The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 43-21 in Tampa over the last eight years, have turned a home named Raymond James Stadium into one of the most feared locations in the NFL. Now that name will remain prominently featured on the sports landscape well into the next decade.
On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the extension of their stadium naming rights partnership with Raymond James Financial through the 2015 season. Consistently judged as one of the finest sports venues in the world, Raymond James Stadium has borne that name since it opened in 1998.
Raymond James will also continue as the "Official Investment Services Provider" for the Buccaneers with the ability to use team logos, prominent signage throughout the stadium as well as various hospitality elements.
"On behalf of the Glazer family and the entire Buccaneers organization we are thrilled to announce the extension of what has proved to be an extraordinary partnership," said Eric S. Land, the Buccaneers' chief operating officer. "Held in high esteem by the communities it serves, Raymond James Financial has proven to be a winner in every field of endeavor. We are proud to have Raymond James Financial fly its flag atop Tampa Bay's most recognizable landmark."
The Buccaneers have had a 6-2 or better home record during five of their eight campaigns in Raymond James Stadium after accomplishing that feat just twice in their first 22 seasons. They have also won two of their three postseason home games since 1998. On January 28, 2001, Raymond James Stadium played host to Super Bowl XXXV, won by Baltimore, 34-7, over the New York Giants. An outstanding experience on that grand stage prompted the NFL to award Super Bowl XLIII to Tampa, where it will once again be held in "the Crown Jewel of the NFL."
Raymond James Financial has also been thrilled with its eight-year association with the Buccaneers and the Bay area's most famous structure.
"Our relationship with the Buccaneers team, the Glazer family, Coach Jon Gruden and all the individuals associated with the Bucs has been outstanding," said Tom James, chairman and CEO for the St. Petersburg-based company. "Having the Raymond James brand associated with perennial contenders for an NFL Championship, who also contribute to our community in many other ways, has helped build our visibility locally and with prospective investors all over the world. Since we have confidence that these favorable factors will continue in the future, we are pleased to extend the term of our agreement."
Raymond James Financial (NYSE-RJF) is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies. Its three wholly owned broker/dealers, Raymond James & Associates, Raymond James Financial Services and Raymond James Ltd. have more than 4,800 financial advisors serving 1.4 million accounts in 2,200 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $167 billion, of which approximately $31 billion are managed by the firm's asset management subsidiaries.