With the 13th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…well, you already know, don’t you? Now know this as well: The Buccaneers' Official Draft Party Presented by Miller Lite, ready to blast off on Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium, just got even better.
By now, every Bucs fan has heard the good news: Tampa Bay swung an extraordinary trade on Sunday night to acquire former New York Jet Darrelle Revis, widely regarded as the best cornerback in the league. That move replaced the mystery of the team's first-round pick with a sure thing for the defense and an even more exciting reason to party for Bucs fans on Thursday night.
Forget about cheering on the newest Buccaneer as he's revealed on television…come to the Official Draft Party and you can welcome Mr. Revis in person. Shortly after completing one of the most dramatic trades in franchise history, the Buccaneers also confirmed this piece of outstanding news for Buc fans: Darrelle Revis will attend Thursday's party.
The VIP guest list doesn't end there. Fans who come to Thursday night's shindig at the stadium will also have the opportunity to interact with the following cornerstone Buccaneer players:
- Mark Barron
- Adrian Clayborn
- Lavonte David
- Josh Freeman
- Dashon Goldson
- Davin Joseph
- Doug Martin
- Gerald McCoy
Including Revis, that's five Pro Bowlers, the two newest starters in Tampa Bay's secondary, three of the NFL's most impactful rookies in 2012, seven NFL first-round picks, the team's most productive pass-rusher in 2011 and the quarterback who plans to lead the whole squad back to playoff glory. While the drama of the NFL Draft's first round plays out on the video walls in the Club Lounge at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay fans will be enjoying the most concentrated amount of Buccaneer star power any party has seen in ages.
There are, of course, many other reasons that the Official Draft Party is the place to be as the first round unfolds, which is why it annually draws such a large and enthusiastic crowd. And all you have to do to join the fun is show up and be ready to cheer, as admittance to the event is free and the night will be filled with exclusive entertainment, autograph opportunities and discounted food and beverage.
The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft begins at 8:00 p.m. ET, but doors to the East Club Lounge open at 6:00 p.m. Fans can also park for free, with public parking in lots 5, 6, 6D and 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. For more information, including a map with parking locations, visit the Official Draft Party page here.
WDAE 620 AM, the official flagship of the Buccaneers Radio Network, will be broadcasting live from the party, providing in-depth coverage before and during the first round. Televised draft coverage will be displayed on the Club Lounge's video walls throughout the evening along with coverage provided by Buccaneers.com. If you're following the draft on Twitter, it will be particularly easy at the Draft Party, as the live Twitter feed will be displayed on the video walls. Join in the conversation on Twitter using "#itsabucsdraft."
Party sponsor Miller Lite will be getting in on the fun, too. They'll be providing MillerCoors Premium Beer Sampling to attendees who are 21 years or older. Fans will also have a chance to win autographed items at the Miller Lite tent.
Buccaneers Season Pass Members will enjoy further benefits during the evening, including early access, complimentary food and beverages, access to the both the Pirate Ship and the field and special member gifts and drawings. Fans interested in becoming Season Pass Members may talk to representatives and purchase passes during the evening, as well, or they can contact a Buccaneers representative today by calling 866-582-BUCS (2827) or visiting the ticket section here on Buccaneers.com.
Join us Thursday night, April 25, for the Official Buccaneers Draft Party Presented by Miller Lite. Darrelle Revis will be there; how about you?