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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make History as First Super Bowl Team to Play at Home

Bucs LB Shaq Barrett discusses the team’s historic accomplishment. Image courtesy Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (FNN SPORTS) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7th. The Bucs are the first Super Bowl team to play at their home stadium. As LB Shaq Barrett told reporters, “It’s crazy that we’re the first team to do it – making history. That’s not where history has to end. We could be the first team to win it, as well, and that’s the key.”

Head Coach Bruce Arians added, “So many teams don’t get a chance because they don’t get the Super Bowl in their stadium. It was obviously the goal of ours to start the season, but getting to the Super Bowl wasn’t what our goal is. Our goal is to win it.” The Bucs won their only previous appearance in the big game, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. 

This will be QB Tom Brady’s 10th Super Bowl, which is an NFL record, and he’ll be competing to win his 7th ring, which would extend his current record of six championships. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs will try to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champs since the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. Of course, those teams were led by Tom Brady. 

At age 43, Brady has already faced 25-year-old Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes in the playoffs, setting a postseason record for the largest age gap between quarterbacks back in 2019 (18 years, 1 month, 14 days). But the pair will now enter the Super Bowl record books, breaking the previous record set by Tom Brady and the Rams’ Jared Goff in Super Bowl LIII (17 years, 2 months, 11 days). Tom Brady will also become the oldest player, at any position, to play in a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LV will have limited in-person seating, due to the pandemic. The NFL announced that 14,500 tickets will be sold to fans, while another 7,500 vaccinated health care workers will be invited as guests of the NFL to thank and honor them for their continued extraordinary service during the pandemic. Because of the high demand and limited availability, even the cheap seats are already selling for more than $10,000 a ticket. 

Raymond James Stadium. Photo credit: Mike Brodsky

Fans are also invited to check out the Super Bowl Experience along the Tampa Riverwalk in the days leading up to the big game. While the event will be free this year, fans must register through an app available at the NFL.com website, and must sign up for a specific time, due to limited capacity and to maintain social distancing. The Super Bowl Experience will give fans the opportunity to virtually meet and greet current NFL players and Legends, participate in games, and check out merchandise from the NFL Shop. The Experience will also feature photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a 40-yard dash and vertical jump against NFL players on LED screens, and a display showcasing all 54 Super Bowl rings.

Florida National News will be in Tampa for the week of Super Bowl events, and will deliver coverage leading up to the big game.

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Mike Brodsky is a Florida National News sports contributor. | sports@floridanationalnews.com

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