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Bucs plan to host free Tim McGraw concert prior to season opener

The country star will headline the Bucs’ pregame show at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Tim McGraw leans on his mic stand while performing June 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium during the "Brothers of the Sun" concert. [Times (2012)]
Published Aug. 5
Updated Aug. 5

TAMPA — You like it, you love it, and now you can get more of it.

Superstar Tim McGraw returns to Tampa to help the Bucs kick off their season.

The country artist will host a full free concert on Sept. 8, just before the Tampa Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 p.m. for its season opener.

Patrons with tickets to Sunday’s game will be able to attend the concert for free prior to kickoff. The country concert is part of the team’s NFL Fantennial Celebration commemorating 100 years of NFL football.

The concert is slated for 2 p.m. that afternoon at Raymond James Stadium and will be held in the plaza above the south endzone concourse. Parking lots will open at 11:30 a.m. and fans will be able to enter the stadium at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the pregame concert, McGraw will also perform in the game’s halftime encore show.

Throughout McGraw’s career, he has 43 No. 1 radio singles and 16 number one albums. He’s also won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People’s Choice Awards.

This isn’t McGraw’s first trip to Raymond James. His last time in the stadium was in 2012 when he was on his Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney. His most trip to Tampa, however, was in October 2017 when he was on the Soul2Soul Tour with his wife, fellow country superstar Faith Hill. The duo played on a Friday night together at Amalie Arena before a crowd of 13,500 fans.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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