Raymond James StadiumTampa Bay Buccaneers
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The University of South Florida Bulls play at Raymond James Stadium, which they share with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The stadium, completed for $168.5 million in public funds in 1998, first opened its doors on September 20, 1998 for an NFL game. The first USF game was played at the stadium on October 3, 1998, when the Bulls defeated the Citadel 45-6. Although the seating capacity of the stadium is 65,857 for NFL games, the upper deck is typically closed at USF football games, putting the capacity at 41,441 for these games. However, the upper deck is often opened for big games, including USF-West Virginia game on September 28, 2007. At this game, a USF-football-record 67,012 were on hand to see the Bulls win. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXV on January 28, 2001 and Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009. In addition to the Bulls and the Buccaneers, the Major League Soccer Tampa Bay Mutiny played in the stadium from 1999-2001. It is also the host of the college football Outback Bowl. The record attendance for any event at the stadium was an October 9, 2009 U2 concert, when over 72,000 were present. Raymond James Stadium ("Ray Jay", "The New Sombrero", "the CITS", "Jesse James Stadium") is a multipurpose football stadium that is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NCAA South Florida Bulls football team. The stadium also hosts the Outback Bowl, the AGA/Budweiser American Invitational and the Monster Jam monster truck event every year. Raymond James Stadium had the opportunity to host Super Bowl XXXV, Super Bowl XLII, the 2008 and 2009 ACC Championship Game and the Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) from 1999 to 2001. In 1995, Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer purchased the team and immediately began lobbying local government for a replacement because he deemed Tampa Stadium inadequate. On September 3, 1996, the voters of Hillsborough County, Florida approved a thirty-year, half-cent sales tax that consisted of providing the Buccaneers with a new stadium, among other city commitments]. The team signed a stadium lease in which the local government must pay for almost all of the stadium expenses while the franchise keeps almost all of the proceeds. The construction cost for the new stadium $168.5 million and completed on September 20th, 1998. The stadium was originally called Tampa Community Stadium until Raymond James Financial agreed to a $32.5 million, 13-year naming rights deal in June 1998 and the stadium name was changed to Raymond James Stadium as a result. The deal was extended to 2015 for maintenance of naming rights in April 2006. The 103-foot, 43-ton steel-and concrete replica pirate ship is unique to Raymond James Stadium and a trademark of the Buccaneers game experience. The cannon fires soft-rubber footballs and confetti each time the Bucs score points or enter the other team's red zone. The cannon fires six times for a touchdown, once for an extra point, twice for a safety or two-point conversion and three times for a field goal. Other features of the stadium include two Buc Vision 92-foot wide video screens, Buccaneer Cove, which houses stadium concessions and restrooms and rotating trilon billboards. The playing surface of Raymond James Stadium is Tifway 419 Bermuda natural grass and can house 65,857 (expandable to 75,000) fans.
Adjacent to facility - Game Day Lot
- No event is scheduled here.
- Throughout facility
- Gates A and C
- Designated areas only
- Permitted. Lenses must be less than 12 inches.