Raymond James Stadium – Tampa Florida Home Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Raymond James Stadium, often abbreviated to RJS, is located in Tampa, Florida. 

The stadium takes its name from a well – established financial services firm, Raymond James Financial, which is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Since opening in 1998, Raymond James Financial has owned the naming rights to the stadium and will continue to do so through to the 2027 season.

Raymond James Stadium - Tampa Florida Home Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The deal for the naming rights for this 13-year period cost Raymond James Financial somewhere in the region of $32.5 million.

The NFL Players Association has rated the RJS’s field as the best in the league throughout the stadium’s history, and is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel” of The National Football League by the league’s insiders. 

In terms of teams calling the Raymond James Stadium their home, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Vipers, and the South Florida Bulls all play at the stadium. 

How Many Seats Are In The Raymond James Stadium?

RJS has an impressive capacity of 65,000 seats. This is expandable to 75,000 when required for special events by way of temporary seating. 

This number of seats is inclusive of 12,000 club seats and 195 luxury suites. 

On both sides of the field  you’ll find two, three – tiered grandstands. The additional seating is located past both end zones.

Directions – How to get to Raymond James Stadium?

Raymond James Stadium is located at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway. 

You can use the free Waze app (available here) to get real-time traffic information including road closure updates from other drivers and directly from Raymond James Stadium.

To get from Tampa to the Raymond James Stadium takes around 21 minutes via the Line 7 bus route. 

124 services usually run on a weekly schedule, although this can be subject to change at the weekend and on public holidays. 

The ticket price is extremely competitive, priced at $2 for the cheapest ticket. 

A taxi ride from Tampa to the stadium will take about 7 minutes and is considerably more expensive at between $13 to $16.

Raymond James Stadium has a designated pick-up/drop off area. This is located on the north side of the stadium off N. Dale Mabry Highway neater the pedestrian bridge.

The pickup/drop off area is designated for mass transit (buses/coaches), non-disabled drop-off, and taxi pick-up.

In terms of the ride-sharing drop off/pick-up area, this is the same as the above.

However, for events and concerts with a high volume, this is subject to change. This information can be found on the day at the RJS website. 

Where to Park Near Raymond James Stadium?

There is a good deal of choice when it comes to parking near the stadium. 

It’s worth noting that all parking lots owned and operated by RJS use cashless and contactless systems. 

Surrounding the stadium there are 5 car parking lots. 

Lot A and Lot CW are designated for disabled parking.

In the wider area surrounding the stadium, there is a greater amount of parking lots which are ideal for game days. 

The onsite parking lot rates do vary according to the event taking place. 

On game days, official Buccaneers parking will set you back at least $30. Offsite car parking rates located around the stadium vary depending on if it’s a game day, or by popularity of events. These rates can range from £30 all the way up to $60. 

Parking for Buses, RVs, and Campers is located in Lot 14 on Buccaneer game days. This is accessible via MLK Boulevard. 

For nearly all other events, such as concerts, RVs, Campers, and Buses are permitted to park on stadium grounds in Lot 8 located off Himes Avenue. 

Raymond James Stadium Frequently Asked Questions

Is Overnight Parking Allowed At Raymond James Stadium? 

Overnight parking is not permitted on any of the RJS owned properties. This includes all vehicles. 

Does Raymond James Stadium Have A Designated Driver Program? 

Yes, RJS offers Budweiser’s Good Sport Designated Driver Program.

This program runs at all events serving alcohol. 

If you pledge yourself as the designated driver, you will receive a free soft drink coupon that is redeemable at all permanent concession locations. 

Can You Purchase ADA (Accessibility) Parking In Advance? 

Sadly not. ADA parking is available on a first come, first served basis. 

You must also present a valid driving license and photo I.D. 

Who Paid For The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium?

Before being known as the Raymond James Stadium, the public paid for the stadium, and it was known as the Tampa Community Stadium. 

Is The Raymond James Stadium A Dome? 

Unlike most other recent Super Bowl stadiums, the RJS is open-air, for now. 

Which Teams Play At The RJS? 

Raymond James Stadium is the official home of the following teams: 

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
  • South Florida Bulls football 
  • Tampa Bay Vipers

Is Tailgating Allowed At Raymond James Stadium? 

You are allowed to have tailgating activities inside stadium-controlled parking lots. 

There are also numerous public parking lots near the stadium that also allow tailgating. 

Does RJS Operate A No Bag Policy? 

Yes, a no bag policy is in effect for all events. 

You are permitted one small clutch purse no bigger than 4.5” by 6.5”. All other sized bags must be either left in your vehicle or they can be stored in rentable storage lockers located south of Gate C on Tom McEwan BLVD. 

Can You Smoke/Vape At Raymond James Stadium? 

RJS operates a no smoking policy which includes e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

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