Bucs Indoor Practice Facility On Track For 2017

March 28th, 2017

Let’s take it inside, men.

UPDATED 8:48 p.m. For the Bucs fans who think rainy practice days can harm their favorite football team, this exclusive JoeBucsFan.com post is for you.

Yesterday at the NFL Owners Meetings, held at the swanky, posh Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix, Joe was inhaling free cucumber-infused water in the lobby — whose dumb idea was that? — and learned many things.

One thing Joe learned was that the long-awaited, Jameis-desired, much-anticipated indoor practice facility to be built at One Buc Palace will be a reality in 2017.

The plan is in motion and it should be ready to be a factor this season.

Joe is scheduled to sit down with Team Glazer this afternoon to talk all things Bucs, and Joe will get more details.

Joe doesn’t care too much about indoor practicing, but it could be a great benefit, especially in a hurricane state — and especially for a head coach who is very focused on taking exceptional care of his players’ bodies.

UPDATED 8:48 p.m.: Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer tells Ira Kaufman the following on the indoor facility.

“All the planning’s done and the early work is being done right now. We’re hoping it gets done for this season, that’s the timetable,” Glazer said.
By training camp, Mr. Glazer?
“That would be aggressive. I’d like to under-promise and over-deliver. I think it’s going to be good for our team to get the players out of the heat  Working in Florida, we have all different conditions — whether it’s the rain or the heat. To have at least somewhere to go when conditions are not favorable to practice — and the practices are so limited these days — it’s important to have. It’s just another tool to give our coaches and players everything they need.”

40 Responses to “Bucs Indoor Practice Facility On Track For 2017”

  1. Fred E. Buc Says:

    They had started building it last year…had the foundation in and some basic structure. It was there during camp, so they have obviously continued building it, unless that was a separate structure. Brian Ford was telling fans visiting camp it was going to be an interim indoor practice structure, and looked pretty big, certainly big enough to most of one field of work done if the weather goes bad. But I don’t think it was a final answer.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    On the hottest of days, because the AC takes out the humidity, do not be surprised when the Bucs use it as well, If you sweat too much and become dehydrated, is when muscle get torn and pulled!!!!!

    And before Joe says that players use to practice 2 and 3 a days and were still on the field because “they were not treated like babies” That was when you could stay in the game with 3 concussions and get any pain killer on the sideline from the team doctors!!!!!!!!

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Just another inducement for players to come to Tampa!

  4. DB55 Says:

    For the Bucs fans who think rainy practice days can harm their favorite football team,
    Lmao, I h ate you sometimes joe. Rotfl. But becareful if it does rain your all-star DT might melt. #icecream

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    paint a GIANT logo on the roof that can been seen from space!!

  6. Lue88 Says:

    Another reason to put the Bucs on Hardknocks!!

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Maybe we can have them practice in bubble-wrap too?! Heaven forbid they get a hang-nail or something!!!
    Rub some dirt on it and get out there and play some football!!!!!

  8. MadMax Says:


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

    So Ira says on the podcast “Jameis was taken into a room with about eight other people as rookie and asked about a indoor facility. His response was “oh yea we gone have one of those”. But y’all can’t understand me when I tell you if he wants Dalvin on this team Dalvin will be on this team. He has the most pull in the organization… Welcome to Tampa my G. Now before some of you tell me I heard it wrong I challenge all you mofos to go listen for yourselves. Before you make yourself look stupid.

  10. R.O. Says:

    I don’t want my Kickers and Punters practicing inside. Tell me does the AC get it to 0 degrees when we have to go to Greenbay in January for a playoff game?

  11. Eric Says:

    Honestly there are so many more benefits from an indoor practice facility than just the weather. I have believed for a long period of time that practicing over a span of several months in the blistering heat can have a negative effect on the body. After extended exposure, you are more prone to injury. Look at how many we’ve had the last few years. It’s only getting hotter.

    I sincerely believe this could be one of the best things for our team in the long run. The more time they have to practice without being at risk to the heat is only going to benefit the team. I’m willing to bet there will be less injuries this year. Also, we tend to practice lighter when it’s that hot so we can practice full go without repercussion now. I have a real good feeling about this year and this facility.

