The CITS Is Great, But For How Long?March 2nd, 2011
Joe Fortenbaugh of the NationalFootballPost.com decided to rank his favorite NFL stadiums and lists The CITS as the ninth-best in the NFL, via video star Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune. This also seems to please the Bucs.
Recently, a poll of more than 1,600 players from the NFL’s 32 teams revealed the field was regarded as the second-best grass playing field in the league behind University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
“We’re pleased that Raymond James Stadium has been recognized as one of the league’s top places to enjoy a game and also that its playing surface has also earned high praise,” Bucs spokesperson Jonathan Grella said. “Couple those distinctions with an emerging young Bucs team that plays a thrilling brand of football and it’s clear Tampa Bay has a lot to be proud of and look forward to.”
As a former season ticket holder and a veteran tailgater, Joe believes the stadium’s lower bowl is fantastic and who can complain about the weather? Only women without the NFL Network (sorry for being redundant) whine about it being too hot outside in Florida. Stop it. Don’t like it, feel free to move to Nebraska.
Believe it or not, Joe has found better tailgate stadiums, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh spring to mind. And while Joe finds The CITS fine, lower bowl great, access and ease to get to the stadium perhaps the best in the NFL, the pirate ship is overblown. Fans aren’t allowed up there so that’s a major negative, but it does make for a great TV prop. That written, the cannons are cool.
Joe has written about this several times in the past couple of years: The NFL gave Miami an edict that the Dolphins had to upgrade Joe Robbie Stadium (or whatever cheap beer or boring, has-been, fossil of a dime store musician it’s named after now), or South Florida will not get another Super Bowl. Joe Robbie is not that much older than The CiTS.
The Falcons, unless that damned bus runs off a cliff, look like they will get a new stadium in a few years and the Georgia Dome is not that old either. How long before the NFL tells the Bucs that The CITS needs to be upgraded before another Super Bowl comes to town?
Joe guesses not that long. And that’s not a Bucs problem, that’s a Tampa Sports Authority problem.
If Joe had to wave a magic wand to make a gameday experience better at The CITS, it would be that the stadium has a Bud Zone-like sports bar (that could be open year-round), which is what is in place in Jacksonville and Joe has learned Miami has been added to Joe Robbie Stadium.