Tampa, BUY Bucs
Written: Jun 20, 2008
a Somewhat Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
- User Rating: Excellent
Pros:great architecture, great camaraderie,
Cons:typical drunken, ill-behaved-at-times fans, immense heat, crowds
The Bottom Line: The pros far outweigh the cons, and by the way, kudos on the non-smoking rule. Great team. Great value.
I greatly admire nearly everything about Raymond James Stadium. Yes, you're going to sit in the heat, and yes, other fans (even those who root as you root) might annoy you (get an usher/security if things get out of hand), and yes, paying three dollars for bottled water is awfully expensive, but it's worth it to see high-quality football.
This stadium rather symbolizes the Buccaneers' transition from being a below-average team to one of the NFL's best. When they played at "The Big Sombrero", they did well to have a mediocre record, and their ascent to the NFL's elite group of teams was accompanied by a new stadium shortly thereafter.
This stadium is sharp, detailed, and it contains personality, much like many of the recent stars the Bucs have had, such as Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alsott, John Lynch, etc.. Just like Sapp, Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Alstott, etc. were close to Tony Dungy when he was the head coach, there's a certain closeness in the stands among fans, and the cannon in the pirate ship only adds to this camaraderie.
This stadium has a certain college-football atmosphere to it, a rarity for an NFL stadium, and in football-rich Florida, fans of Florida, Florida State, Miami, etc. can all a truce on Sunday and cheer for the Bucs, who tend to sport representatives from Florida universities.
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Parking Availability: Better Get There Early
Seat Location: Mid Level