Raymond James Stadium
The Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) is the proud manager of Raymond James Stadium, home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NCAA's University of South Florida Bulls. The stadium is named after Raymond James Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services firm headquartered in nearby St. Petersburg, Florida.
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were sold in early 1995, the new ownership expressed the necessity for a new stadium. To ensure that the franchise would stay in the Tampa Bay area, the Tampa Sports Authority met the owners request and played an active role in the development and construction of Raymond James Stadium, which cost a total of $168.5 million. On October 15, 1996, the architects of HOK Sports Facilities Group broke ground. About two years later, the Buccaneers played their first game at the stadium on September 20, 1998, claiming victory over the Chicago Bears 27-15.
Since its opening, Raymond James Stadium has held countless memorable events, including Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. Each year, the stadium hosts the Outback Bowl, American Invitational and Monster Jam. Performers, such as Kenny Chesney and U2, have also made Raymond James Stadium a stop on their concert tours.
The stadium can accomodate about 65,000 guests, but can be expanded to fit about 75,000. Buccaneer Cove in the North End Zone is a popular attraction for fans, as it's home to the Buccaneers pirate ship. The pirate ship comes to life after the Buccaneers score a field goal or touchdown; its loud cannons fire seven times to signal a touchdown and three to announce a field goal.
There is always something fun and exciting happening at Raymond James Stadium. Come experience it for yourself.