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A NEW DAY IN TAMPA BAY: RAYMOND JAMES SET TO OPEN ON SUNDAY
Published September 18, 1998
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will officially open on Sunday as the Bucs host the Bears. But in Tampa, Pugliese & Smith report that many fans had not received their season tickets for the new facility, which "prompted a flood of telephone calls" to the team. Other "concerned season- ticket holders stormed the team's headquarters." Ken Goodwin, a season-ticket holder since '76: "It just really aggravates me these people have the audacity to take our money since 1995 -- with interest -- and wait until the last minute to send us our tickets." The Bucs, "who declined comment, remain optimistic that people will have their season tickets by today" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/18). Today's ST. PETE TIMES provides a special section on the new facility titled, "Raymond James Stadium: Dropping Anchor." The section examines the stadium's construction, the field, and the luxury and club seating (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/18).