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Tampa Stadium (TMP-12)


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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 5" x 7" jumbo size chrome

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