The College Football Playoff National Championship is set for Tampa, Florida in 2017! The game will be held at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017. Learn more about the stadium and city below.
About Raymond James Stadium
Members of the NFL Players Association view Raymond James Stadium’s field as the best in the league. This “Crown Jewel” of the NFL is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NCAA’s University of South Florida Bulls. Each year, it hosts the Outback Bowl and has also hosted Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
The stadium has a capacity of 70,000 and features 12,000 club seats, 195 suites, 20 escalators and more than 550 points of sale for food, beverages and merchandise. Its most famous landmark is Buccaneer Cove, which harbors the 103-foot-long pirate ship. The mighty pirate ship comes to life as its loud cannons fire seven times to signal a touchdown and three times to announce a field goal. Plus, an animatronic parrot is perched on the stern of the ship and frequently talks to those who pass by.
Raymond James Stadium is also known for having impressive visuals due to BucVision, which allows the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be the first professional team in any sport to show images through high-definition television. The two videoboards measure 24 feet tall and 92 feet wide – they are significantly larger than conventional NFL scoring systems.
The stadium was recently approved for up to $100 million in renovations. The first phase would include two new end zone video boards that would be more than four times the size of the current ones, as well as video boards on each of the four corners of the stadium. It would also feature a new sound system, new concessions and a new concourse. These should be completed in time for the Bucs’ 2016 season.
The second phase of renovations would include club lounges, expansions of general concourses, a team store and other enhancements – all of which should be completed by the 2017 season.
Learn more about Raymond James Stadium here.
About Tampa, Florida
Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. The city is known for its culture, food scene, exciting nightlife, year-round festivals, major league sports teams and beautiful weather. While you’re in Tampa for the National Championship, be sure to check out these notable places!
Places to Go
- Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens is the most popular attraction in Tampa. This 335-acre Africa-inspired theme park features six roller coasters, live shows and more than 2,000 animals.
- Lowry Park Zoo: The Lowry Park Zoo is known as one of the best in country – it’s clean, organized and perfect for families. The zoo houses all of your favorite animals including giraffes, rhinos, hippos, tigers, lions and alligators.
- Tampa Riverwalk: The Tampa Riverwalk lets you explore the downtown riverfront as you pass several popular attractions including the Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Aquarium. The path is about 2.5 miles long and offers plenty of places to relax or grab a bite to eat.
- Bayshore Boulevard: Known as the longest continuous sidewalk in the U.S., Bayshore Boulevard runs from north of MacDill Air Force Base to downtown Tampa along Hillsborough. With the water on one side and expensive real estate on the other, the scenery makes for the perfect place to walk, jog and ride your bike.
Places to Eat
- Bern’s Steak House: Bring your appetite! Family-owned since its opening in 1956, this steak house treats guests to charcoal-grilled steaks (ordered according to weight and thickness) complete with salad, onion soup, baked potato, garlic toast, onion rings and organic vegetables.
- Harry Waugh Room: Located at Bern’s Steak House, the Harry Waugh Dessert Room features decadent desserts, after-dinner drinks and dancing.
- Datz: You’ll probably have to wait in line, but rumor has it the gooey monkey bread, burger on a split donut, and chicken and waffle Benedict are well worth the wait. Plus, they’re known for having the best Bloody Mary in the city.
- Taco Bus: Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Man vs. Food Nation, and Eat Street, Taco Bus offers authentic, mouth-watering Mexican street dishes.
- Oystercatchers: If you’re looking for delicious seafood and the perfect view, you’ll need to visit Oystercatchers, located in the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The lunch menu offers locally-sourced fish served wood grilled, blackened or sautéed.
Attend the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
We have a feeling you will love Tampa and Raymond James Stadium – they both have so much to offer! The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship will be held in the perfect place, and we hope to see you there.
Official Ticket Packages have not been released yet, but you can get on our quick call back list to be notified when they become available.
See you in sunny Florida!