Seating For “3,500” In Indoor Practice Facility

June 26th, 2017

Team Glazer builds another palace at One Buc Palace

Back in April, columnist Ira Kaufman revealed that fans would be welcome and accommodated inside the Buccaneers’ new indoor practice facility.

Today, further specs have been unveiled.

Reporter Rick Stroud shared in the Tampa Bay Times that there will be seating for a whopping 3,500, including fancy video boards!


The facility won’t open until September at the earliest, but indoor training camp days next year should be rockin’ affairs.

A wise and smart move for Team Glazer to build a facility that clearly can be multi-use with that kind of seating and amenities. So many possibilities.

Will the indoor turf field help the Bucs win games? Highly unlikely. But it’s definitely got value, especially if the Tampa Bay area has to deal with extended tropical storm conditions or the team wants totally out of the elements during postseason practices.

Yeah, postseason. That’s right.

34 Responses to “Seating For “3,500” In Indoor Practice Facility”

  1. Tampa Tony Says:

    Why misrepresent Joe? You seem to have a great time with that. You’re back in the cooler. As for point No. 1, Joe only came down on fans who believe the Bucs somehow are losing games because of no indoor facility. As for the other points, Joe will not waste the time. –Joe

  2. Supersam Says:

    Will it be grass or turf? That could drastically alter injuries and playing style if they will be practicing on turf. “Turf toe” anyone?

  3. unbelievable Says:

    The indoor facility allows them to not have to miss entire practices (which are already incredibly limited) because of lightning / thunderstorms.

    It will also give Coach K the option of mixing up practices between inside and outside to give players a balance.

    Pretty simple folks.

  4. Wausa Says:

    It would be hard to quantify wins or losses from an indoor facility. However, I think it will benefit the players and coaches in that they do not have to work around weather to get in quality work.

    I know the indoor facility is a big selling point in college recruiting so I would think it could be a potentially contributing factor for a free agent considering the Bucs and another franchise.

    There is a reason why Coach Fisher at Florida State and Coach Koetter have pushed so hard to have indoor facilities. The reason in their minds is undoubtedly that it enhances their ability to win football games.

  5. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    God bless’em as hot as it is in central Florida right now. I make it to work and don’t wanna get out the car to walk over to the building. S@$! is torturous.

  6. thespiritof76 Says:

    I wonder (just wonder) if this might (MIGHT!) be an attempt by the Glazers to possibly house an indoor soccer team in the future (or possibly rent it for youth soccer) so as to bring in some revenue and such…

    It would be a nice drawing card though regardless.

    “Play where the Bucs practice.”

  7. thespiritof76 Says:

    I remember when the Bucs used to practice in that parking garage next to One Buc. HA!

    Didn’t they have their Super Bowl walk thru practice in the ballroom of the hotel they were staying at ?

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    The house that Jameis got built!

  9. thespiritof76 Says:

    Another thing too: All of these things the Glazers are building is proof that when the RJS lease expires in 2028 they aren’t going anywhere.

    As far as I am concerned RJS won’t need to replaced as an NFL worthy stadium till probably the middle of this century (2050).

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Boom. Joe going all Roger Goodell on Tampa Tony. Every Jameis non-believer should be banned so keep your nose clean and count your blessings Supersam.

    “postseason practices” – I like the sound of that…..

  11. JPeriod Says:

    Born and raised in FL and could not wait to leave. 46 years old, life long Bucs fan. The weather and lack of seasons in my home state drove me away the first chance I had. Love love LOVE living in glorious Colorado, where we have seasons, elevations, and not too many ppl from the north living here. Been to every state but Hawaii, and this is the best. As an FSU ALUM, great to seemmy Bucs FINALLY get the indoor special.

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    GREAT!!!….now put some shade over ray jay!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  13. TheDeuce Says:

    What an absolute joke that this facility – which should have been in place years ago (see all major college football programs and all other NFL teams where rain may be an issue or just because it’s standard) won’t be ready for training camp when it will be needed most. It’s great that the Glazers are finally catching up to every other pro or real college franchise but this should have been started at the end of last season and ready today….but cherry coat it with how many people will be able to watch practices NEXT year….should have been done years ago fellas!!

  14. shouldhavedraftedeifert Says:

    Class act owners, one of the best in the league.

  15. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Maybe the Rays will move there 😉

  16. Leighroy Says:

    Super Sam, google turf toe. Doesn’t mean what you think. And they don’t grow grass indoors either. Not even in Arizona where the field slides outdoors on a tray system. Jeez….

  17. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    Why are you even worried about our Bucs indoor crib? Get back on your knees to Mariotta’s crotch where you belong.

  18. BucEmUp Says:

    ITs going to help with Wins Joe, hard to say 1 wins or three wins….but it should help with th fact they won’t have rain outs anymore….EVER!!!

    I hope they are using the best quality indoor turf available. Injuries rack up on that surface but it will give them a chance to prepare for playing in stadiums with true as well. I would have preferred a roll out field that can be brought indoors during practice/time like they have in Arizona (my favorite stadium/field setup. )

    The glaziers are clearly all in right now, the coach, the gm, the entire team is all in. ITS COMING!!!!!!!

