Bucs Ask For Delay In Videoboard Project With Sights Set On "Bigger And Fancier" Screens
Tampa Sports Authority officials said that the Buccaneers are asking the agency to "hold off" on switching to "newer, sharper video scoreboards at Raymond James Stadium," according to Bill Varian of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. The organization has "been prepared to make the switch since at least early last year and has been preparing for longer than that." However, a source said that the team "may want to go bigger and fancier on the scoreboards, and early indications are that the Bucs owners may be willing to pick up the cost difference if they opt to go that route." Authority officials said that they are "confident that replacement of the stadium scoreboards will take place before Tampa hosts the college football national championship game" in '17. The organization under its main lease agreement with the Buccaneers is "obligated" to keep the facility "generally up to snuff with other NFL stadiums of roughly the same age." The body is "in the midst" of working on $17.7M in upgrades, which are "expected to be completed in the next two years" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 1/3).