Are you planning on heading to Raymond James Stadium Saturday night for USF’s homecoming game against East Carolina? It’s the first time this season that fans will be allowed inside the 60,000-plus seat stadium to see USF since the COVID-19 pandemic raged havoc on the college football season.
As of Thursday, only 650 tickets remained for the contest between the Bulls and their American Athletic Conference foe – there was an original allotment of 8,000 lower-bowl seats and 3,000 tickets available in suites. Students were allocated over 1,700 tickets in their traditional spot at the north end zone. USF head coach Jeff Scott said double the amount of student tickets available were requested by members of the Bulls student body.
In response to having a safe environment to ensure the continuation of the USF football season, Raymond James Stadium has spent $10.2 million to get the stadium adjusted and ready to hold a large crowd under the circumstances.
Here’s some of the things that you’ll need to know if you’re planning to attend Saturday night’s game:
No bags upon entry. No bags will be allowed inside of the stadium. In accordance with NFL policies, Raymond James Stadium used to allow clear tote bags inside the stadium. However, stadium officials want to minimize the amount of outside items that are brought into the facility. A small clutch, with a maximum size of 4.5″ x 6.5″ is allowed.
Face coverings required. If anyone in your party is five years old or older, they will need to be wearing a face covering to watch USF. This goes in direct accordance with City of Tampa policies that require face masks in public areas. Guests must be wearing them before entering ticket gates and bag screening areas. The only exception to the face mask rule is if anyone in your party is actively eating or drinking. Face coverings can be provided at guest services booths inside and outside of the stadium.
No tailgating, no overnight parking. Parking lots will open two hours before kickoff. On Saturday, that’s 5:00 p.m. All parking passes will be digital, on the same way you access your 2020 game tickets. Tailgating is not allowed in any way, and those that leave their car in any parking lot at Raymond James overnight will be subject to being towed.
Cashless transactions. To eliminate potential high-contact points at concession stands and merchandise stores, Raymond James has decided to eliminate all cash transactions in 2020. The only form of tender accepted will be credit and debit throughout the season.
No alcohol sales. In accordance with USF’s phased-in approach to return fans to the stands, the university has elected not to have alcohol sold on Saturday’s game. Don’t worry, alcohol sales will be allowed at all other Raymond James Stadium events, including remaining Tampa Bay Buccaneers games.
For all other guidelines and FAQs, click here to visit the USF Bulls gameday guide, outlining every single guideline set by the Tampa Sports Authority, USF and Raymond James Stadium.