Report: Orlando “Angling” For Bucs Game

May 19th, 2016

Yes, Joe has loads of readers throughout the greater Orlando area. The quantity might shock you. However, Joe can’t pretend to be pleased by a new report.

Mighty claims the entity running the Citrus Bowl, now a true A+ venue, is working the necessary channels to secure a Bucs home game.

The news was part a report that the 2017 Pro Bowl is coming to Mickey Mouse country.

Orlando’s Citrus Bowl stadium has undergone extensive renovations and is angling to host NFL games, which could include both the Pro Bowl and potentially an occasional home game for either the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Joe realizes the Bucs are working to grow deeper roots in Orlando, with a sales office and cool promotions and events. Loads of Bucs fans are there, in part fueled by the team’s many years holding training camp at Disney World. But Joe is very down on relocating a regular season game there.

Joe prefers preseason games or training camp in Central Florida. Leave the home games at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.

41 Responses to “Report: Orlando “Angling” For Bucs Game”

  1. Kevin Says:

    This would upset a bunch of season ticket holders I am sure. How about they drive here to watch them play. Crazy idea???

  2. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Pre-season cool I live in the “O” and wouldn’t want them taking a game away from Tampa.

  3. ThunderBuc81 Says:

    This Orlando Bucs fan agrees with Joe. Keep reg season games in Ray Jay. Would love to some preason here though.

  4. buccfan305 Says:

    Perfect example of the NFL trying to do to much….why don’t they just try and get their own team in Orlando….stop messing with our Bucs!!!! Next we’ll have games on the moon…

  5. Wendy Capelin Says:

    As it is a lot of season ticket-holders drive an hour to get to the game in Tampa you’re going to expect us to drive 2 hours and gets stuck in Disney World traffic. That’s asking a lot.

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    Saw that life sized mural of Jameis painted on a Applebee’s wall off International Drive so I can see the attraction.

  7. salish_seamonster Says:

    buccfan305 Says:
    May 19th, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Perfect example of the NFL trying to do to much….why don’t they just try and get their own team in Orlando….stop messing with our Bucs!!!!

    NFL hasn’t done anything yet. A second team in Central Florida?!? Ha.

    Next we’ll have games on the moon…

    So, a home game for you I guess.

  8. Spacebuc Says:

    Oh Yeah!

    Would dig a pre season at the Citrus Bowl.

    There is a few of us fans here on the east coast.

    Ray Jay is a 2.5 hour trek.

    GO BUCS!

  9. Tampa Tony Says:

    Pre season game, yes.

    Regular season, hell no

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ray Jay needs a roof and AC and that’s all I have to say about that.

  11. The Buc Realist Says:

    Could just be a warm up for the stadium this year since they got the Pro-Bowl!!!

  12. Tom Edrington Says:


  13. Orlampa Turd Says:


  14. Cobraboy Says:

    Pipe dream. There is no $$$ in it for the Glazers.

  15. Jacko101 Says:

    If you want fans from that area, and clearly we could use
    More fans we need to show them why they should love the Bucs. We better do
    It before Jacksonville because neither of us are on Miami’s fan base level. Host training camp events and a pre-season game there. And every other year host a home game. I wouldn’t
    Mind the drive.

  16. FortMyersDave Says:

    Cobraboy has a point: there has to be coin involved to interest the Glazers…. Anyhow, this talk of the Citrus bowl is nothing new; long time Buc fans will recall that Hugh Culverhouse threatened to move games to O-town during the late ’80s resulting in the infamous “Screw Hugh” billboards that the Power Pig FM 93 put up all over the SunCoast….. The Jags moving a couple of games to the Citrus bowl does make a bit of sense though; of course the jags are also the most likely team to play games in the UK as well!

  17. ndog Says:

    BigMacAttack that is ridiculous and you have to be kidding me with that commenr.

  18. Brian Says:

    From a selfish east coaster perspective that would be aweome. The 2:45 min drive gets old for me sometimes.

  19. Pete Mitchell Says:

    I could see a neutral site Bucs v Dixie chicks series where the home team alternates every year. That might be cool

  20. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    2:45 min drive. It would take me 17 hours straight through!! Lol!

  21. The Buc Realist Says:

    Maybe their is a trail of money to follow, Sounds like ORL got the Pro-bowl!! Bucs give a game to warm up the stadium, In return a strong recommendation for a superbowl at the next vote!!!!

