The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the themes for each of their 10 home dates during the 2017 season, highlighted by two primetime Ring of Honor Games. Late owner Malcolm Glazer will be honored at halftime of Tampa Bay's Thursday Night Football game against the New England Patriots, while Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden will be inducted at halftime of the team's Monday Night Football contest against the Atlanta Falcons on December 18.
The Buccaneers open their preseason home slate against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, August 26. Halftime entertainment will be provided by the team's Junior Cheer program. The Buccaneers are celebrating their 20th season of the Junior Cheerleaders, which is a program designed to promote self-esteem, commitment and discipline for girls ages six to 14 years old.
Tampa Bay will conclude its preseason schedule by hosting the Washington Redskins on Thursday, August 31. The team will celebrate the NFL's Youth Football initiative, which is focused on providing youth football participants with safe and accessible places to play, as well as programs and initiatives that address the importance of proper coaching, health, safety and wellness, academic and life skills development, and character education programs.
On September 17, the Buccaneers will play the Chicago Bears in their regular season home opener with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. The game will also mark the regular season debut of a host of new Raymond James Stadium renovations such as the completely redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store and an expansion of the Hall of Fame Club.
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Two weeks later, on October 1, Tampa Bay will play host to the New York Giants at 4:05 p.m.. The Buccaneers will join in supporting the league's Play 60 campaign, which is designed to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging young fans to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
The Buccaneers will host the first of their two primetime Ring of Honor games just four days later, on October 5, when they face off against the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. The team will be honoring late owner Malcolm Glazer, who bought the team in 1995 and oversaw one of the most impressive organizational transformations in sports. In addition to Glazer's induction, the Buccaneers and the Patriots will each wear their Color Rush uniforms.
After two road games, the Buccaneers return to Tampa to host the Carolina Panthers on October 29. The team will take part in the league-wide "A Crucial Catch" campaign, with uniforms and the stadium featuring pink accents to show support for breast cancer awareness. In addition to the game, the team will be raising funds for the cause with their fifth annual Treasure Chests "Finish at the 50": 5K, 10K, Fun Run & Corporate Challenge Powered by Jabil, a certified road race held in the shadows of Raymond James Stadium. The race will be held on Saturday, October 7 and the first 500 participants to sign up will be a part of the halftime performance on October 29.
When the team takes on the New York Jets on November 12, the Buccaneers will honor the country's military with the annual Salute to Service game. While the organization honors the men and women who served or continue to serve our country year-round, this day will showcase the Buccaneers' appreciation efforts for our military with specialized tributes throughout the gameday experience, highlighted by a halftime induction ceremony for new service members.
The Detroit Lions will visit the Buccaneers on December 10, in a game that will recognize Tampa Bay's Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. The NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year program recognizes players league-wide for their excellence on and off the field, culminating in the announcement of the award winner during the NFL Honors award show, the night prior to the Super Bowl.
The second of Tampa Bay's two primetime Ring of Honor games comes on December 18, when the Buccaneers will face off with the NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons. The game will see Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden – who is part of ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team – inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime. Gruden, whose 57 wins are the most in franchise history, guided the team to a 12-4 record in his first season, en route to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory.
The Buccaneers conclude the regular season with a showdown against the New Orleans Saints on New Year's Eve, when the team will celebrate with a "Thank You Fans," fan appreciation day.
The Buccaneers continue to offer season pass memberships at a wide variety of price points. Memberships start as low as $45 per game for adults and $22.50 per game for youth. For more information or to speak with a Buccaneers account representative, please contact 866-582-BUCS (2827) or visit Buccaneers.com.