Tampa Bay Bucs, USF Bulls Play at Raymond James Stadium:
Raymond James Stadium is home to the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NCAA's South Florida Bulls. The facility also was the home of the MLS's Tampa Bay Mutiny.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, members of the Southern Division of the National Football Conference in the NFL, came into being in 1976 as an expansion team in the AFC West. Malcolm Glazer currently owns the team, which is helmed by head coach Jon Gruden.
The South Florida Bulls, a Division I FBS college football program, has played its home games in Raymond James Stadium since 1998. The team itself was formed a year earlier, in 1997, and spent its first four years as a Division I-AA independent. The Bulls joined Conference USA in 2003 and became a member of the Big East in 2005.
Seating just over 66,000, Raymond James Stadium can be expanded to accommodate 75,000. It hosts the annual Outback Bowl on New Year's Day, the Super Bowl of Motorsports and will be the site of Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. The stadium also has been chosen to host the ACC Championship Game in 2008 and 2009.
Built to replacing Houlihan's Stadium, Ray Jay is publically owned and managed by the Tampa Sports Authority. The naming rights were purchased for $32.5 million by St. Petersburg-based Raymond James Financial Inc.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the stadium is the 103-foot, 43-ton steel and concrete replica of a 19th century pirate ship created by the same company that produces props for Walt Disney World. Eight cannons celebrate each Buccaneer touchdown with thunderous cannon fire, showering confetti, mini-footballs and Buc merchandise into the stands.
- Traveling northbound or southbound on I-275, take the North Dale Mabry exit
- Head north approximately one mile
- Follow signs for parking.