Owner/Co-Chairman Edward Glazer oversees many aspects of the team’s day-to-day business operations.
Entering his 24th season with Tampa Bay in 2018, Owner/Co-Chairman Edward Glazer oversees many aspects of the team’s day-to-day business operations.
Recognizing that the fans are of the utmost importance to the team’s success, Glazer sets the tone for Tampa Bay’s commitment to its fan base. In recent years, Glazer has overseen a complete overhaul of the team’s marketing and sales departments, including the launch of the Member Relations Department created exclusively for Buccaneers Season Pass Members. The department -- which has evolved into a best-in-class industry leader -- offers an array of off-the-field benefits and unparalleled customer service. As a result, the Buccaneers have earned a No. 1 ranking in overall customer satisfaction among all 32 NFL clubs an unprecedented four times in the past six seasons.
Glazer scrutinizes every detail of the business operations at One Buccaneer Place to ensure that fans are getting the best possible Buccaneers experience and value. With the goal of making season pass membership even more accessible to fans, Glazer introduced the NFL’s first 12-month interest-free payment plan.
With a focus on continually improving the gameday experience for Buccaneers fans, Glazer was instrumental in the more than $160 million, multi-phase renovation of Raymond James Stadium. The first phase was completed for the Buccaneers’ 2014 season and included the renovation of all main level concession stands. The second phase was completed for the 2016 season and was highlighted by the installation of over 29,000 square feet of new, state-of-the-art HD video boards in each end zone, all new ribbon boards and four HD tower video displays in each corner of the stadium. Also included was an all-new surround sound system, a complete renovation of all luxury suites and the introduction of the all-inclusive Hall of Fame Club.
Phase three of the construction was completed in time for the 2017 season and included a completely redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store, expansion of the highly successful Hall of Fame Club, and a new home team locker room. The redesigned West Stadium Club incorporates modern style with high-end finishes and furnishings, while providing more than 60,000 square feet of total lounge space – an increase of more than 25 percent from the original event space. Additional amenities include a centrally-located, state-of-the-art bar featuring a pair of video walls, two oversized 26-foot-by-15-foot video walls located at each end of the Club, and the installation of 178 new 4K video displays throughout the space.
The most recent phase of renovations includes a complete makeover of the East Stadium Club that includes similar high-end finishes as well as the debut of Bar 76—an 8,000-square-foot, full-service premium sports bar in the East Atrium. Bar 76 features a wide array of culinary stations, one of the area’s largest assortments of beers on tap, 58 TVs, and three distinct 15 feet by 9 feet video boards.
In addition, during the 2017 offseason, Glazer also played a part in the decision to construct a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility at One Buccaneer Place that offers players and coaches the flexibility to practice indoors during times of inclement weather. The 100,000-square foot facility features a full length artificial surface field and more than 3,000 seats for fans to view select training camp practices.
Prior to the 2014 season, the Buccaneers unveiled a new uniform created by Glazer in collaboration with Nike and the NFL. The new uniform features a bold look with custom name and number fonts as well as the first chrome facemasks on an NFL helmet. The enhanced logo – which features an enlarged flag and more menacing skull design – honors the Buccaneers’ rich tradition while boldly bringing the team into the future through a modern industrial aesthetic. The team also energized its color scheme with a richer shade of pewter juxtaposed with a brighter, more vibrant shade of red, as well as more prominently featuring “Bay Orange” as a primary trim and accent color.
The Glazer family has been devoted to building a winning team from their earliest days as owners. Under the Glazers, Tampa Bay has enjoyed its most successful stretch as a franchise, posting seven playoff appearances -- with four division championships -- in addition to a world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII, a 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in San Diego on January 26, 2003.
With another Super Bowl victory as the ultimate goal, the Glazers have made bold, educated moves to assemble a winning franchise. In 2014, Glazer and his siblings hired General Manager Jason Licht and in 2016 they promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach. The Buccaneers have drafted key pieces of the future while extending contracts for homegrown talent and securing important free agents. In 2015, the team’s draft produced an astonishing four rookies who made immediate impacts as starters: quarterback Jameis Winston, offensive linemen Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, and linebacker Kwon Alexander.
The Buccaneers have also extended contracts for defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (2014), linebacker Lavonte David (2015), wide receiver Mike Evans (2018) and tight end Cameron Brate (2018), ensuring that the vital core of the team’s foundation for future success stays intact.
Away from the football field, Glazer is also heavily involved in charitable endeavors, including the Glazer Family Foundation, which has provided bay area residents with millions of dollars in funding for programs, tickets, grants and in-kind contributions.
The Glazer family was previously honored with the prestigious Gonzmart Family Ambassador of the Year Award, as part of the 26th annual National Tourism Week, presented by Tampa Bay & Company. The Ambassador Award was presented to the Glazers in recognition of their efforts to help the tourism industry in the Tampa Bay Area, as well as their impact on the community overall.
The Glazer family also is passionate about enriching the lives of youth in the Tampa Bay area. To that end, the Glazer Children’s Museum opened in downtown Tampa to rave reviews, earning recognition by Women’s Day Magazine as one of the Top 10 family museums in the country.
Glazer and his wife, Shari, are committed to providing aid and support to many philanthropic causes as well as the fine arts, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles (MOCA) among others. Ed and Shari also founded the “B.F.F. Bear Program” which gives away thousands of free teddy bears annually to pediatric patients at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
In addition to his duties with the Buccaneers, Glazer serves on the board of the family-owned Manchester United Soccer Club – the world’s most popular team with over 660 million fans worldwide. Manchester United has won the Premier League title 13 times and has also played in three Champions League final matches, winning the 2008 Champions League title. In addition, Manchester United is a 12-time winner of the FA Cup, most recently in 2016. Glazer is also founder and CEO of US Property Trust which owns and operates real estate throughout the United States.
A proud Ithaca College alumnus, Glazer opened the Edward and Shari Glazer Arena on the school’s campus in 2016. The couple has three daughters.