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.