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Raymond James Stadium & Tampa Stadium (PC46-TMP042)


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Tough, out-of-print continental published by The Postcard Factory!!

One of only 2 postcards known to show both stadiums "Old & New" standing side by side!!!

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.

TAMPA STADIUM:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) (1976-1997) Can-Am Bowl (NCAA) (1977-1979) Outback Bowl (NCAA) (1986-1998) Florida Classic (NCAA) (1978-1996) University of Tampa (NCAA) (1967-1974) Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) (1975-1984) Tampa Bay Bandits (USFL) (1983-1985) Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) (1996-1998) USF (NCAA) (1997)

Tampa Stadium (known as Houlihan's Stadium from 1996 to 1998, and nicknamed "The Big Sombrero" due to its shape) was a sports venue located in Tampa, Florida. The stadium is most closely associated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers National Football League franchise, which played all of their home games in the stadium from 1976 through 1997. It was demolished following the construction of Raymond James Stadium (sometimes referred to as "The New Sombrero" despite its unsombrero-like design) which opened in 1998.

Construction on Tampa Stadium began in the fall of 1966, and the facility opened in 1967. The stadium was built next to Al Lopez Field, the then-home of the Tampa Tarpons Florida State League baseball team, and the spring training site of the Cincinnati Reds National League baseball franchise. Ample parking was available in the large grassy lots around the stadium, as well as at nearby Horizon Park (now Al Lopez Park) and Jesuit High School.

The stadium's original tenant was the University of Tampa Spartans football team. The Spartans hosted the stadium's first sporting event on November 4, 1967 when they played the University of Tennessee. The Spartans moved up to Division I officially in 1971 and sent several players to the NFL. However attendance at the games did not meet expectations and university president B.D. Owens said the school would face bankruptcy if it continued to subsidize the sport. At the end of the 1974 season the school pulled the plug on the entire program.

Unused 4" x 6" continental size chrome postcard.

Dist. by The Postcard Factory

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