TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Afternoon thunderstorms put the brakes on tailgating at Raymond James Stadium. Many fans huddling under their tents or running for drier ground wearing ponchos or carrying umbrellas. About an hour before game time, the skies cleared and activities resumed.
Among those enjoying pre-game festivities, a group of teen athletes from Polk County, seeing the game courtesy of the Buccaneers and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Steve Theriac was cooking up bratwurst and hot dogs while the teens tossed a football to each other.
“Basically, this summer we wrote a grant with the Buccaneers and this past week we were awarded the grant,” said Theriac. “And today’s the day that kids from local high schools are awarded a trip to see the Buccaneers. ”
Jordan Williams is one of the students enjoying the free trip.
“That’s the most exciting thing. The thing I’m most happy about. I don’t have to pay for anything,” said Williams. “And then they’re tailgating, so I don’t have to pay for high prices in the stadium. So yes, sir, it’s pretty cool. ”
Next to the Polk County group, a group of Cleveland Browns fans. Among them, Steve Kondas, who wasn’t confident his team will do very well in this contest.
“I think what we’re in store for tonight is just kind of a preview of a nice 4 and 12 season for the browns. So we’ll see,” said Kondas. “No that’s no good? 4 and 12. We’re going 4 and 12 people.”