Raymond James Stadium was completed in 1998 and is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of South Florida Bulls, and the New Year’s Day Outback Bowl. It is located north of downtown just across the street from Yankee's Legends Field. The stadium was built at a cost of $170 million and it seats 66,000.
I attended the Bucs game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. This was almost a home game for the Steelers with a huge crowd in Black and Gold, waving Terrible Towels. The Steelers manhandled the Bucs, winning 38-13, while rushing for over 200 yards. Charlie Batch looked like a Hall of Famer in this game, throwing for three touchdowns in his first start in three years.
After the game we happened upon the area where the Steelers walk out to their buses, and we got to see Charlie Batch, Troy Polamalu, Chris Kemoeatu, Mike Wallace and others.
The game is only3 hours long but the parties run for 3 days. Be sure to explore all that Tampa has to offer for sports and other activities.
Party-wise though..here's a start.
There will be parties galore throughout the weekend--many private,
some public, and most a little pricey.
Super Bowl parties will be spread throughout the Tampa Bay area:
Thurs. Jan 29---P Diddy hosts the "Champipons of the Good Life" party
at The Venue in St. Petersburg with tickets starting @ $200.
Promoters say it will be a "Vegas Fight Night" themed extravaganza
with famous athletes and celebrities. Inside guests will be greeted
by costumed ring girls and casino dealers to create a real Vegas vibe.
Friday Jan. 30th--- Deion Sanders & P Diddy host "Legends of the Good
Life" Party at The Venue in St. Petersburg with tickets again
starting @ $200. Promoters say this will be a night of celebrating
excellence in sports with some of the world's most decorated and
recognizable athletes.For more information visit
Fri. Jan 30th--The 6th Annual Leather and Laces Party hosted by Kim
Kardashian, Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra held at Jackson's in
Tampa with tickets starting at $270. For more information visit
www.leatherandlaces.com. Promoters call this a fun and sexy party
that will include music by L.A. based DJ Tendaji Lathan and
performances by Cirgue USA. Past celebrities at this event have
included Kid Rock, Brooke Burke, Heidi Klum and Jeremy Piven.
Fri. Jan. 30th--Seminole Hard Rock's Revolution Party at Floyd's
inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa with
tickets starting at $125.For more information visit
Promoters say this star-studded event will be hosted by Kevin Dillon
of HBO's Entourage, Boris Kodjoe of Showtime's Soul Food, Khloe
Kardashian of E's Keeping up with the Kardashians and Vida Guerra,
one of Playboy's most celebrated cover models. Playboy's 50th
anniversary Playmate Colleen Shannon will also be the featured DJ.
Hard Rock also toutes this as the only late night party place in
Tampa with the party going until 6AM Saturday morning.
Fri. Jan. 30th the "Under the Veil" Celebrity Party hosted by
Jermaine Dupri and Aqib Talib will be held at the Museum of Science
and Industry in Tampa with tickets starting at $300.For more
information visit www.undertheveilparty.com
Promoters say this star-studded event will feature appearances by
Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Vivica Fox, Megan Good and Antonio Tarver.
The event will cover 5 floors and 30,000 square feet with multiple
DJ's providing evening entertainment
Fri. Jan 30th---The MAXIM Party held at The Ritz Ybor City is an
invite only party and MAXIM says SIRIUS XM hosts Covino & Rich will
broadcast live from the red carpet during this party. This is
generally regarded as one of the best Super Bowl parties. Past
celebrities and athletes at this affair have included Cindy Crawford,
Rande Gerber, Vanessa Minillo, Adam Sandler, Steve Nash, Reggie Bush,
Kim Kardashian, Stacey Keibler and Heidi Montag
Sat. Jan. 31---"Icons of the Good Life" Party hosted by Sean "Diddy"
Combs Held at The Venue in St. Petersburg and tickets start at $200
For more information visit www.goodlifeexperience.com. Promoters say
this diamonds and pearls themed gala will give you the opportunity to
show off your gems, don your pearls and sip champagne with a
celebrity guest list only Diddy can provide
Sat. Jan 31---"Saturday Night Spectacular" hosted by Kevin Costner
and NFL Great Michael Strahanat The T Pepin Hospitality Centre
Tickets start at $875 per person. For more information visit
Promoters tout this as the "ultra premiere event" with more than 50
athletes and celebrities expected to attend. Costner will not only co-
host the event, but he will also perform live with his ban Modern
West. Starship SuperGroup starring Mickey Thomas, Bobby Kimball of
ToTo, Jimi Jamison of Survivor and Skip Martin of Kool & The Gang and
The Dazz Band will also rock the night away. Cirque USA performers
will also perform during this event. The Saturday Night Spectacular
will also benefit the Matthew Tryson Bryant Foundation, which was
created by Tampa Bay Bucs kicker Matt Bryant and his wife Melissa in
honor of their 3-month-old son Matthew Tryson, who passed away in
September of last year.
Sat. Jan. 31---Nelly and Antonio Tarver's Celebrity Super Bowl Party
Held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa with tickets
starting at $300. For more information visit
www.undertheveilparty.com. Promoters say this ultra VIP party will
feature celebrities, athletes and women of unbelievable beauty. The
event will cover 30,000 square feet over 5 floors with 4 DJ's.
Here is a website guide to parties...(note:Playboy is not hosting a
party this year).
Me, I'll be attending the big NFL Players Party on Friday night and then who knows where I will end up???? Look for photos though....
In the meantime, take care, travel safe and have safe fun!
Ann, The TravelSlut :-)
Equipment: Bring $$$$ for Super Bowl week and comfortable walking shoes as parking will be limited.
Tampa is home of the 2003 World Champion Buccaneers (NFL). They defeated the Oakland Raiders in the Superbowl on January 26th 2003. You can experience a game at Raymond James stadium if you are in the area sometime between early September and the end of the year. If you get a chance to see a late afternoon or night game it is worth your while.
ramond james stadium is home to the NFL football team the tampa bay bucs. during the off season the ramond james stadium also hosts rock concerts and other large events.