Tampa Sports Authority and Buccaneers at impasse over stadium improvements

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicking game on Sunday against the Houston Texans, it seems everything about the franchise’s negotiations to improve Raymond James stadium, is a miss.

“Unfortunately after about a year of negotiating back and forth with the Buccaneers we are currently at an impasse,” Said Ken Hagan, Tampa Sports Authority board member.

“The Buccaneers have stated that they want to make an investment in order to truly expand the fan experience. Well we’ve been waiting and waiting.”

The sports authority will make $26 million in improvements to the facility. That will include a better scoreboard, bigger monitors and a better sound system. Under the Bucs counter proposal, they would add another $52-$75 million investment and make more changes. But here’s the rub, the Bucs now want to play a second home game outside the stadium in exchange.

Hagan said, “The average fan, the supportors, the advertisers and frankly the taxpayers” won’t like that.

“That’s what so challenging about these negotiations,” he said.

The Bucs wouldn’t discuss much about their negotiations. They released a statement when read:

“Over the last nine months, we have conducted very positive discussions with the Tampa Sports Authority regarding the state-of-the-art upgrades that ensure that Raymond James Stadium remains among the best venues in all of sports. In our discussions, we have communicated our interest in making a substantial private investment of about $52 million to $75 million to enhance the current stadium plans.

During our conversations, many ideas have been discussed in an effort to continue growing our fan base in Tampa and securing large events such as the Super Bowl to our community. We look forward to concluding these discussions and announcing the exciting projects that are on the horizon in the very near future.”

Fans welcome upgrades to Raymond James, especially Chris Dale, who visited the stadium during the preseason.

“It actually fell apart on me. I had cup holder it broke right where i was sitting at.  The cool thing is, i got to keep a piece of it.. And i got vincent jackson’s autograph on it,” Dale said.

The signature Hagan wants is one from the front office, getting this deal done.


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