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  • Tue., Sep. 08, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Back to Football Forum with the Buccaneers Luncheon The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invite local business leaders and Bucs fans to enjoy lunch and a 2015 season preview with Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer, Head Coach Lovie Smith and General Manager Jason Licht, along with various players.

  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Buccaneers Academy FDOT Backpack Caravan While getting ready for their own kickoff on the football field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proud to also help kick off the school year for young Bay-area Bucs fans!
  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Downtown Tampa SIEGE Celebration The Bucs will “SIEGE” Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Tampa’s historic Hispanic roots and the beginning of our regular season! This fun, free event will feature autographs from Bucs Legends, the Buccaneers Street Team, a Buccaneers Cheerleader performance and various food truck vendors!
  • Thu., Sep. 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT Launch Party for RED, the Buccaneers new Women’s Movement

    Join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10th from 6pm-9pm at Raymond James Stadium to be a part of the Buccaneers all-new RED, the Women’s Movement!

  • Sat., Sep. 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Back to Football Celebration at Glazer Children’s Museum Celebrate the season opener with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by joining us at a special Back to Football event at the Glazer Children’s Museum!
  • Sun., Sep. 13, 2015 4:25 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Titans Week 1
  • Tue., Sep. 15, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Build UnitedHealthcare volunteers, Bucs players, cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will construct Learning Garden kits at One Buccaneer Place that will teach students about growing healthy, sustainable foods.
  • Sun., Sep. 20, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Saints Week 2
  • Tue., Sep. 22, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Delivery Buccaneers staff will install Learning Gardens in seven Buccaneers Academies.
  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Texans Week 3
  • Tue., Sep. 29, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation Vehicle Unveiling The new and improved Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation will be unveiled at Twin Lakes Elementary School!
  • Sun., Oct. 04, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Panthers Week 4
  • Tue., Oct. 06, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Rookie Club: Metropolitan Ministries LAMPLighters Fall Festival The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club, Cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will interact with the children through games, dancing, arts & crafts, and more during Metropolitan Ministries' Fall Festival.

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2017 FBS Championship Coming to Bay Area

Posted Dec 16, 2013

The home of the Buccaneers will also be the location of one of the most exciting new events in sports, the College Football Playoff championship game, in January of 2017

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Tampa Bay area beat out five other cities to draw the FBS championship game in 2017
  • Successful Super Bowls and other enormous sporting events and concerts have made Tampa a popular site for such games
  • Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer says the FBS title game will showcase the Buccaneers' home community
It took the NCAA decades to institute a playoff system for its top level of football.  It will only take three years for that exciting new event to land in Tampa.

On Monday, the sites for the first three title games produced by the new four-team College Football Playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision were announced by the NCAA.  The inaugural game will take place in January of 2015 in Arlington, Texas, followed by the 2016 game in Glendale, Arizona and the 2017 game in Tampa, Florida.  The 2017 FBS National Championship game will be played at Raymond James Stadium, which primarily serves as the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission's bid for the 2017 game beat out five other cities that were in the running: San Francisco/Santa Clara, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Miami.  The rich history of Super Bowls and other high-profile sporting events hosted in the Bay area and at Raymond James Stadium surely played a part in the selection of Tampa for this groundbreaking occasion.

“The Tampa Bay area has a long history of hosting big sporting events," said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer.  "We are thrilled that our community will once again be showcased in the national spotlight and share in the excitement generated by the NCAA National Championship Game."

The Tampa Bay area has been the site for four Super Bowls, most recently Super Bowl XLIII at the end of the 2008 NFL season.  Two of those four have been held at Raymond James Stadium since its inaugural season of 1998, both to outstanding reviews.  The stadium is also host each year to the Outback Bowl played on New Year's Day, and is the gameday home of the nearby University of South Florida.

-- Raymond James Stadium is home to the Buccaneers and has been the site of two Super Bowls
In addition to such landmark football games, Raymond James Stadium is also home each year to the popular Monster Jam motorsports event and the American Invitational equestrian competition, as well as a stop on some of the largest concert tours in the country, such as Kenny Chesney, U2 and  - coming in October of 2014 – One Direction.

Raymond James Stadium is designed to hold 65,000 fans but can be expanded to fit closer to 75,000, as has been the case during its two Super Bowls.  It is one of the most recognizable sporting venues in the country, thanks largely to Buccaneers Cove in the north end zone, which features a 103-foot pirate ship with cannons that fire when the Buccaneers score.

As a popular tourist destination and a sports-minded community, the Bay area has been the choice for many other championship events at a variety of venues.  The NCAA men's basketball tournament has come to the Bay area for opening rounds three times in the last decade – 2003, 2008 and 2011 – while the women's tournament played its Final Four in Tampa Bay in 2008 and will do so again in 2015.  The Frozen Four – the NCAA's ice hockey championship – was so successful in Tampa in 2012 that it's coming back in 2016 despite no previous history in the South.  The ACC held its football championship in Tampa for two straight years (2008, 2009) while the SEC played its basketball tournament there in 2009.

The 2017 college football title game is the latest feather in the Bay area's sporting camp, and, as TBSC Executive Director Rob Higgins tweeted on Monday, getting the game was, "A defining moment for our community!!!!!"