TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS INFORMATION:
Location: Tampa, Florida
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Conference: NFC South
Rivals: Carolina Panthers
Owners: Malcolm Glazer (1995)
Team Nicknames: The Bucs, Tampa Bay Bucs
Notable Players: Lee Roy Selmon, Vinny Testeverde and Derrick Brooks
See Also: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Playoff tickets
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play in the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The Tampa Bay Bucs were founded in 1976 along with the Seattle Seahawks as part of that year's NFL expansion. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did find some early success with a tough defense led by Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon. That success was short lived, however, and after 1982, Tampa bay wouldn't make the playoffs again for 14 years. In 1996, with the arrival of coach Tony Dungy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made their big turnaround. Dungy made the team a playoff contender again also by building a strong defense. When Dungy was hired as head coach in Indianapolis in 2002, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers essentially traded players and draft picks for Jon Gruden, head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden would lead the team to a Super Bowl win in his first year against his former Raider squad - a game that was dubbed “the Gruden Bowl”. The team is still a strong contender if they can stay healthy.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play home games Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Raymond James holds up to 75,000 spectators. Opened in 1998, Raymond James Stadium was not long ago considered the "crown jewel" of NFL arenas. Buy Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets and watch the Buccaneers play in sunny Florida and fight to regain control of the NFC!
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A Pirate's Life for Me! Going to a game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida in an incredible experience. Apart from the palm trees and the fantastic weather they have in the fall, it’s easily one of the more fun NFL venues that pro football fans might visit on any given Sunday. The Pirate theme of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is carried on throughout the stadium by costumed staff who intermingle with fans bringing the stadium to life throughout the game. The best part of the stadium’s maritime Pirate theme is the massive Pirate Ship that rests in the North Endzone. Built by Disney Imagineers that were contracted by Raymond James Stadium, the Pirate Ship is at the center of the gameday experience with cannon blasts when the Bucs score and also when they enter the redzone. Costumed Pirates manning the vessel throughout the day can also be found throwing prize giveaways into the crowd. Concessions are excellent, there’s plenty of room to tailgate in the parking lots adjacent to the stadium and the fans are fantastic. Bucs games are always a good time! Tours of Raymond James Stadium are also available during the week that allow fans the opportunity to check out what things are like behind the scenes on gameday. Visitors have an opportunity to check out the press box, field level, locker rooms, and also get some great photos standing on the Pirate Ship. All for a reasonable $5 admission. Highly recommended. For more information on Raymond James Stadium and the City of Tampa, check out my Quest for 31 review at http://www.nflfootballstadiums.com/RaymondJames.htm. October 6, 2010