The Bucs will play its first preseason contest on August 2 against the New York Jets in the American Bowl, which will be played in Tokyo, Japan. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN, but a time for the Bucs-Jets game will be announced at a later date.
The defending Super Bowl champions will then appear on ABC's Monday Night Football in Week 2 in an exhibition against the St. Louis Rams. The Bucs and Rams will clash on Aug. 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The Bucs will play five preseason games in 2003. In addition to its games vs. the Jets and Rams, the Bucs will also play a road game against the Miami Dolphins, and home games against Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.
The NFL will release Tampa Bay's 2003 regular season schedule in late March or early April.