Bryce Stevenson, Stadium Journey

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Special Correspondent Bryce Stevenson visits a stadium that has gone "all-in" with the pirate concept. Take a look and see what he found.

Completed in 1998, Raymond James Stadium was built in northern Tampa to replace the aging Tampa Stadium. Publicly funded at the request of Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer, "Ray Jay" currently hosts the Buccaneers as well as the University of South Florida Bulls. It frequently hosts "high profile" neutral site regular season college football games as well as the postseason Outback Bowl. In January 2017, Tampa hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship.

The stadium has hosted many national sporting events in its nearly 20 year lifespan. Super Bowls 35 and 43 were both played in the stadium, and the ACC Championship was located in Tampa in 2008 and 2009. Group stage games of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup were played at Raymond James, and it will also be the site for group stage matches in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Raymond James Stadium has undergone multiple rounds of renovation over the years, and the final product is a stadium that would feel normal if not for the revolutionary post-modern stadium designs that have been built since AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Football seating capacity is 65,890, and can be expanded above 75,000 with the use of temporary bleachers primarily behind the end zone areas.

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