FAN FAVES: USF Bulls Football
As the University of South Florida Bulls get ready to take on Georgia Tech at noon on Saturday, it's worth noting there have been a heap of new perks added for fans this year to enhance the game-day experience at Raymond James Stadium. Among them:
• The new Bulls Bay, located directly below the scoreboard, opens three hours prior to kickoff with food, drinks, music and family fun including face painters and bounce houses, with Rocky the Bull and promotional giveaways.
• The Beef O'Brady's Junior Bulls on Parade lets children 12 and younger run out of the Bulls tunnel onto the field during pregame activities. Parents should look for USF Athletics representatives at the Gate C ground level ramp at least
30 minutes before kickoff. Parents can run with their children or meet them after they run at the Gate D tunnel.
• Rockybot lets USF fans text the team mascot at (813) 993-0336 to get answers regarding tickets, parking, first aid, locations of restrooms, restaurants, water fountains and more.
• Raymond James Stadium is a tobacco-free venue for all stadium events this season, including football games. And patrons are not allowed to exit and re-enter, so count on spending at least a few hours smoke-free.
• Starting with the East Carolina game on Sept. 22, chill out on Adirondack chairs under Tiki Hut umbrellas on the new sand beaches located throughout the plaza by Bulls Bay, awaiting the Bulls Stampede of players and coaches entering the stadium.
Get tickets at (813) 974-3002 or USFBullsTix.com.
ON DECK: TAMPA BOAT SHOW
Get a look at the newest crafts and check out fishing seminars and boat-handling courses. $12, 12 and younger free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 498-9162. tampaboatshow.com.
RAYS TIME: HOME GAMES
The Tampa Bay Rays play the Baltimore Orioles in a three-game series at home Friday-Sunday, followed by the Indians Monday-Wednesday. All fans get a free 20th anniversary photo viewer on Saturday, and Sunday at 1:10 p.m. is Family Fun Day with free parking for cars with four or more and kids can run the bases after the game.