Nothing quite gets you into the game-day spirit like a pre-game tailgating party. Follow these easy tips to get the most out of your tailgating experience at Raymond James Stadium.
Cost of Parking
Parking at “Ray-Jay” costs $25 per vehicle, regardless of the number of occupants. Bring some friends and split the cost. Your best bet will be the grass lots on the north and south ends of the stadium.
Other Parking Alternatives
The Hillsborough Community College Campus across Dale Mabry Highway offers spots for game attendees. Also, many houses within the neighborhood open up their yards during Bucs games. You will want to arrive early to snag a neighborhood spot as they go quickly. However at a price of around $10-$20, you can understand why. Al Lopez Park, which is north of the stadium parking lots, also offers parking for only $15 per vehicle.
Disabled parking is located close to the entrance of the stadium. Campers and buses are allowed to park on Raymond James Stadium property in Lot 8 until it is full, but no overnight parking is permitted. Alternative Bus/RV parking is available in Lots 13 or 14.
When to Arrive
Gates for most parking lots usually open about three to four hours before kickoff. Even though you’re eager to begin tailgating, showing up any earlier than this will result in a bit of a waiting game until the gates open. The stadium gates, which get you inside the game, open an hour and half before kickoff.
According to Raymond James Stadium’s website, it’s imperative to follow certain policies for the safety and enjoyment of all. A complete list can be found at raymondjamesstadium.com. Some important reminders are listed below:
- Guests may not save parking spaces. Parking is run on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Tailgaters must stay within their own space and not encroach on the areas of others.
- Keep it safe by walking briskly but carefully. Running and jogging will set a bad example for energetic children.
- Leave your weapons and fireworks at home. There is absolutely no tolerance for dangerous items at tailgates.
- Disorderly conduct, including extreme profanity, will result in dismissal from the property. Watch your behavior.
- We know it’s hot out there, but be aware of tent size restrictions. Tents over 10-by-10 feet without prior approval from stadium management or proper permits are not allowed on the property.
Tampa residents are no strangers to thunderstorms, tropical storms and the occasional tornado. In the event of inclement weather, you will be asked to seek shelter in your vehicle. Also, there might be a temporary close of some lots until the weather passes.
For more information about parking in or around Raymond James Stadium, please contact the TSA office at (813) 350-6500 or visit raymondjamesstadium.com.
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