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Headed to the USF game? Bring your mask and a mobile device

Here’s a list of the new stadium features and protocols as USF welcomes fans for the first time in 2020.
USF Bulls fans cheers during the second quarter of last season's game against SMU at Raymond James Stadium.
USF Bulls fans cheers during the second quarter of last season's game against SMU at Raymond James Stadium. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published Oct. 9, 2020

A whole new vibe, and whole new set of guidelines, will greet USF fans arriving at Raymond James Stadium for Saturday night’s contest against East Carolina, the Bulls' first home game of 2020 with an audience.

If you’re among the 8,000 or so who secured lower-bowl tickets (or among the 3,000 or so who will watch from a suite), we’ve put together a list of protocols and parking information to help acquaint you with in-person college football in 2020.

* Because Raymond James Stadium has gone cashless this year, USF has transitioned to all-mobile ticketing. The school has even introduced a mobile fan app to ease the process.

* Stadium parking lots will open two hours before kickoff, but tailgating is prohibited this season. Stadium gates and club sections open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

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* The pregame USF Bulls Stampede (where fans greet players as they exit the team buses and enter the stadium) is not being held this season.

* Face masks are required inside the stadium and must be worn at all times. A face shield may also be worn, but not in lieu of a mask. If you wear a shield, you still must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.

* No bags larger than a small clutch will be allowed inside the stadium. This restriction includes clear bags.

* Pedestal ticket scanners with tap-and-go technology will be at every gate, eliminating the exchange of phones between staff and fans and speeding stadium entry.

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* In an effort to meet stadium-capacity restrictions, the sections listed are the only options to access their corresponding club areas:

West Club: Sections 109 – 112, 208 - 213

East Club: Sections 134 – 137, 233 – 238

Fans must purchase tickets in these sections in order to have access to the corresponding clubs, and must utilize the club on the sideline in which the seats are located.

* A list of all stadium enhancements and upgrades as COVID-19 precautions can be seen here.