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Now Known As Houlihan's Stadium
Date Opened Nov. 4, 1967
Demolished Apr. 11, 1999
Venue Capacity 45,000
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Venue Address 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33607

Venue Information

Tampa Stadium (known as Houlihan's Stadium from 1996 to 1998, nicknamed The Big Sombrero) was a sports venue located at 4201 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, Florida, USA. The stadium is most closely associated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers National Football League franchise. The Bucs played all of their home games in the stadium from 1976 through 1997.

The facility opened in 1967. The stadium was built next to Al Lopez Field, the home of the Tampa Tarpons Florida State League baseball team, and the spring training site of the Cincinnati Reds National League baseball franchise. Ample parking was available in the grassy lots around the stadium, as well as nearby Horizon Park and Jesuit High School.

The stadium was designed for American football, and built with an initial seating capacity of 45,000. Two large concrete structures built along the sidelines provided the major facilities. Bench seating was arranged on a single tier, so that every seat had a direct and unobstructed view of the playing field.

Skyboxes were added in the mid 1980s by expanding the stadium's existing press boxes. The stadium's maximum seating capacity was 74,301.

Demolition of Tampa Stadium proceeded soon after the Tampa Bay Mutiny's final home game on September 13, 1998. Wrecking balls and long reach excavators were used for much of the process. The last portion of the stadium (the east side luxury boxes built for the stadium's first Super Bowl), was imploded on April 11, 1999. The land was then cleared and converted into a parking lot.

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