Tampa Stadium

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Tampa Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
Opened November 4, 1967
Closed September 13, 1998
Demolished April 11, 1999
Other Names Houlihan's Stadium (1996-99)
Tenants Tampa Bay Mutiny (1996-98)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976-97)
South Florida Bulls (1997)
Tampa Bay Bandits (1983-85)
Tampa Spartans (1967-74)

Tampa Stadium (nicknamed The Big Sombrero) was a large open-air stadium (maximum capacity about 74,000) located in Tampa, Florida, which opened in 1967 and was significantly expanded in 1974-75. The facility is most closely associated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, who played there from their establishment in 1976 until 1997. It also hosted two Super Bowls, in 1984 and 1991, as well as the 1984 USFL Championship Game.

List of credited publications

League Date/Season Team(s) Type
National Football League September 2, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Program
October 21, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers Program
November 18, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Program
December 29, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Program
January 6, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams Postseason Program
August 16, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Program
October 12, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers Program
November 29, 1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins Program
College football January 1, 1996 1996 Outback Bowl (Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Auburn Tigers) Program
National Football League November 24, 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Program

See also

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United States Football League
1983 Teams Arizona Wranglers • Birmingham Stallions • Boston Breakers • Chicago Blitz • Denver Gold • Los Angeles Express • Michigan Panthers • New Jersey Generals • Oakland Invaders • Philadelphia Stars • Tampa Bay Bandits • Washington Federals
1984 Teams Arizona Wranglers • Birmingham Stallions • Chicago Blitz • Denver Gold • Houston Gamblers • Jacksonville Bulls • Los Angeles Express • Memphis Showboats • Michigan Panthers • New Jersey Generals • New Orleans Breakers • Oakland Invaders • Oklahoma Outlaws • Philadelphia Stars • Pittsburgh Maulers • San Antonio Gunslingers • Tampa Bay Bandits • Washington Federals
1985 Teams Arizona Outlaws • Baltimore Stars • Birmingham Stallions • Denver Gold • Houston Gamblers • Jacksonville Bulls • Los Angeles Express • Memphis Showboats • New Jersey Generals • Oakland Invaders • Orlando Renegades • Portland Breakers • San Antonio Gunslingers • Tampa Bay Bandits
Seasons 1983 • 1984 • 1985
Venues Alamo Stadium • Gator Bowl • Giants Stadium • Legion Field • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Nickerson Field • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum • RFK Stadium • Soldier Field • Tampa Stadium • Veterans Stadium
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