Raymond James Stadium, also referred to as Ray Jay, is located in Tampa, Florida. The stadium is house to the NFL skilled soccer group the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NCAA’s College of South Florida Bulls. The stadium has a capability of 65,857 seats and has the growth potential of about 75000 (that is just for particular occasions), which locations it on the smaller finish of the spectrum within the NFL and about center to decrease finish for faculty soccer.
Some fashionable Nicknames
The stadium can also be known as by the title “The New Sombrero” which comes from the nickname of the previous Tampa Stadium “The Large Sombrero”. Previously Raymond James Stadium has additionally been known as by the title of CITS. The title of CITS has been steered by Chris Thomas, an area sportscaster. CITS stands for “Neighborhood Funding Tax Stadium”, referring to the neighborhood tax that was handed to permit the stadium to be 100% publicly financed.
One other controversial title given by radio play-by-play evaluation Gene Deckerhoff is the “Jesse James Stadium”. This refers back to the leverage that the homeowners of the Buccaneers used to get the stadium paid for utterly by the general public.
Hosted Occasions by Raymond James
Raymond James Stadium hosts the annual faculty soccer Outback Bowl. The outback bowl recreation is performed on New 12 months’s Day and matches the third choose from the SEC in opposition to the third choose from the Large Ten in what has resulted in basic matchups.
Along with this, Raymond James Stadium additionally served as a bunch to 2 Tremendous Bowls. It hosted Tremendous Bowl XXXV in 2001 which matched the New York Giants in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens. It additionally hosted Tremendous Bowl XLIII in 2009 which was a basic matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Why Ray Jay was constructed?
This stadium was constructed to function a alternative to Tampa Stadium, which was demolished in 1999, and is located nearly adjoining to the positioning of the previous Tampa Stadium. It’s constructed on the situation of the previous Al Lopez subject which was torn down in 1989.
Raymond James Stadium’s manufacturing value amounted to $168.5 million. Nevertheless, the complete value was financed publicly. The stadium was known as the “Tampa Neighborhood Stadium” whereas nonetheless, beneath building. Nevertheless, Raymond James Monetary primarily based in St. Petersburg, purchased the naming proper of this stadium for $32.5 million in June, 1988.The corporate prolonged its naming rights in April, 2006 until 2015.