Raymond James Stadium

Raymond James Stadium is home to the 2002 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An outstanding example of a quality stadium and facilities, the Buccaneers Stadium has hosted two previous Super Bowl games and is one of the unique attractions to include on your Tampa vacation itinerary, whether you're a football fan or are just counting down to the next Gasparilla pirate festival.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium seats more than 65,000 visitors in an open-air setting and features two of the largest video boards in the NFL. The two 24-foot by 92-foot screens provide BucVision to fans with unobstructed views of the field. Adjacent to the Buccaneers Stadium, the Buccaneer complex at One Buc Place reopens in August 2009 for the Bucs training camp, which is open to the public, after a seven-year hiatus in Orlando. The many Raymond James stadium hotels make it a great venue to visit during large events, as there is little difficulty getting a hotel room if you book in advance.

When not hosting Bucs football, Raymond James Stadium features the annual Outback Bowl played on New Year's Day, the annual Monster Jam, one of the largest events at the stadium, and rock concerts and other special events throughout year. The stadium is also home to the University of South Florida Bulls football team, which is part of the Big East Conference and plays its home games at the stadium.

The Buccaneers Stadium features a full-scale indoor pirate ship, which sounds off with a cannon blast whenever the team scores a field goal or touchdown. The ship, 103 feet long and outfitted in full pirate regalia, is a replica of an actual pirate ship from the 1800s and is permanently anchored at Buccaneer Cove. The ship is accessible only when visitors sign up to tour Raymond James Stadium.

The tour is an hour long and available for individuals or groups who want to see the facility from top to bottom with a behind the scenes look at the locker rooms, club and suites, a visit to the home team tunnel and playing field, and a chance to become a buccaneer aboard the ship. Visitors should arrive fifteen minutes prior to the start of the tour. Reservations are not required for individual tours, which begin at 2 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, though tour times are subject to change depending on the availability of the stadium.

Visitors to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium have ample parking, making it easily accessible to out-of-town visitors with rental cars, and are directly across the street from the Steinbrenner Field, which hosts spring training for the New York Yankees and is home to the Tampa Yankees baseball teams.

Across from the Raymond James Stadium, visitors can relax at Horizon Park, which has covered picnic shelters, grills, walking and jogging paths, a playground for children, a fishing lake, and restroom facilities.  During NFL games, the park is the scene for fans to set up grills and cook out prior to attending the game.

When visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium for games and special events, policies are in place for security and to ensure visitors have an enjoyable visit. The policies include banning outside food and drinks, limiting smoking areas, and also prohibiting camcorders and recording devices, signs, banners, and coolers; bags are subject to search by stadium security personnel.

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