  22. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    If they had added two games to the season, the extra home game could be played there.

    Blame it one the NFL.

  23. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Kevin Says
    “This would upset a bunch of season ticket holders I am sure. How about they drive here to watch them play. Crazy idea???”

    As a former holder of twelve season tickets (took kids clubs), it bothered me to no end when games were player in England. If England wants NFL…let them push to get American football into the Olympics first.

    Again, the extra two games being added would have solved that problem too.

  24. cmurda Says:

    Look, I don’t pay for season tickets so I can travel to Orlando for a home game. Come to think about it, disregard what I said. I don’t have season tickets.

  25. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    Neither do I…anymore.

    I started boycotting home games when certain things happened…and they added up. Thing like the GOD AWFUL UNIFORMS. Or the London games. Or some other things.

    I take the kids to Hockey and baseball now.

  26. Dave Says:

    Bucfan305 is right.

    The NFL is always trying to do too much.
    Bills play in Toronto.
    A team in Mexico playing
    Teams playing on England.
    They want to add a couple more playoff teams.
    They want to add a couple more Regulate season games
    All about $$$$$$$$$$

    So much for player safety. None of those things help the player safety aspect.

  27. SB with Jameis Says:

    To Jason and 87 I answered you guys on the R’h’onde thread.

  28. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    The bucs and the jags are up and coming teams. So make a rivalry out if it. Play them every year for one of our non conference teams and it will be like a home game For every1

  29. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jeesh……..Jalen Ramsey with a meniscus tear and Shaq Lawson needing shoulder surgery. Two bullets dodged

  30. SB with Jameis Says:

    “Sources said that Ramsey is being told there are two possible courses of surgical treatment — one that would keep him out four to six weeks, and one that would keep him out four to six months.”
    Huge diff in the two surgeries I would say.

  31. Nuc if u Buc Says:

    If we were should be preseason and at UCFs stadium which is better than citrus bowl, a college tailgate for NFL game, kinda cool

  32. MagicNole Says:

    By the way, it’s no longer called the Citrus Bowl. It’s now Camping World Stadium. Great name change, right?

  33. Bob in Valrico Says:

    great thing you are doing for the kids.

  34. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Make it like the UF vs. Georgia rivalry where it’s a neutral site between the Jags and Bucs. One side of the stadium is Red. The other side teal. That would be cool. “Unlikely”, but cool.

    I love the idea for preseason but when u start taking away home field advantage that’s a little unfair. not only for the players, but the fans as well.

    The NFL is getting a little out of hand now, as if London wasn’t enough. Not to mention Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Germany at one point as well. Dont u think they have enough money and fans as it is? The already blow every other sport out the water.

  35. Buccfan37 Says:

    When I was a kid we took a drive to Orlando, there was nothing there, maybe one red light. It was hot and humid with no breeze to be felt, just miles from nowhere. Disney fueled the boom, the original entry fee was about $7.50 which included all rides, look what it is now. I guess that’s closer than China should the Bucs get an invite there. I do appreciate all the Orlando Buc fans. Someone commented about the Miami fanbase, their stands look like a ghost stadium every time I stop for a second while channel surfing. Hey kids, leave our Bucs alone.

  36. pick6 Says:

    i’d be happy to see them bring back the disney training camps, and as a season ticket holder would not complain one bit if they yanked one preseason game from RJS and put it at the citrus bowl.

  37. OrlandoBucs Says:

    You realize that Orlando is a top 20 TV market, right? It makes tons of sense for the Bucs to try and win over this town. It made absolutely no sense for the Bucs to stop training at Disney.

  38. Joe Says:

    It made absolutely no sense for the Bucs to stop training at Disney.

    Oh, it made a lot of “cents” though.

  39. OrlandoBucs Says:

    @ Joe

    It made so much “cents” to ignore a huge market that could potentially fill seats?

  40. Thinkoutsidethebox Says:

    This is why most BUCS fans are lame. Complaining about moving one home game 2hrs away? Do you not remember all the blacked out home games because nobody in Tampa cared enough to go support there team? if Tampa loved their team more they would have to cheat on thier city with another one willing to show some love.

  41. Barmorej Says:

    This makes sense for both franchises. The Bucs don’t do a great job capitalizing on the Orlando market, and Jacksonville has Bortles, who is perhaps the most beloved UCF player ever.