Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium)

 

  • GAME DAY:  October 12, 2014 
  • OPPONENT:  Baltimore
  • SCORE:  Ravens 48, Buccaneers 17
  • CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE:  65,890/60,041
  • THE TRIP:  My son Charlie and I visited the Tampa/Gainesville area to watch this game as well as a Florida/LSU matchup the previous day.
  • IMPRESSIONS:  This game is proof that NFL attendance figures are bogus, with a stated attendance of 60,041 - I doubt if even 25,000 actually entered the stadium.  Fan base was dead - didnt help that the Bucs were 1-5 going into the game and the Ravens scored 5 touchdowns in the first 16 minutes of the game.
  • WE LOVED:  Sitting in a noiseless and empty stadium where you could grab a seat in any section.  The Tampa Tribune handed out a gift pack when you entered the stadium and I was able to quietly read the paper during the second quarter.
  • TRAVEL TIP:  Stay at the Tampa Downtown Hilton Hotel.  Surprised at the high-end quality of this hotel, which is conveniently located near the interstate as you travel around the Tampa area, and adjacent to a grouping of lively and diverse downtown restaurants.  The drives to Gainesville and Disney World are less than two hours.