Schiano looking forward to Bucs fanfest and scrimmage Saturday night
Greg Schiano has seen how hostile Raymond James Stadium can be to an opponent when he coached at Rutgers. He's hoping to experience the home field advantage beginning at Saturday's scrimmage, which follows Buccaneers Fanfest.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and players will sign autographs until 6 p.m. Practice is from 6:30-9 and will feature some interraction with coaches.
Admission and parking is free and there will be discounted concessions as well as a fireworks display following practice.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow night,'' Schiano said. "A lot of things. No. 1, a chance to connect with our fans. We’re going to be over there at 4 o’clock and sign autographs for a good two hours, which hopefully, everybody will get everything they want after that. Then tbe guys will go downstairs and get ready to go, in the meantime, we’ll have some stuff going on. Then we’ll have a practice, and it will be a legitimate practice. A lot like today’s where we have a little bit of a scrimmage with our younger players, where we let them get after it. But in between, I think one of the things I think our fans will enjoy is we have our coaches on the big board explaining what the drills are. “We’re in seven-on-seven now.’ We’ll have one offensive coach and one defensive coach kind of describe what we’re trying to get accomplished. So I think it’ll be a fun, interactive evening. I’m looking forward to it.
“As I said before, I coached in that place when it was just unbearable as an opponent. You know, we need to get it back to that. I know our performance will help us do that, get fans in there. But get a day like today in September, get a packed house, and you’ll see people crack, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve just got to make sure we’re conditioned to handle it and we can take advantage of it.’’