We all grew up wanting to be one of the cool kids. We always wanted to get invited to the cool parties. Well the Tampa Bay Area isn’t getting invited to the Super Bowl party for a long, long time.
The city of Minneapolis was awarded Super Bowl 52 today. It will be the first time they have hosted it in 26 years. This year, the Big Game will be in Glendale, AZ. Next year in Santa Clara, CA; the year after, Houston. What do all of these cities have that Tampa Bay doesn’t??? A swanky palace of a stadium.
A big part of being a “cool kid” is having cool clothes. The Buccaneers’ “clothes” are anything but cool. Have you been to Raymond James Stadium lately??? It’s dull. It’s played. It’s boring. Do you think the NFL wants to showcase their brand and their biggest event in an average stadium??? Look at where things are trending. Cities that build new, grandiose stadiums are being rewarded Super Bowls. Dallas, New York, San Francisco… Even Miami isn’t even in the cool club anymore.
When you couple all of these new stadiums with the smashing success that Super Bowl 48 was in New York City; the Tampa Bay Area just doesn’t measure up. Now that New York has pulled off the cold-weather Super Bowl, you don’t think the NFL is looking at other cold-weather cities??? You better believe that Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver, Seattle and others will want a piece of the action. What do all these cities have in common??? A better football stadium than Tampa Bay. Ironically, we could be the ones left out in the cold.
So, is it outlandish to think that Raymond James Stadium is already outdated only 16 years after its birth??? The answer is no. All you have to do is drive up I-75 to see what Atlanta is doing. The Georgia Dome is only a shade older than RayJay. Turner Field is young too, yet both the Falcons and Braves are getting new state of the art digs.
It’s funny how everybody in this town talks about the Rays needing a new stadium. They absolutely do, but they’re not the only ones… If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t build a new stadium in the next 10 years, don’t expect any party invitations anytime soon.
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