About Tampa Bay Buccaneers
History of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The NFL found its way to Tampa, Florida in 1976 when the league awarded an expansion franchise to the city. Originally, the proposed Tampa Bay expansion was awarded to construction company owner Tom McCloskey, but McCloskey backed out of the deal. Instead, the franchise was awarded to Hugh Culverhouse, who had previously failed to bid high enough to buy the Los Angeles Rams. Like many teams in the NFL, the name ‘Buccaneers’ was decided by a name-the-team contest. The expansion teams of the era had a difficult time building a successful roster that could win football games right away, and with no team was that more evident than with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During their first NFL season, the Bucs were unable to find the win column, losing each of their fourteen games. The second season was not much better, as they lost the first twelve games. The team's 0-26 start as a franchise is a record for the worst in NFL history.
The team's popularity began to grow among potential ticket buyers in 1996 when the franchise hired Tony Dungy as their head coach. His winning personality and defensive mindset changed the culture in Tampa. From 1996 through 2001, Dungy compiled a 54-42 record and helped take the Buccaneers from a last place franchise to one of the NFL's elite teams and one of the most sought-after tickets in the league. Despite Dungy consistently bringing Tampa Bay to the NFL playoffs, he could never bring the team to the next level. After letting go of the popular coach, the team hired fiery head coach Jon Gruden to replace the even-tempered Dungy in 2002. That same year, with players like Warren Sapp, Keyshawn Johnson and Brad Johnson, coach Gruden helped to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first championship in Super Bowl XXXVII.
The Buccaneer’s home is the Raymond James “Ray-Jay” Stadium. The stadium opened on September 20, 1998 and has been the home venue for Tampa Bay ever since. Its capacity is 65,890 which is expandable to 75,000. The stadium features a 103-foot, 43-ton steel and concrete replica pirate ship in the north end zone. Each time the Bucs score, enter the other team’s red zone, or win a home game, the replica cannons on the ship are fired off. According to a 2009 biannual players’ survey, Raymond James Stadium has the second-best turf in the NFL.
2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season
The 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the team’s 42nd season in the NFL and 20th at Raymond James Stadium. Additions to the 2017 roster included wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive tackle Chris Baker, safety J.J. Wilcox, and kicker Nick Folk. The Buccaneers also acquired the number 19 pick overall in the 2017 NFL Draft – tight end O.J. Howard from the University of Alabama. Despite significant additions to the roster Tampa Bay failed to make the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season. Young quarterback, Jameis Winston, suffered a shoulder injury and missed three games during the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick started in his place. The team only won five games the whole season, placing them in last in the NFC South. Tampa Bay will try to come off a disappointing season with the tenacity to make it to the postseason in 2018.
2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season
The 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season will be the third under head coach Dirk Koetter. On April 12, 2018 linebacker Kendell Beckwith was in a car accident and fractured his ankle. He is continuing to recover and is expected to play in the upcoming season. In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers acquired defensive tackle Vita Vea from University of Washington number 12 overall. The team also acquired running back Ronald Jones II from USC and cornerback M.J. Steward from University of North Carolina. Quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the season. The suspension comes from Winston violating the league’s personal conduct policy for allegedly groping a female Uber driver earlier this year. Tampa Bay is hoping his absence in the beginning of the season will not put the team off track. The 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season will kick off on September 9th against division rivals the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The first home game will be the following week against defending Super Bowl champs the Philadelphia Eagles. Throughout the season the Buccaneers will have to face their other division rivals – the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons – in order to claim a spot in the playoffs. Will this be the season for the Buccaneers to break the streak? There is only one way to find out! TicketNetwork has all your access to Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets. Whether it is a home or away game, TicketNetwork can get you in. Don’t miss out on your favorite NFL team playing live this season and grab your tickets from TicketNetwork today!