Raymond James Stadium Announces New and Exciting Offering for Fans for 2022 Season
TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – As the Buccaneers prepare to kick off the 2022 season with Saturday’s preseason home opener against the Miami Dolphins, the team has unveiled a variety of new offerings that will enhance the gameday experience for Buccaneers fans at Raymond James Stadium.
In response to an unprecedented demand for 2022 season passes, the team announced earlier this offseason an additional seating area named The Krewe’s Nest which will be located in the south end zone at Raymond James Stadium. The additional 3,600 seats will increase the stadium’s capacity to nearly 70,000. In order to make room for the additional temporary seats, the standing room-only fan section on the south end zone concourse has been removed for this season.
Krewe’s Nest patrons will be able to purchase beverage and food items from the comfort of their seats through food vendors that will be stationed throughout the seating locations. The Buccaneers and Tampa Sports Authority have collaborated to ensure that fans continue to have the ability to cross from the west side of the stadium to the east through a dedicated pass-thru lane that has been established behind the seating platform. Existing restrooms on the south concourse will also remain accessible.
“The addition of The Krewe’s Nest for this season is going to play a huge role in helping us create an unmatched atmosphere for games at Raymond James Stadium,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “We are always focused on finding ways to create the best gameday experiences for our members and this is another example of that.”
Additionally, the team has introduced its first-ever expedited entry lane at Raymond James Stadium through an innovative activation with its partners at Fifth Third Bank. In July, the Buccaneers and Fifth Third Bank debuted a team-branded debit card that provides cardholders with a variety of perks including access to the Fifth Third Bank Gate Fast Lane as well as discounts on food and merchandise throughout the stadium.
“With nearly 70,000 fans expected at every home game this season, the Fifth Third Bank Gate Fast Lane will be a terrific addition to the gameday experience for those cardholders to ensure an efficient and worry-free entry through the gates,” said Ford.
And once inside the stadium, Buccaneers fans will be treated to an even greater selection of new and upgraded food offerings from Legends, the team’s hospitality rights partner since 2019.
Hyundai Club and East Stadium Club patrons will now have access to food offerings from local favorites PDQ and Aussie Grill in addition to specialty food offerings including a New York strip sandwich, pork carnitas tacos, calzones and Brauhaus pretzels. On the main concourse, new offerings will include a footlong hot dog, loaded yucca fries, loaded tater tots and bang bang shrimp tatchos. New items in the upper concourse will include a bacon and cheese all beef burger, pork carnitas tacos, citrus chicken nachos and a portable cart with various healthy food options.
“We know that the quality and selection of food offerings plays a large role in the gameday experience and that is why we have worked closely with our hospitality partners at Legends to continue raising the bar on all food and beverage throughout Raymond James Stadium,” said Ford. “Our fans have grown accustomed to enjoying the best hospitality options and we look forward to continuing to exceed their expectations.”
As in past years, Raymond James Stadium continues to be a cashless facility with all retail transactions requiring a credit or debit card. For the convenience of fans, there are reverse cash ATMs located throughout the stadium. All parking lots are also cashless. Fans attending games at Raymond James Stadium are also reminded that there is a no-bag policy in effect for all events.
Additional information on all new offerings can be found here. Information on Buccaneers season pass memberships can be found at https://www.buccaneers.com/tickets/ or by calling 866-582-BUCS.
Jaguars Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley, Previously Suspended for Violating the NFL’s Gambling Policy, Reinstated
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was reinstated to the Jaguars’ active roster, the National Football League announced today.
Acquired via trade by the Jaguars on Nov. 1, Ridley, 28, has 248 career receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games spanning four seasons with the Falcons.
The Jaguars and Ridley offered the following statements regarding the reinstatement:
STATEMENT FROM THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
“The Jaguars organization is aware of the NFL’s ruling to reinstate Calvin Ridley. We look forward to building a relationship with Calvin as both an individual and as a player. Calvin is a proven playmaker and we are excited to see him compete among and with his new teammates, first during our Offseason Program in April and ultimately into the 2023 season, as we collectively pursue a championship for Jacksonville.”
STATEMENT FROM CALVIN RIDLEY
“Today’s reinstatement by the NFL brings an end to a challenging chapter of my professional career, one that was self-inflicted and began with an isolated lapse in judgement. I have always owned my mistakes and this is no different. I have great respect for the game and am excited for the opportunity to restart my career in Jacksonville. I look forward to showing my new coaches, teammates, and the entire Jaguars organization exactly who I am and what I represent as a player and person.”
Tom Brady: ‘I’m Retiring for Good’
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Is it finally the end of an era for Tom Brady? The greatest quarterback of all-time announced on Twitter, Wednesday morning that he is retiring from football and didn’t mince words.
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
“Good morning guys, I’ll get straight to the point, I am retiring for good,” Brady said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”
“I really want to thank you guys, to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, ” he added as the emotions clearly kicked in. “There are too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my dream. I wouldn’t change a thing, I love you all.”
Brady’s 23rd season didn’t exactly go as planned with a career-ending 31-14 loss to Dallas in the NFL Wild Card round. His sentiments to the media following the game, seemed like Brady would be gone in Tampa, but many were unsure if it would be the last time we’d see him on a field.
His storied career is the best ever.* 7 Super Bowl Wins
* 3 NFL MVP Awards
* 15 Pro Bowls
* Most Career Wins
* Most Career Touchdown PassesAs a starter, he made the playoffs in 20 of 21 seasons. Now that Brady is hanging up his cleats, he will make a new start in the NFL world. As the lead analyst for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts. A 10-year deal reportedly worth $375 million.
So we may see Brady at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona after all, but it will be in the Press Box, not under center this time.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew Named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // WR Jamal Agnew was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games as a return specialist to replace Ravens WR Devin Duvernay, who is unable to participate due to injury, the NFL announced today. Agnew is the first Jaguars Pro Bowler since 2019 and the 31st Pro Bowler in franchise history. Agnew is the first return specialist to make the Pro Bowl in team history and the fourth specialist, joining punters Bryan Parker and Chris Hanson and kicker Mike Hollis.
Agnew returned 21 kickoffs for 547 yards (26.0 average) and 25 punt returns for 205 yards (8.2 average). Agnew’s 26.0 kick return average was the second-highest in the AFC (min. 20 kick returns) and he had two kick returns of at least 50 yards in the regular season, including a 54-yard return in Jacksonville’s Week 18 victory against Tennessee.
In the postseason, Agnew returned seven kickoffs for 265 yards (37.9 average) and three punt returns for 23 yards (7.7 average). Agnew’s 37.9 return average is the second-highest in a single NFL postseason by any player with a minimum of five kick returns. Agnew had four kick returns for 134 yards with a long of 52 yards against the Chargers and three kick returns for 131 yards with a long of 63 yards against the Chiefs.
The 2023 Pro Bowl games will take place in Las Vegas beginning on Thursday, February 2 with the Pro Bowl players competing in skills challenges. The Pro Bowl Games competition culminates with a seven versus seven NFC action-packed Flag football game at Allegiant Stadium.
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