  12. Leighroy Says:

    Additional benefit of having an artificial turf field to practice on. Teams are desperate to simulate game conditions as much as possible in practice and when you at least play the Saints and Falcons on turf every year, it helps.

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

    Ya see 87 said it best, this ain’t coach K’s team and this ain’t Jason Licht’s team. This Jameis WINSton team. And been that way since the moment he walked thru the doors. To h3ll wit those poll results which greatly favor Dalvin btw. The kicker is Fameis, and ion give a s@$# if it means trading away all 2018 to make it happen. It.Will.Get.Dunn.. Keep talking to me about money son like I’m concern. I work d@$! everyday homie I ain’t no balla but money ain’t really a thang. At the end of the day its just money.

  14. Mojiska Says:

    Man, drafting a runningbavk in the first is risky, especially in a deep rb class. To trade up and give away all 2018 picks is crazy. Licht should be fired if he does that. And i love dalvin cook. Think about the expectations for him to fulfill for all that. He would need to be one of the greatest all around backs to play the game to be worth trading up like that. Anything less and people would scream that it was a huge reach in an era where running backs are severly devalued.

  15. jvato24 Says:

    The biggest benefit would also come mid-season when they play a Dome team that week they can practice indoors to mimic the environment. Compared to practicing in 15 – 20 mph winds all week before playing the Aints in the Dome, they can practice in an indoor environment all week.

  16. NJBucsFan Says:

    It’s another arrow in the quiver. Practice in what environment you will play in. For home games practice outside. For dome games practice inside with music and fan noise pumped in. For cold games, bring in snow inside the practice facility.

    Don’t just practice inside every day and it will be a non-issue.

  17. Wausa Says:

    It has been a great addition at some of the top college programs like Clemson and Florida State so I am sure it will help our players avoid the summer heat and thunder storms

  18. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    How often are practice days lost to lightening? Too many. How much damage is done to players from constant over heating? Too much. How much risk to injury practicing on wet fields? Too much. The availability of both indoor and outdoor practice is an asset. Happy to see it’s going to get done.

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

    There is no risk when a RB will complete your puzzle 1. 2 when said RB is dynamic and would be a day one contributor and immediate threat for opposing football teams. Some of you have fell for the hype, the TV people say things over and over like they have become devalued and y’all believe it because it takes hold in your brains but everytime I watch a game I see one behind the QB. The Oilers tried to run offense years ago without a RB the Run & shoot did not become the rave of the league because everytime they faced a team that could control the clock by effective running they lost. If these top rushers coming out of school ended up on better football teams and not bottom feeders i.e Gurly and the rams I’m sure sentiments would be a lot different.

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    @joe….ask if they will be putting some shade at ray jay just like the dolphins stadium…..I know the wife would love that and it was a cheap fix that generated more $$$$$…..GO BUCS!!!!

  21. Kevinthepainterimagine Says:

    Call me crazy, but Im guessing joe has not worked a full summer outside in the florida heat….IT MATTERS!!!!!

    Ever notice how other teams come down here and look like they have more energy than our team??

    Its going to help bring wins!!!

  22. Capt.Tim Says:

    There have been several medical studies, showing that repeated or extended dehydration, results in chronic Exhaustion.
    I hate to introduce science into a football discussion, but on this issue, it seems relevant.

    Just eliminating all the lost time, Due to weather, will prove invaluable
    Keeping our players from roasting, and staying Energetic- will show up in the win/loss column

    Most importantly- this will help in attracting free agents.
    Numerous players who signed here said”While I not looking forward to the heat during training camp . . . ”
    Players from the northern states, are really nervous about training in the Florida heat. Even players who played in hot states, probably had an indoor training facility.

