Raymond James Stadium is a state-of-the-art football stadium that has become one of the most beloved sports
venues in the country. It is considered to be a "crown jewel" of the NFL, and has been giving fans a fan-friendly place to
watch their favorite team since the late 1990s. When Malcom Glazer purchased the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995, he immediately
deemed the current football stadium inadequate and began lobbying for a new one. The process of acquiring this new stadium
was a long and arduous process, but in the end the fans and Glazer won out. The city, and the Bucs, gained a 65,000-seat stadium
that was not only the site of adrenaline-pumping football games, but was also the site of concerts and events featuring the
biggest stars in the entertainment industry.
The Tampa Bay NFL team took the field for the first time in 1998 and crushed
the Chicago Bears in a dramatic win. And it wasn't long before the stadium was hosting the biggest game in the NFL—the
Super Bowl. When the Baltimore Ravens played the New York Giants in 2001, thousands of cheering fans watched the action on
the field from their seats inside Raymond James Stadium. Not only did the stadium become the site of one of the biggest games
of the year both in 2001 and in 2009, but it also became the first stadium to use high-definition images on an HDTV.
While Raymond James Stadium—or Ray Jay Stadium, as it is sometimes called—has
hosted the Super Bowl, the annual competition isn't the only battle they've hosted between two fierce competitors. The stadium
is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and through their impressive game play, the stadium has had the chance to be the host
for several NFL post season games throughout the years. Not only has Ray Jay Stadium seen the Bucs compete in NFC Divisional
Playoff games, but it has also been there to host several NFC Wild Card Playoff games.
But the NFL isn't the only league
that benefits from the state-of-the-art facility. The stadium has also been the site of the 2002 Outback Bowl when the University
of South Carolina took on Ohio State in a grudge match that drew a record-breaking crowd of more than 66,000 people. And in
2007, that attendance record was shattered when more than 67,000 fans showed up to watch the University of Southern Florida
Bulls battle the West Virginia University Mountaineers.
Raymond James Stadium, which is also
called "The New Sombrero," is located in tropical Tampa, Florida. The city is situated on the west coast of Florida, near
the Gulf of Mexico, and thrives on the tourism industry. Professional sports, like those that are played in Raymond James
Stadium, are part of what draws tourists to the area. The annual Outback Bowl, that takes place on New Year's Day, is a huge
event in the Tampa area and allows college football fans from near and far to witness the gridiron battle.
also a thriving arts and entertainment industry in Tampa that includes theaters, outdoor entertainment venues, fairgrounds,
museums and sites where famous bands played and locations where TV shows were filmed.
game time comes, you don't want to be stuck trying to find a parking spot. Finding a suitable parking location for your car,
SUV, truck or RV is crucial to an enjoyable experience at the stadium. There are several options when it comes to parking
near the stadium, all of which are within walking distance of the park. And although you might have to pay a nominal parking
fee, it is worth it. Set up your cooler and tailgate before the game or head right into the stadium for a night of non-stop
Seating is available on both sides of the Buccaneers home field, with Buccaneers Cove and the Bud Lite
Party Deck in between. Each side of the field contains three sections of seating, and offers patrons great sight lines and
If the stunning views of the Tampa Bay area and fan-friendly accommodations aren't
enough to draw you to Raymond James Stadium, then some of its stunning visual elements might be just the ticket. Not only
is there a life-size pirate ship in Buccaneer Cove that comes to life after the Buccaneers score a field goal or touchdown,
but fans will be delighted by the explosive cannons that radiate their intense sound throughout the stadium whenever an exciting
play has just taken place.
And make sure you pay attention to who's looking over your shoulder because the stadium also
employs an animatronic parrot that can talk to passersby and single out fans in the stands. All of these unique touches have
been created an engineered by the same company that creates props for Walt Disney World.