The Raymond James Stadium (named after a financial company) has been the home of the NFL‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers since its opening in 1998. Built to replace the Bucs former home at Tampa Stadium at the request of new owner Malcolm Glazer, who purchased the team and prevented them from moving out of the city of Tampa.
The stadium features a 103 foot replica pirate ship in the north end zone, which fires cannons whenever the Bucs score points, enter the other team’s red zone or win a home game. The capacity of the Raymond James Stadium is currently 65,618 but this is expandable up to 75,000 for major events such as the Super Bowl, which the stadium has hosted twice previously – XXXV (2001) and XLIII (2009) and will be due to host Super Bowl LV in February 2021.
The stadium is also the home venue of the NCAA team, the University of South Florida Bulls as well as the annual Outback Bowl (usually played on New Year’s Day) and Gasparilla Bowl (played in mid-December). The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship was also played there.
Tenants: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), University of South Florida Bulls (NCAA), Outback Bowl & Gasparilla Bowl (NCAA)
Capacity: 65,618 (expandable to 75,000)
Tickets at Raymond James Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) – Ticket information is available on the official Tampa Bay Buccaneers website here.
South Florida Bulls (NCAA) – Ticket information is available on the official South Florida Bulls website here.
Outback Bowl (NCAA) – Tickets for the Outback Bowl are $80. Further ticket information is available on the official Outback Bowl website here.
Gasparilla Bowl (NCAA) – Tickets for the Gasparilla Bowl range from $25 to $65. Further ticket information is available on the official Gasparilla Bowl website here.
Location & Travel to Raymond James Stadium
The Raymond James Stadium is located in Northwest Tampa in the state of Florida.
Airport – Tampa is served by three airports. The main airport is Tampa International Airport, 6 miles west of Downtown Tampa with flights across North America and Europe.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (17 miles southwest of Tampa) and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (58 miles south of Tampa) both offer low cost flights across the US and to Canada.
Driving directions from the North: I-75 to I-275 South to Hillsborough Avenue West (exit 47) or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard West (exit 46B). OR Himes Ave. (exit 41B) or North Dale Mabry (exite 41A).
Driving directions from the South: I-75 North to I-4 West to I-275 South to Himes Avenue North (exit 41B) or North Dale Mabry (exit 41A). OR I-75 North to I-275 North to North Dale Mabry (exit 41A).
Driving directions from the East (Orlando): I-4 West to I-275 South to Himes Avenue North (exit 41B) or North Dale Mabry (exit 41A). OR I-4 to Hillsborough Avenue West (exit 19) or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard West (exit 17).
Driving directions from the West: I-275 North to North Dale Mabry (exit 41A). OR Highway 60 East to Spruce Street East to North Dale Mabry.
Parking – There are 14 official parking lots in and around the vicinity of the Raymond James Stadium, with over 10,000 spaces on-site and 15,000 off-site. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis but is available to be booked in advance.
Price for car parking is:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $25
- South Florida Bulls – $20
- Outback Bowl & Gasparilla Bowl – $30
Further information and to purchase parking in advance is available on the Raymond James Stadium website here.