Fan Information Guide

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Animals are not allowed into Raymond James Stadium with the exception of service animals.

Assistive Listening Devices

TDD machine and assistive listening devices available at information/concierge booths located on the main concourse near the entrance/exit ramps, and near the center of each upper concourse. Raymond James Stadium can be reached via TDD at (800) 955-8771.


Two ATMs are located on the main concourse near ramp towers B and D, and two more in the club lounges.


The Tampa Bay area offers numerous attractions from Busch Gardens to the Florida Aquarium. Go to the Things to Do / Places to Go page for a listing of our favorite attractions in the area.


Backpacks, duffle bags and large bags are not permitted in the stadium. For more details see Prohibited Items.


Must be checked by the FHP before display. No advertisements, no wood or metal can be used. Must be in good taste. May not be hung over equipment or existing signage including field wall.


The Tampa Bay Area has some of the best beaches in the world. In fact, two are ranked in the Top 10. For more information link to the and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Visitor Bureau sites.


Binoculars are allowed in the stadium, but cases are not.

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is located in Tampa and is one of the best attractions in the state. Offering a large variety of animal exhibits and thrilling rollercoasters it has something for everyone. For more information link to

Camera/Video Equipment

Video cameras are not allowed. Camera lenses over 12 inches not permitted. No commercial use of photographs shot in stadium.


Fans needing to park their campers and RVs overnight should check out for a list of campgrounds and state parks in the Tampa Bay area. Overnight parking is NOT permitted in stadium parking lots. On game day campers/RVs over 25 feet in length must park in lots 8, 13 or 14. Cost is $75 for campers and $100 for buses.

On game day campers/RVs over 25 feet in length must park in lots 8, 13 or 14. Cost is $75 for campers and $100 for buses.


Children 3 years old and younger are admitted for free as long as they do not require their own seat (must sit on parents lap).


No containers, including cans, bottles or coolers, lunch boxes, drinks or food can be brought into stadium.

Diaper Bags

Small Diaper Bags are allowed for those accompanying infants and toddlers See Prohibited Items.


Directions to Raymond James Stadium can be found on the Stadium Directions page of this site.

Disabled Seating & Parking

Raymond James Stadium meets ADA guidelines for seating, restrooms, concession stands and signage. Tickets are available through the Outback Bowl ticket office (813-874-2695), and at Florida Ticketmaster Outlets after August 24th. Handicap parking is available on game day only on a first come basis. For more information ask for a "Guide for Guests With Disabilities" from an information booth or the Tampa Sports Authority office (813) 350-6500.


Elevators for handicapped fans are located at gates A & C ramp towers. Elevators are also located in center of east and west club concourses. Each entry/exit ramp lower also includes escalators. Escalators go up only until mid-way throughout the third period at which time they are reserved to go down only.

Events Schedule

A complete schedule of Outback Bowl events can be found on the Events Calendar page of this site.

First Aid

Located near ramps B & D on the main and upper concourses and ramp C on the lower (field) level. Paramedics are positioned on the east and west walkways of the main and upper levels and on the endzone concourses.


There are 168 concession areas in the stadium. There are also four sports bars and two specialty restaurants on the Club concourses. Food includes items such as burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, pizza, deli sandwiches, salads, ice cream and more. Travelers checks are excepted at the concessions when signed in cashier's presence. ATMs are located on the main concourses. No credit cards are accepted at concession stands. The stadium meets ADA guidelines for concession stands.

Gates Open

Gates open at 10:30 AM on game day. Kickoff is 12:00 PM ET.


Grilling in the parking lots of Raymond James Stadium is allowed on game day. Fans must properly dispose of charcoal and other waste.


A directory of official bowl hotels is found on the Tampa Bay Area Hotel Partners page of this site. For a complete directory of area properties link to the Visit Tampa Bay or Visit St. Petersburg - Clearwater sites.

Information Booths

Information/concierge booths are located on the main concourses near each entrance/exit ramp, and near the center of each upper concourse.

Items Not Allowed in Stadium

Please check the Stadium Policies page of this site for a list of items not allowed in the stadium.


Outback Bowl merchandise can be purchased at the stadium on game day, at the Bowl Beach Day event and at the New Year's Eve Parade in Ybor City. Additional retail outlets will be announced in December. You may also order items in the Merchandise section of this site.


The Tampa Museum of Art, Salvador Dali Museum and many more are home to Tampa Bay. For more information see the Things to Do / Places to Go page of this site or the visitor bureau web sites.

Noise Makers

Artificial noise makers (air horns, bullhorns, whistles, vuvuzelas, etc.) are not allowed in stadium.


Stadium parking lots open a 9 AM on game day (8 AM for reserved lots with passes). Costs are $25 for automobiles, $75 for campers and $100 for buses. See the Stadium Directions page of this site for more details.

Prohibited Items

See a list of prohibited items that are not allowed in the stadium.

Radio & TV

The Outback Bowl will be carried by the bowls national network on Touchdown Radio, by both school radio networks and in the Tampa Bay market on 620 AM WDAE. The game is televised nationally and internationally via ESPN2 TV.


There are 88 restrooms in the stadium. Restrooms are located in the main and upper concourse levels at the end of each tunnel. Companion restrooms are located near the entry/exit ramps.

Seating Diagram

A seating diagram of Raymond James Stadium can be found on the Stadium Diagram page or Stadium Tour page of this site.

Security Policies

For information on stadium security & policies go to the Stadium Policies section.

Selection of Teams

Teams are selected to play in the Outback Bowl based on a variety of criteria. The bowl generally gets the third selection from the Big Ten Conference and the SEC. Factors such as the CFP Bowl selections may adjust this selection order. The bowls Team Selection Committee makes a recommendation to the bowls Board of Directors which has the final decision. No decision will be made prior to the final regular season games being played by teams from these two conferences. Teams will be announced the afternoon of Sunday December 6th, 2015.


Raymond James Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility opened in September 1998. For more information see the About the Stadium, Stadium Tour, and Stadium Guide pages.


This is a free service allowing parents to ID children with a wrist band displaying the child's name and seat location. You may sign up for this service at any information booth located near each entry/exit ramp on the main concourse and near the center of each upper concourse.


Tailgating is allowed in stadium parking lots. See Stadium Policies page for parking lot policies.

Team Practices

Team practices are typically closed to the public by request of the schools.

Television Broadcast

The Outback Bowl will be telecast internationally on ESPN2 TV at 12:00 PM ET.


Beginning August 24th, Outback Bowl tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets throughout Florida, via phone at (813) 287-8844, or via the Internet as Ticketmaster charges a processing fee for each ticket.


See the General Ticket Information page of this site. Tickets can also be purchased through the participating school ticket offices, while available, once the teams are announced.

Travelers Checks

Are accepted at the concession stands if signed in the cashier's presence.


Are not permitted in the stadium.

Visitor Bureau/Information

Information on the Tampa Bay area can be obtained through the area visitor bureau web sites at or

Wheelchair Seating

Tickets for wheelchair seating are available through the Outback Bowl Ticket Office (813-874-2695), or at Ticketmaster Outlets in Florida beginning Sept. 1. Adjacent companion seats are available as well. Raymond James Stadium meets ADA guidelines for seating, signage, concessions and restrooms. Wheelchair parking is available on a first come basis in Lots A & C for $25.