Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bucs Report

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Under the lights, in front of fans

Training camp

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Admission: Free

Et cetera: All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. For updates, go to


Public practices

Monday: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Preseason games

Friday: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Aug. 17: Titans, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 24: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 29: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

* Subject to blackout

Under the lights, in front of fans

Nothing makes a player want to shine more than when the lights come on.

That was the case Saturday during the Bucs' practice at Raymond James Stadium.

For rookies and those new to the team, it was the first time experiencing the pirate ship, flags and the other sights and sounds of the stadium.

"The atmosphere was really awesome," rookie RB Michael Smith said. "It's my first time in the stadium. Even with half the fans in the stands, I can't wait until the seats are filled up."

TE Dallas Clark played in the stadium while with the Colts. But even a veteran entering his 10th season can appreciate breaking the monotony of training camp.

"Oh, it was beautiful," Clark said of the stadium atmosphere. "It makes our practices a lot easier when you're practicing in front of people. It gives you a lot of extra energy. Playing under the lights definitely helps."

For coach Greg Schiano, the workout, which was interrupted for about a half-hour due to a thunderstorm, provided a chance for young players to get rid of the jitters before Friday's preseason opener at Miami.

"We got the young kids a chance to play some live football in front of people, so Friday night won't be the first time for them playing inside an NFL stadium," he said.

"This was the fourth straight day (of practice). I didn't have to bring the energy. The fans did. It was good."

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Under the lights, in front of fans 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 11:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Snell to rejoin rotation Wednesday



  2. For starters: Rays lineup vs Orioles



  3. Alex Faedo, Florida advance to face LSU in College World Series finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

    Florida’s Austin Langworthy scores on a single by Mike Rivera in the second inning during a 3-0 victory over TCU.
  4. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  5. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.