About Raymond James Stadium
Raymond James Stadium
Known affectionately as Ray Jay to its fans (and Community Investment Tax Stadium to its detractors), Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida is a 65,000 open-air multi-use stadium that can be expanded up to 75,000 temporarily for big events like the Super Bowl. Whether it’s NFL games, NCAA football, MLS soccer matches, or more, this arena has what you’re looking for in a sports venue.
History of Raymond James Stadium
Shortly after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was bought out in 1995, new owner Malcolm Glazer started lobbying hard and fast for a new place for the Bucs to play. The squeaky wheel gets the kick, and by 1998 Ray Jay had opened its doors for the first time. The rest, as they say, is history – though as the arena has continued to age it’s been renovated extensively to keep it as modern as possible. The latest of these refurb efforts, along with its more than $100 million price tag, was in 2016.
What Makes Raymond James Stadium Events So Special?
Ray Jay is a great football stadium with a lot of personality. It starts with the massive pirate ship replica at the north end zone – it’s more than 100 feet long and it’s equipped with a bunch of replica pirate cannons that fire off whenever the Bucs score or win a game. Patrons toss merch from the ship into the stands a number of times throughout the game, and a radio-controlled talking parrot statue on the ship also calls out and interacts with fans as well. If you’re a fan of Pirates of the Carribean (the movie or the ride), it’s a fun time to be sure!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Raymond James Stadium located?
Also known as "Ray Jay", Raymond James Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium located in Tampa, Florida.
What kind of events does Raymond James Stadium host?
Raymond James Stadium events are primarily professional and college football. The venue also hosts other events such as concerts, soccer, and is set to host WrestleMania 36 on April 5, 2020, and Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021.
Which team is playing at Raymond James Stadium?
Raymond James Stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL as well as the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team.
Where can I park for free at Raymond James Stadium?
Finding Raymond James Stadium parking is simple, with 14 official parking lots just outside of the stadium, but only five are available for general parking and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking for Raymond James Stadium events costs $25. There are other parking facilities within easy walking distance of the stadium, where parking generally costs $20.
What is the seating capacity of Raymond James Stadium?
Raymond James Stadium events can seat up to 65,618 fans. This can be expanded, with the addition of temporary seating, to 75,000 for special events.
Who owns Raymond James Stadium?
The multi-purpose stadium is owned by Hillsborough County.
How do I get to Raymond James Stadium using public transport?
Unfortunately, fans relying on public transport to get to Raymond James Stadium events are out of luck. There is not much public transport that reaches the stadium if driving is out of the question. Then Uber is your best bet - when leaving, we recommend walking a few blocks away from the stadium to avoid traffic.