    This will make a huge difference.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    Considering the Bucs don’t seemingly ever play truly hot weather games anymore – the team moves those hot September afternoon games to 4pm where thunderstorms stop them 75% of the time – I guess having an indoor facility is fine. But that weather should be a benefit to the Bucs. I recall going to the first game of 1997 and the old stadium – it was the great game where Sapp took out Jerry Rice and Steve Young – and it was the hottest place I’ve ever been – and I’ve been to Vegas in the summer when they said it was 116. My friend that went with me went to the hospital for sun poisiong (he was a Yankee wimp) and I was burned to an absolute crisp, I looked like a raccoon (was wearing sunglasses) mixed with a lobster. That is homefoeld advantage – a 1pm opening day game.

  24. Hodad Says:

    I work outdoors. Last summer I had to tap out working from 8 A.M. till 11 A.M.. I couldn’t drink enough water that day to keep up with the heat. In December I can cut my whole lawn without taking a break. In July, I’m coming in every 15 minutes to catch my breath, and hydrate. The great John Lynch once said any team can come down here, and play a good game in the heat for one day. He also said, practicing every day in the heat wears you out. This is a no brainer. Get it done already.

  25. Stanglassman Says:

    To be a factor this season’ sounds like October instead of training camp ’17 as stated last owners meeting by Joel G. .

  26. Fred E. Buc Says:

    I don’t care how tough you are, how conditioned you are. When you are out in blazing heat your mental and physical ability suffers. The extent just depends. That’s a long proven management truth on human factors about work environment. During OTAs and camp…when there is learning to do and concentration has to be optimized, the Bucs do well to control some of the environment impacts by practicing in the mornings before it gets too hot; at other times, they remove their helmets for a while. So the indoor facility will be great for some drills, and work on artificial turf can be a plus, not to mention nice is thunderstorms (lightning safety) won’t necessarily curtail practice as it has in the past. But for some other drills, they need to just get back outside. All that aside, football is really an outdoor game and you have to be a able to be better than the other team in any conditions, heat, rain, cold, or perfect…so it’s good to change it up anyway.

  27. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Too bad cook is grossly overrated.

    Noles fans think he is the second coming of Marshall faulk, but also think he will slide to 19? That doent add up. Even sliding down to a point where the bucs could trade up for him is too low if he really were that good. It’s all really irrelevant, he is overrated, and probably is at best a late first round pick but more likely a second day talent. The bucs could get him, but they shouldnt.

  28. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Also i guess we can pin drafting Aguayo on Winston too then.

  29. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Let’s work on a Dome !

  30. Tampa Tony Says:

    So the Joes don’t think missing practices hurts the team with a limited program? How about you tell me again how Vic Beasley is a bust? The Joes don’t know this sport as well as they think

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

    22 have you been practicing what it will feel like to be referred to as a Princess??? I hope for your sake you have.

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

    Overrated??? How can that good be in anyway shape or form overrated???

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

    And Faulk comes to your mind cause thats what you see when you watch him. No need to feel bad about it,you not alone.

  34. captjimbo Says:

    Good point scotty. I’m sure if Jameis asked for one it would be ready for opening day.

  35. Eric Says:

    Didn’t bother the 72 Dolphins.

  36. DraftJameis Says:

    Something that isn’t being talked about enough is the fact that we play two dome games *minimum* per year, and those weeks can be spent practicing on the turf. That might help eliminate the obligatory slipping and sliding in the 1st quarter because they’re not used to it.

  37. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I remember almost a year ago, I came up with the “What Jameis wants, Jameis gets” quote.

    I came up with it because in my home, I had a “What Alex wants, Alex gets” plaque..that was my son since birth getting everything he ever wanted..still does at 21..I spoiled him rotten..never said no to him..reminds me a lot of Jameis and the front office..

    Now..listen up kids..Jameis and AP are working out together..check out the pic on Twitter posted by Mr.Brooks himself..

  38. Fsuking Says:

    They are putting it out behind the first field where the tents and stuff used to be for training camp. Got a little insider information at one buc the other day 😉

  39. Fsuking Says:

    You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Dalvin is the best running back in potentially the best running back class ever. Try not to talk anymore in fear of further embarrassing yourself!

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Why do my posts keep disappearing? I posted here yesterday, it showed up, and now it is gone?