Bucs get $10.4 million for COVID-19 stadium safety upgrades

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It’s unclear when or if there will be fans in Raymond James Stadium this fall.

There will at least be a pile of their tax dollars.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Raymond James Stadium is getting $10.4 million in federal money under under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act for COVID-19-related safety upgrades.

The CARES Act money will go toward modifications to the stadium such as touch-free toilets and sinks, hand-sanitizing stations, and removable seat bottoms to create social distancing. The final approval will come from the Hillsborough County Commission in a Wednesday vote.

The improvements are scheduled for three phases, the first of which is set to be completed by Oct. 31 “in order to be open to the public.”

After that, further projects include a public address system to make safety announcements in the parking lots and tell fans when they can enter the stadium, as well as touchscreen ticket scanners, and modifications to suites and the press box to allow for social distancing.

The Bucs are set to open the regular season on Sept. 20, but there’s a more important date on the stadium’s calendar, as they’re hosting Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7, 2021.

So far, the Bucs haven’t announced plans for how many fans will be allowed in, if any. The Jaguars have said they’ll play at 25 percent capacity.

16 responses to “Bucs get $10.4 million for COVID-19 stadium safety upgrades

  1. Glad billionaires could get public tax dollars for millionaires to play a child’s game while the rest of us commoners suffer.

  2. Another example of Government waste. While people in this country are starving, giving aid to the rich.

  3. Gotta love corporate welfare. This should enrage every single one of y’all…. but it won’t.

  4. So do we get free tickets since our hard earned tax dollars are going towards something that otherwise we would have to pay money to use?

  5. Feds give 10 million to a football club but won’t give National reserves of PPE’s to give3 to doctors and nurses…who is running this country? Imbecilic

  6. You have to be kidding me. Why are we giving money to billionaires when you could be giving checks to people who can’t pay their rent? Stupidity at the highest level.

  7. That’s obscene! They’re fighting about giving people out of work a measly $1,200 and they’re giving aide to billionaire owners in a multi-billion dollar league?!

    Even if they claim they’ll pay it back; they have the collateral and credit to get $0 debt at any financial institution!

    This is absolutely atrocious!

  8. And there will still be zero shade in that stadium so fans can enjoy the Florida sun for all those 1:00 start times.

  9. Glazer family (4.4 billion worth approx.) – do the right thing and give it back, pay for your own upgrades. You’ve just used up resources that could have helped over 8,500 families in the form of stimulus checks.

  10. Let’s not forget it was the Glazers who also claimed the lost money due to the Deepwater Horizon spill and made a claim for $19.5 mm. They were denied. According the PFT the Court said they used the Buccaneers used creative accounting to support claim for Deepwater Horizon compensation. The spill was 360 miles away.

  11. To be fair, the owners paid for a big chunk of the stadium and the entire practice facility. That’s not the case in most places.

  12. petedutcher says:
    July 14, 2020 at 11:20 am
    To be fair, the owners paid for a big chunk of the stadium and the entire practice facility. That’s not the case in most places.
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    This is completely false.

    The Glaziers didn’t pay a dime for the construction of Raymond James Stadium. The stadium was 100% publicly funded via a ballot measure called the “Community Investment Tax” which was a half cent sales tax increase in Hillsborough County that was to last for 30 years.

    The practice facility was built on top of the former Tampa Bay Center Mall, the entire project cost $43 million dollars, $12 million of that was paid for by the taxpayers of Hillsborough County.

    All upgrades to the stadium and renovations are contractually obligated to the Sports Authority, which is funded by the Community Investment Tax.

  13. 🤔 Should I dare ask why no upgrades like that for schools (where most of the inhabitants spend 180-200 days per year for 8-10 hours per day and not a few hours 1-8 times per year and perhaps zero times this year for Bucs)?

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