Wreak Havoc! 5 Reasons To Root for the Bucs this Season
Football. Is. Back. And so are the Bucs as they kick off their season September 9 with a visit to division rival New Orleans Saints. The Bucs are hoping for a winning season and playoff berth while facing a tough schedule that includes games against the Dallas Cowboys and reigning Super Bowl Champs, the Philadelphia Eagles. With several key additions and a more experienced team, the Bucs enter the season with high expectations.
Here are five things #Bucsborough is looking forward to this season:
Upgrades to Raymond James Stadium will continue to make Bucsborough a premiere NFL destination. An additional phase of sweeping renovations to the Bucs' home, Raymond James Stadium, includes a redesigned East Stadium Club and Atrium that will feature new video displays, 162 TVs, and a state-of-the-art audio system. Hillsborough County contributed to the improvements, which helped "Ray Jay" land Super Bowl LV in 2021.
Speaking of state-of-the-art upgrades, the Bucs earned the No. 1 fan ranking for stadium technology experience satisfaction for the second year in a row. In the 2017 NFL's "Voice of the Fan" report, season ticket holders pointed to game day highlights like Ray Jay's multiple viewing angles, real-time game day and fantasy sports statistics, Buccaneers App, and four tower walls of High-definition video screens, as examples of the best in the business.
One of the new faces on the field this season will be the Bucs' first-round draft pick, University of Washington Defensive Tackle Vita Vea. Dubbed a "dancing bear" by draft analysts, Vea will bring some much needed speed and size to the Bucs defense, which struggled to stop the run throughout the season.
One Buc that shows no signs of slowing down is top wide receiver Mike Evans, who hauled in over 1,000 yards last season, making his rounds on weekly highlight reels with his unbelievable catches. While Evans is expected to put up some big numbers on the field, his work off the field through the Mike Evans Family Foundation helps to provide college scholarships to high school students from low-income families, and also support families experiencing domestic violence.
Beloved NFL coach Tony Dungy will become the 12th member inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor this season, when he is honored during halftime of the Bucs' Sept. 24 Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under Dungy, the Bucs made the playoffs four times from 1996 - 2001, and saw incredible talent from players like Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Mike Alstott, and Warren Sapp. A Tampa resident, Dungy and his family have supported many charitable causes and organizations, including All Pro Dad, a program designed to help men become better fathers and role models by building character in their children and communities.
Wreak Havoc and back the Bucs as they look to bring the Playoffs to #Bucsborough!