Raymond James Stadium

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Whether it’s known by the traditional name of “professional wrestling” or the modern label of “sports entertainment,” there’s no denying that the biggest event in that business is WrestleMania.

Next year, World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing the spectacle – and the thousands of fans that come from all over the world for it – to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium for the first time.

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A second professional football league is supposed to come to Tampa in 2020. But one local sports marketing expert says its likelihood of success isn’t high.

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The University of South Florida is asking students, alumni, faculty and staff for their feelings about an on-campus football stadium.

More than 200 low-income and academically high-achieving students were chosen to be part of an event held by the cable television channel TLC’s “Say Yes to the Prom” event at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Students from Leto, Spoto, Brandon, Chamberlain, and Middleton high schools were treated to free prom dresses, makeovers, mentoring and shopping for formal wear.

Senate Bill Could Curb Stadium Projects

Sep 27, 2017

Professional sports franchises would be prohibited from building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land under a measure introduced Tuesday in the Florida Senate.

The proposal (SB 352) by Sen. Rene Garcia R-Hialeah, is similar to legislation (HB 13) filed in the House by Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah. Both bills are filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

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The song said "it never rains in Southern California," but recent heavy downpours in Los Angeles have led the National Football League to switch the host city for the Super Bowl in 2021 from L.A. to Tampa.

Raymond James Stadium Funding Request May Get Sacked

Feb 17, 2017

A request for state money to help cover ongoing improvements at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa satisfies state funding requirements. However, there is little chance the request from Buccaneers Football Stadium Limited Partnership for Raymond James Stadium will get much consideration from the Legislature.

The partnership's request for Raymond James Stadium --- $1 million a year, for at least 10 years --- would offset already-started renovations projected to cost between $120 million and $140 million. It is the only stadium-funding application now before the Legislature.

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Kickoff for the biggest game in college football is just hours away. Thousands of people have gathered outside Tampa's Raymond James Stadium for the Clemson-Alabama championship game.

The line to get into the fan-only party zone wrapped a half-mile around the grass parking lot of Raymond James Stadium around noon Monday. When the metal gates were removed eight hours before game time, Jessica Fultz was there - first in line. The University of Alabama senior had been camping there for a day and a half. 

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The NFL passed over Tampa again in awarding Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one.

Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

Tampa was among the finalists for 2019 and 2020. The city has not hosted a Super Bowl since 2009. The city and the Buccaneers recently set aside $100 million to upgrade Raymond James Stadium.

NFL: Purse, Backpack Are a No, Clutch is Okay

Jul 31, 2013
Yoselis Ramos

The NFL's new security policy is limiting the number and sizes of bags that fans can bring into stadiums. That policy will be enforced starting next week at the Buccaneers' pre-season home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Purses, backpacks, seat cushions, and fanny packs are no more starting this season at Raymond James Stadium for any of its events, like the USF and Bucs games or the Monster Jam Truck Series.

Tampa's Raymond James Stadium is an apparent long shot finalist to host the first championship game in Division I college football.

While the Tampa Bay Times quotes Bowl Championship Series Chief Operating Officer Michael Kelly as saying Raymond James Stadium and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, are the two finalists to host the game on January 12, 2015, ESPN cites sources who say those were the only two communities submitting bids.

In addition, those sources tell ESPN Cowboys Stadium, which has seen crowds of over 90,000 for college football, is a "virtual lock" to host the championship game.