay area has distinguished itself as a top Super Bowl host over the years,” Glazer said. “While today’s decision is disappointing, we remain confident that our area – with its rich sports history, strong tourism-based economy and ideal warm climate – will remain a strong contender for future consideration. We would also like to thank the many local leaders who have worked so tirelessly leading up to today’s vote for their assistance and dedication.”
Raymond James Stadium is hosting the NCAA college football national championship game in January 2017, and $100-million is being pumped into the stadium for upgrades, including new video boards, sound system and suite and club area remodeling.
Rob Higgins who is the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission talked to the Tampa Bay Times about the NFL’s decision.
“Certainly, we knew we were a long shot in the process, with how competitive the finalist group was,”Higgins said. “Anytime you have a chance to share your community story with some of the most influential people in the world like the NFL ownership group, you have to seize that opportunity. … While we’re naturally disappointed in the decision, we remain undeterred in our pursuit of a fifth Super Bowl for our community.”
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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Hopefully, Tampa is in line to get one soon.
I don’t see us getting another SB for many years; too many new indoor stadiums in big market areas.
It’s just a matter of rewarding the cities with new stadiums. Nothing to do with market size. I expect if the Raiders go to Vegas and the Chargers somehow get a new stadium in San Diego, they’ll be rewarded too. It’s nothing against Tampa. Our Ray Jay sure is a bargain compared to the billions being spent nowadays.
We will be rewarded with another one, or maybe we won’t. We were late by 3-4 years in these major improvements to RayJay, I think, whereas the teams we were competing with were SB-ready or close at the meetings with the exception of LA.
Not sure if any of you readers or writers know the answer, but have we been awarded one since Malcolm Glazer’s stroke which he never recovered from at least as a representative of the Bucs at functions like these.
Like him or not, he was not shy to call in markers and if necessary let his voice (and the banging of his shoe at one such Super Bowl city presentation) be heard loud and clear. He spearheaded the infamous Gruden in, Dungy out coaching “swap-aroo” despite mostly negative local and national opinion only to join Gruden at the Lombardi trophy hoisting less than a year later. We miss Mr. Glazer more than we realize, he was a champion in my eyes and will go down as the true turnaround of this franchise
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