Bucs COO Brain Ford – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday the next phase in the more than $150 million renovation of Raymond James Stadium. The latest enhancements are highlighted by a completely redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store, expansion of the highly successful Hall of Fame Club, and a new home team locker room.
While attending the press conference Pewter Report asked Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford about the team’s indoor practice facility. Ford confirmed that it is in the works and will be ready for the 2017 football season.
Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
The redesigned West Stadium Club will incorporate modern style with high-end finishes and furnishings, while providing more than 60,000 square feet of total lounge space – an increase of more than 25 percent from the original event space. Additional new amenities will include oversized 26-foot by 15-foot video walls at each end of the Club, four additional smaller video walls to be positioned over two centrally-located bar spaces, and the installation of 178 new 4K video displays throughout the Club.
Starting in 2017 Buccaneers fans will also be able to shop for their favorite team apparel and merchandise from a new 10,000-square foot team store located in the West Atrium that will be open year-round. Additionally, the all-inclusive Hall of Fame Club North, which debuted last season to overwhelming demand, will be expanded by more than 100 seats.
Bucs new locker room beginnings – Photo: Mark Cook/PR
“These are exciting times for our organization, both on and off the field,” Ford said. “The redesigned West Stadium Club will be a game-changer for our fans that are looking for the best views of the action along with the comfort of an air-conditioned lounge. The new team store will also be a great destination for our fans looking for exclusive merchandise that they won’t find anywhere else.”
Other stadium enhancements include a new 18,700-square foot Buccaneers locker room, which will triple the size of the previous one, and a refresh to the Raymond James Stadium press box.
–Part of this report courtesy of the Buccaneers
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]
This is all great. If I happen to win the lottery. Until then I’ll continue to view from sec 311 with my fellow rabid Buccaneer fans.
And all that money spent? How about better food and drink with faster lines?
Just typing. The first stage last year with the new HD jumbo trons WAS impressive. Huge upgrade.
I agree Garv, how come all the up grades are in the high price sections. We all know the average fan pays the bills.
Sucks not to be rich. This is why I watch at home.
Garv, I’m in 311 also, row G!!!
Get OUT! I’m row G as well, seats 19 and 20! You probably walk by us on the way to the bathroom. LOL
Texas! Randy from Texas who flies over for games! ^5!
Sure would like to see a photo of the new indoor facility being worked on.
Right now it is all just pavement.
Well it IS an upgrade I can get behind. Useful in training camp for rainy days and to get out of the heat from time to time to save energy. This is a good thing and long overdue.
Bucs should have the indoor practice facility 10 years ago! I have been to a few practices in the past the heat is brutal. It is impossible for me to imagine what the players core temperature is. It is amazing that we have not lost a player to heat stroke.
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