  19. Supersam Says:

    @bucmylyfe69 you aren’t even worthy of holding mariotas jock let alone have enough brain power in your pea sized head to even mention my name in your mouth, you uneducated peasant boy. Don’t ever post a comment with my name in it again. Your not worthy

  20. Supersam Says:

    I’m more of a buc fan than you can even get your useless brain to fathom.

  21. Supersam Says:

    @leeroyhillbilly jeeez…. I’m jeeeez my names leeroy jeeeez I have a picture of Phillip rivers but I’m a bucs fan jeeeez I’m leeroy Everyome jeeez

  22. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    Speaking of uneducated peasants, who’s bucmylyfe69? And yes, we true Buc fans already know that you’re the only one around these parts who feels worthy enough to hold Mariotta’s jock for him among other things from his waste down, which is why I was surprised that you took the time away from your favorite daily activity to even bother to post here. Now getting back to that “uneducated” thing, judging by your re-write of my handle, it’s either past due for you to get those bottle cap thick spectacles replaced, and/or, time for you to consider wiping Mariotta’s bodily fluids from them BEFORE you comment so you can properly see the letters on your keyboard….peasant boy lmao, what, did you just get through watching the waltons or something? Where the heck did that even come from lol.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    In a way, can can see an indoor facility increasing wins. Simply because it will help players stay less exhausted by the heat, and through the season, that exhaustion leads to more injuries.

    If we have fewer injuries as a result, or if the players are not as worn out…we will probably have more wins.

    So yeah, I can see it helping.

    I’m loving the indoor facility news so far. Hopefully, we get a hurricane resistant retractable roof stadium next (in a few years).

    Gotta say…if you have an air conditioned stadium that is weather-proof, you will probably get more people at the games. People like their living rooms because of the conveniences, and that is a huge one.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    There is grass that grows indoors with proper lighting. I doubt any stadium has it though.

  25. Capt.Tim Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzi,
    Lol! Ive seen the Grass you referred to, and have personally done some Research in to its useability!
    It smokes regular grass! And is especilly good at Hiiigh Altitudes!

    The indoor practice field should have happened years ago.
    Every training camp, we lose valuable time to rain.
    And every year, until last year, the Bucs look chronically fatigued at the end of the season.
    Practicing in 100* weather dient make you tough. Or give you an advantage.
    It makes you dehydrated, and chronically fatigued.

    Practicing in the AC in August- will improve this teams energy in December.

  26. tnew Says:

    Capt. Tim.. hits the nail on the head! Not being in 96 degree heat and 90%+ humidity levels in August kills the quality of practice. So much effort has to be put toward keeping the players fresh.

    Turf toe can happen on any surface. Grass included. The old hard artificial turf was known for it. A big deal was footwear wasn’t built for football on astroturf. In the mid 90’s many of the players wore basketball shoes on the stuff (Sapp was kind of known to wear Jordan’s on it and was not alone). The footwear issue has been largely fixed, especially for the NFL. The turf specific shoes are great.

    As far as the turf itself, the new stuff is not even in the same hemisphere. The jump in quality from 2011 to 2017 for the Trop is prime example. Plus, the Bucs I’m sure will use a football specific field. Injuries should actually decrease.

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    Has Mariotta ever had turf toe from practicing on turf? lol

  28. Xandtar Says:

    Imagine getting ready for a game against Indy in their dome.

    You’ve got artificial turf and you can turn on those massive speakers inside to make it ear-punishingly loud to better simulate red zone situations for the real game on turf with noise and screens etc.

    I don’t have a problem with this not being ready for camp if its ready for practicing for dome-based away games later in the year.

  29. BartButtplug Says:

    Been to the playoff’s once since the new “buc palace” was built. How much has that helped?

  30. Wausa Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai

    I agree the Bucs need to help out the fans at games in September and October with start times at 1:00PM.

    Even if the Bucs put in what the Dolphins/Hurricanes have at their stadium or the Romans had at their stadium 2,000 years ago to keep the fans in the shade would be a big benefit.

  31. scott ledger Says:

    It will use “the latest FieldTurf surface, with their Revolution 360 fiber that has the heaviest infill system to prevent injuries. The Bucs play at least two NFC South games each season on an artificial surface.”

  32. BigMacAttack Says:

    Went to Buc practice a couple weeks ago and there was a skeleton crew on the Job. No one was erecting steel and crane just sitting there. If they continue at that snails pace they may be finished by the end of the season. Hopefully their GC will get his act together. But it is going to be nice. It looks long and maybe two fields inside. They should have done this long ago. All counties suck though when it comes to developing commercial property. Site plan approvals and permits can take a couple years. All bs, too much regulation.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Wausa…ha ha ha…I’ve been to many of those games. My skin’s cooking just thinking about Septembers at Ray Jay.

  34. Chucklehead Says:

    Seriously though. Put some shade over RayJay like 813bucboi said. If the Romans could do it, why cant we? I work construction, last thing I wanna do is sit in the September sun all Sunday after workin in it all week. Takes a lot of the fun out of it for a lot of people