News Channel 8 Outdoors Expo and Boat Show

When: March 24-25, 2018 – Raymond James Stadium

  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • FREE parking
  • $5 per person


For the past 27 years, The News Channel 8 Outdoors Expo & Boat Show has carved a reputation as Florida’s largest and best show for boaters and outdoors enthusiasts.

For the first time ever, we have partnered with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to hold the event at Raymond James Stadium. The new venue is sure to draw an additional crowd to experience all things outdoors along with appearances from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders, alumni and Captain Fear. Attendees will even get the chance to explore the Pirate Ship! The Tampa Bay area is one of the nation’s largest markets for both outdoors and boating gear, so our vendors find success at the Expo year after year.

In addition to the new date and venue, attendees will park for FREE along with a discounted entry fee of $5 per person!

The Outdoors Expo is a shopping extravaganza featuring more than 100 exhibitors in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Explore 100,000 square feet of outdoor boat exhibits, 30,000 square feet of indoor booth exhibits (located in the West Club) and an additional 20,000 square feet of activities on and around the football field. Whether your passion is boating, saltwater or freshwater fishing, cast netting, fly fishing, hunting, kayaking, or just a great day outdoors with the family, the News Channel 8 Outdoors Expo and Boat Show is the place for you.






  • Admission to the Expo is $5 per person and FREE for children under 2 years of age.  Parking at the stadium is FREE on both days.
  • Show hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Raymond James Stadium is located just off I-275 on Dale Mabry Hwy.


The Outdoors Expo features new boats, boating accessories, fishing gear, apparel, and much more. Attendees will enjoy daily seminars on fresh and saltwater fishing, fly-fishing, boating, hunting, kayaking and more. Stay on top of your game, come on out to ‘see &  hear’ all of the latest inside tips, tricks, strategies, and advice from the industry’s most renowned professionals.


Come experience 27 years of tradition at Florida’s most unique Outdoors Expo! Get a peek at the latest in outdoors products and services and a HUGE selection of the latest gear at special show prices. The Outdoors Expo will feature the following activities:

  • “Learn to cast net” demonstration with Chasten Whitfield from Chastenation
  • Quarterback Challenge with the Bucs
  • Play 60 field activities
  • 40-feet Bass Aquarium fishing demonstration
  • “Be A Diver” pool experience






News Channel 8 and Great 38 anchors will be in attendance throughout the weekend to greet you as you enter the Outdoors Expo. Tampa Bay Buccaneers alumni and fishing enthusiast, Dave Moore, will be on hand for demonstrations and signing autographs! And finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear will be hanging out to cheer you along throughout the day!

Chuck Devereaux, a veteran of the B.A.S.S. tournament series and an accomplished teacher and speaker returns this year to lead four seminars daily at the Bass Aquarium Stage.  Besides general bass fishing tips, Chuck will discuss which baits to use and how to use them to fish like a pro.

The Wear it Florida Safe Boating Stage will feature a dozen renown anglers discussing topics ranging from fishing with artificial baits to flats fishing techniques.  Whether you’re fishing for reds, tarpon, snook, bass or crappie, our experts know where and how to “land the big one.”


Vendors will offer great deals on boats, personal water craft, fishing tackle, kayaks, apparel and other outdoors-related items.  In addition to the special discounts, Expo visitors will get their first look at many new products.

Non-profit fishing, hunting and conservation groups – including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Guides Association and the Coastal Conservation Association will be on hand.

Whether your favorite pastime is FISHING for bass, kings, grouper, snook or redfish; or HUNTING turkey, deer, or ducks, you’ll find the right club or organization with experienced members and volunteers eager to share their expertise with you. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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