The Buccaneers joined the NFL in 1976, and have had varying levels of success throughout the franchise's history. The Buccaneers went winless in their first season in the NFL, but turned things around relatively quickly, making the playoffs for the first time in 1979, then again in 1981 and 1982. After reaching the playoffs in 1982, Tampa Bay went on a run of 14 straight seasons with a losing record. In 1997 the Buccaneers turned things around once again, ending the run of futility by making the playoffs. In 2002, after three straight playoff appearances, Tampa Bay got over the hump, reaching the Super Bowl in head coach Jon Gruden's first season at the helm, and defeating Gruden's former team the Oakland Raiders. Since the team's Super Bowl run, the Buccaneers have made the playoffs just twice more—in 2005 and 2007. Tampa Bay has retired just one number—Lee Roy Selmon's No. 63. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets.
2014 Buccaneers Season Preview
The Bucs had a tough 4-12 season last year, but the team that will take the field in 2014 will look a lot different than what we saw last year. Josh Freeman was the starting quarterback and Greg Schiano was the head coach going into the season but both are now gone. Josh McCown is the guy in Tampa now after doing a great job replacing Jay Cutler when he went down for the Bears. McCown threw 13 TDs while only giving up a single interception, and was the first choice of his former coach Lovie Smith – who was also hired by the Bucs as head coach. Also coming to the Bucs in the offseason from free agency were Brandon Myers, Anthony Collins, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Michael Johnson. McCown will have a few more options due to the draft, where Tampa picked up WR Mike Evans out of Texas A&M and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Bucs open the season with two home games against the Panthers and Rams before hitting the road for contests in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Raymond James Stadium will also host the Ravens, Vikings, Falcons, Bengals and Packers this season.
Check out our Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season Preview History page for previews of previous Buccaneers seasons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football at Raymond James Stadium Address: 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida, 33607
The Buccaneers play their home games at Raymond James Stadium, located in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers' home holds almost 69 thousand screaming fans when Raymond James Stadium is filled to capacity. Special to Raymond James is Buccaneers Cove. Built by the people who create the attractions at Disney World, a giant pirate ship complete with cannons rests in the cove. When the Buccaneers score, the cannons sound in accordance with the number of points Tampa Bay puts on the board. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers home bench is on the Raymond James Stadium sideline with sections 106-115. Raymond James Stadium parking information is covered in our Buc's event guide.
Buccaneers vs. Falcons
One of the more heated rivalries in the NFL, the aggressive play by both teams usually lasts after the whistle has been blown. These two teams have combined for over 2,000 yards in penalties during the 10+ years the NFC South has been in existence. The most memorable game that demonstrates the brutality of this series came in 2003 when the Bucs racked up 17 penalties.
This rivalry dates back to 1977 and has been played over 40 times. Both teams have combined for over 10 division titles and have each won Super Bowls. The series has gone back and forth throughout the years with no team winning more than six times in a row. As both teams continue to fight for division titles, this rivalry will only get better in the years to come.
Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, NFC Championship and in the NFL Playoffs
The Buccaneers have won more than 5 division titles and have made the playoffs 9+ times in their history that began in 1976. The Bucs won an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl in 2002. As still a relative young franchise in NFL circles, Tampa Bay will only continue to add to the history they have started.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Event Guide
What are the best in stadium foods for a Buccaneers game at Raymond James?
The Captain's Grill offers a wide assortment and is a fan favorite open to all Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets holders. The First Down Deli has a local Cuban sandwich, which is a taste of the Florida culture. There are plenty of traditional stadium concessions with hot dogs, pizza, turkey legs and sausages. There are also plenty of unique options like short ribs, turkey paninis, gluten-free beer and hormone-free sausages.
Who are the most famous Tampa Bay Buccaneers former players?
The Bucs have retired numbers of former players Lee Roy Selmon (DE) and Warren Sapp (DT). Former quarterback, Doug Williams and coach, John McKay, are in the Krewe of Honor. Pro Football Hall of Famer, Steve Young, also began his NFL career in Tampa Bay before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers.
What items am I prohibited from bringing into Raymond James Stadium for a Bucs game?
There is a long list of prohibited items that fans cannot bring in to a Buccaneers home game, including; food, drinks, backpacks, large bags, banners or flags that could obstruct someone's view, video camera, coolers, artificial noisemakers, lasers, pets, seat cushions, strollers, or umbrellas.
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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