Spectrum Project 1: Beyond the Ball: The Ray Jay Experience

Game day isn’t just about the team or the outcome of the game. It’s about the gallons of beer chugged by thousand of fans hours before. It’s about the stroke of a pen by the beat writers or the click of a camera capturing the biggest play of the night. It’s about the hundreds of workers running the show behind the scenes, selling popcorn, and tearing up the field to show off that smiling pirate or that iconic U. It’s about the blow of the cannon after every touchdown and the free flowing flags waving though the sky above. Raymond James Stadium is home to Tampa Bay’s biggest football teams and home to the game day experience of a lifetime. There’s nothing like it. And this is our house.
 
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Workers
There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into a game day experience. The staff at Raymond James stadium gives viewers an exclusive look inside a typical preparation for a game day. Mickey Farrell, Senior Vice President of Stadium Operations for the Tampa Sports Authority and Allison Minisce, Marketing Coordinator for USF Athletics each explain the roles and responsibilities of their respective departments.

Hailey Burrows
Jennifer Guido
Kevin Mangal

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Media
With ever-changing technology, the media can bring the game to the fans in almost any way now. Through print, photographs, radio, television, and social media, the world of watching the game has changed. Tampa Tribune Bucs Beat writer, Roy Cummings explains how he brings the unknown elements of the game to the fans through newspaper writing. Tampa Bay Times Bucs photojournalist, Daniel Wallace gives his take seeing the game through a camera lens and trying to capture ‘the picture’. Buccaneer Sideline Reporter for the Buccaneer Radio Network, T.J. Rives talks about how working as media for the team changes how he reports on the action.

Kyra Ciotti
Michelle Harned
Kristel Lugo
Rita Sibaja

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Team
Raymond James stadium plays a significant role in the community and continues to improve according to the Tampa Sports Authority and Rob Higgins, the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls count on the stadium to keep their fans involved.

Amy Brooks
Jordan Fauteux
Toni-Anne Gayle
Katya Guillaume

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Fans
Fans are the heart and soul of any professional sports league. The Tampa Bay area yields many college and professional sports organizations, two of the largest being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls. Tailgating in the Bay Area has become a sport in itself; fans line up hours ahead of time, just to get the perfect spot. Food, family, games, and music fill the parking lot of Raymond James stadium before every football game. Fans discuss their rituals and traditions; each experience is unique and rewarding, keeping the fans coming back game after game.

Kendall Bahr
Ardrena Dupree
Kelly Ellis
Hayden Vanswearingen

 
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