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.
Jaguars Deliver Victory in First Home Game of the Season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN Sports) – The Jacksonville Jaguars beat their AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts 24-0 in their first game at TIAA Bank Field this season. The Jags’ victory was the Colts’ eighth straight loss in Jacksonville.
The Jags scored the first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter, as QB Trevor Lawrence completed a ten yard pass to WR Christian Kirk in the rain, followed by K Riley Patterson’s extra point. That 68 yard drive started with an interception by S Rayshawn Jenkins, and featured a bold choice several plays later to “go for it” facing fourth down and three yards on the Colts’ 47 yard line. Lawrence delivered, completing an eight yard pass to WR Zay Jones to keep that drive alive. The Jags led the Colts 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Jaguars RB James Robinson had an impressive 37 yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter, followed by another Riley Patterson extra point, putting Jacksonville ahead 14-0. Riley Patterson added a 52 yard field goal shortly before halftime, extending the lead to 17-0.
Late in the third quarter, the Jags again went for it on fourth down with a yard to go, as Trevor Lawrence completed a short five yard pass to Christian Kirk, and Patterson added another extra point. The Jaguars ended the third quarter up 24-0.
In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars defense stole the show with interceptions by LB Devin Lloyd and FS Andre Cisco, each picking off passes by the Colts’ new QB Matt Ryan. The final score remained 24-0.
Trevor Lawrence finished with 235 yards and two touchdowns. James Robinson led the Jaguars rushing with 60 yards and a touchdown. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Indianapolis has lost eight straight games in Jacksonville dating back to their last win in 2014. The Colts were knocked out of the playoffs after they lost the final game of the 2021 season at TIAA Bank Field. No one on the Colts’ current roster has experienced a victory in Jacksonville while playing for Indianapolis.
Colts’ Head Coach Frank Reich and Jags’ Head Coach Doug Pederson were both part of the Philadelphia Eagles’ championship team five seasons ago. They greeted each other with big smiles and a warm handshake prior to kickoff.
Today’s attendance was 58,360. The Jaguars travel west to take on the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium, Sunday, 9/25 at 4:05 p.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com for more sports news.
NFL, NFLPA, and Dapper Labs Launch NFL ALL DAY Worldwide, Creating New Ways for Fans to Engage with Favorite Teams and Players
NEW YORK AND VANCOUVER, BC, August 18, 2022 — The National Football League (NFL), the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), and Dapper Labs Inc. today announced that NFL ALL DAY – the exclusive digital video highlight NFT platform – is officially open and available to fans worldwide, just ahead of the 2022 NFL season.
“Today, we welcome fans worldwide to NFL ALL DAY, allowing them to experience their fandom in a new way that bridges the emerging technology of NFTs with our game,” said Joe Ruggiero, SVP, Consumer Products at the NFL. “Last year’s soft launch of NFL ALL DAY brought in a surge of early adopters who began collecting video highlight NFTs of NFL plays, and we plan to grow the number of users significantly with the official launch of the platform, especially with the addition of Patrick Mahomes as our athlete ambassador.”
When fans enter NFL ALL DAY, they will find a next-generation collector experience. Here, they can buy, own and trade officially licensed digital video highlight NFTs (non-fungible tokens) called ‘Moments’ featuring the greatest and most sought-after NFL plays throughout the season and in NFL history. NFL ALL DAY puts fans into the heat of the gridiron, enabling them to assemble a digital video collection of NFL moments made by the players and teams they love, while also providing them with access to a passionate, like-minded community of fans through both digital and in-person experiences throughout the season.
The first public NFL ALL DAY Series 1 pack drop, dubbed Headliners, will happen Friday, August 19 at 2pm ET. The drop will feature a Derrick Henry Legendary Moment along with plays from Jalen Ramsey, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Derek Carr, and Jonathan Taylor.
“The early success of NFL ALL DAY highlights the power of creating a platform that provides long-term value to the fan experience,” said Roham Gharegozlou, Dapper Labs CEO and Co-Founder. “We’re excited to welcome the millions of football fans to NFL ALL DAY, and enable them to own a piece of the sport they love as well as join a strong and vibrant community of fellow fans.”
As NFL ALL DAY engages the next generation of fans, it will also welcome a next-generation quarterback. Patrick Mahomes II, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, will serve as the face of NFL ALL DAY for the 2022 NFL season, helping to drive fan engagement for the platform with in-product features, events, and more.
“I’ve always been passionate about emerging tech and how it’s improving the fan experience,” said Patrick Mahomes II. “NFL ALL DAY is changing the game and I’m excited for fans to have this innovative opportunity to be connected to players in a whole new way.”
New and existing users will be able to secure a 2022 NFL Season NFT featuring an image of Mahomes by signing up for NFL ALL DAY. Variations of the Season NFT, which provide proof of participation in NFL ALL DAY for the 2022 season, will be available depending on when users sign up throughout the year.
“Players are at the very heart of NFL ALL DAY’s next-level collector experience, further connecting fans to their favorite athletes. Owning a Moment is sharing in the defining and historic performances of the players’ careers,” said Terése Whitehead, Vice President of Consumer Products & Strategy at NFL Players Inc., the marketing, and licensing arm of the NFLPA. “Along with OneTeam Partners, we’re excited for the launch and another exciting season of games.”
OneTeam Partners, which is the group licensing partner that leads the NFLPA’s digital games licensing business, helped facilitate this deal in collaboration with all parties.
To sign up or learn more about NFL ALL DAY, visit NFLALLDAY.com.
National Football League, NFLPA and Mythical Team Up for Upcoming NFL Play-and-Own NFT Video Game
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – The National Football League (NFL), NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and next-generation gaming technology studio Mythical Games today announced a partnership to launch NFL Rivals, a new NFL video game that leverages blockchain technology, on the Mythical Platform in early 2023. Delivering on the fantasy of being a team General Manager, this fun, easy to play game will allow NFL fans and gamers alike to compete against other GMs with their assembled player rosters and teams, building, leveling up and improving their lineup. In addition, fans will be able to own, collect and trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of their favorite players through this play-and-own game experience.
“With the rise of blockchain technology, we are thrilled to partner with Mythical Games on a blockchain-enabled game that delivers new play-to-own NFT capabilities, creating a new adventure for fans who love to play football games,” said Joe Ruggiero, SVP of Consumer Products at the NFL. “The interest in NFTs and video gaming amongst current and prospective fans continues to grow and combined have accelerated the NFL’s exploration of new gaming models that can deliver an unmatched experience to fans.”
Ahead of the NFL Rivals game launch, 32 limited-quantity collections of unique generative 3D NFL franchise-themed NFTs will be released in a series of drops called “Rarity League.” This officially licensed collection will provide owners access to special events, in-game rewards and other unique features.
“NFTs are revolutionizing the fan experience, and we’re excited to collaborate with the imaginative team at Mythical Games to create a whole new blockchain-based world in which NFL players take center stage.” said Terése Whitehead, Vice President, Consumer Products & Strategy at NFL Players Inc., the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA.
“Partnering with the NFL to drive new fan and player engagement through fresh game design and the benefits of Web3 is an exciting moment for us,” said Jamie Jackson, Chief Creative Officer, Mythical Games. “NFTs with utility can add value to players in-game, and we can’t wait to bring these concepts to NFL Rivals to evolve the team management genre by adding the advantages of play-and-own games, offering the community new ways to engage with their favorite teams and players both in and outside this virtual world.”
NFL Rivals will launch globally for web and mobile web in early 2023. Interested players can join the Discord or visit the NFL Rivals website now for more information and to stay updated.