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Raymond James Stadium & St. Pete Times Forum (2USFL-2318)


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RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) (1998-present) Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) (1999-2001) USF Bulls (NCAA) (1998-present)

Raymond James Stadium, also known as "The Ray Jay", is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa, Florida. It is home to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team. The stadium seats 65,857, and it is expandable to 75,000 for special events.

Raymond James Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXV on January 28, 2001 between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants and Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.

One of the most recognizable features of the stadium is a 103-foot, 43–ton steel-and-concrete replica pirate ship, which fires soft-rubber footballs and confetti each time that the Bucs score points or enter the other team's red zone. The cannon fire six times for a touchdown, once for an extra point, twice for a safety or two point conversion, and three times for a field goal. In addition, when the Buccaneers enter their opponent's red zone, stadium hosts hoist team flags around the perimeter of the upper deck. During various times throughout the game, the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" is played on the stadium public address system (taken from Pirates of the Caribbean), which signals patrons onboard the ship to throw beads, t–shirts, and other free prizes to the people below. There’s an animated parrot who sits on the stern of the pirate ship. Controlled by radio and remote control, the parrot picks fans out of the crowd and talks to those passing by.

ST. PETE TIMES FORUM: Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1996-present) Tampa Bay Storm (AFL) (1997-2008) Tampa Breeze (LFL) (2009-present)

St. Pete Times Forum, located in Downtown Tampa's Channelside District was a secondary location chosen after the failure of Tampa Coliseum Inc. to secure funding to construct an arena on Tampa Sports Authority land near Tampa Stadium. It opened in 1996 as the Ice Palace. Its first event was the Lightning hosting the New York Rangers. The Lightning won by a score of 5–2.

The arena was built as a new home for the Lightning after it outgrew the older, smaller Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Prior to the opening of the Ice Palace, the Lightning moved to the Florida Suncoast Dome, which was renamed the "Thunderdome", in St. Petersburg, Florida, joining the Tampa Bay Storm, in 1994. Upon the completion of the Ice Palace, both the Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm, also a tenant of the Thunderdome, moved in and have made it their home since then. The Thunderdome, now named Tropicana Field, is currently home to Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays.

Unused 4" x 6" continental size chrome

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