The Bucs At Daytona?July 8th, 2013
This is beginning to become a major irritant to Joe.
Many NFL stadiums are either being upgraded or downright replaced with state-of-the-art facilities, including the Georgia Dome and Bank of America Stadium (Panthers).
Meanwhile, though contractually obligated by a voter-approved referendum, the overseers of the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, the Tampa Sports Authority, sit on their collective hands, forcing Bucs fans to endure analog JumboTrons and limited amenities that many other NFL fans take for granted.
It seems the people who own Daytona International Speedway are trying to do something about it.
That facility, too, is in the midst of a major makeover, and when complete, the powers that be at the NASCAR institution are trying to lure NFL games to their facility, including a Bucs game (or two), reports the Associated Press.
Track president Joie Chitwood III says he would like to lure football, soccer and rugby games to the famed speedway following its $400 million redesign. Florida, Florida State or even the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be potential candidates to play there.
The track broke ground on the three-year redesign Friday. The project is scheduled to be completed by January 2016.
When it’s done, Daytona’s aging grandstands will have a modern look and feel. There will be wider and more comfortable seating, improved concessions and countless big-screen televisions that will keep fans abreast of the action even when they step away from the stands.
Imagine that, a 100,000-seat facility with HD JumboTrons, likely also broadcasting the Red Zone Channel.
Now, this has about as much of a chance of happening as Joe luring curvy Rachel Watson to his lair this evening. The Bucs playing a home game in Daytona would likely break a lease the Bucs have with the lackadaisical Tampa Sports Authority, no matter how much it could benefit the Bucs, theoretically, or no matter how much NFL fans could benefit. But this isn’t as crazy as it appears on face value, a football game at a NASCAR facility. The owners of the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tex., have been trying to lure the annual Red River Shootout, Oklahoma vs. Texas, to its track.
Simply put, the crowd who whines incessantly about the Bucs constantly being roughly 5,000 seats short of a sellout may want to start lodging their ire at the bureaucrats at the Tampa Sports Authority. They are obligated to upgrade the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, and since the stadium has opened, they have made few meaningful upgrades (unless you call a weak few pieces of fake wood thrown together as a party deck an “upgrade.”)
The NFL is in an arms race as far as upgrading facilities. The Tampa Sports Authority is lagging way behind.