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Best Seats For a Concert at Raymond James Stadium
The most common seating layout at Raymond James Stadium for concerts is an end-stage setup with the stage located near sections Section 115, Section 118 and Section 119. For many concerts there are also slight variations to the layout, which may include General Admission seats, fan pits and B-stages.
On the Field: Sections Field A, Field B, Field C and Field D are Field Seats, which offer some of the closest views of the performers. For many concerts, field sections are added or removed. These performer-specific adjustments may alter the field layout and the views from each field section.
To the Side of the Stage: For close views of the stage with a little bit of elevation, consider seats to the side of the stage in Section 112, Section 113 and Section 133. The view is not head-on like on the field, but many of the seats are closer to the stage, provide better elevation and are actual stadium seats.
Even upper level sections offer unobstructed sitelines. Just keep in mind that you won't be able to see as much detail from these seats as you would if you sat closer to the stage.
Consider the Following When Buying Concert Tickets
Seats behind the stage are occassionally sold: Unless your main objective is to just get in the building, you'll want to completely avoid anything behind the stage - like those in/near or above sections Section 115, Section 118, Section 119 and Section 120. It's unlikely the performer will turn around to salute you - and you're more likely to be completely blocked out from seeing the show.
If you're on the shorter side (or bringing kids), consider field seats only in the first few rows: The most common complaint amongst field ticketholders is that they can't see the stage because of taller people in front of them. As an alternative, consider side sections near the stage that will still have you close and high enough to see.
Lower level side sections are not created equal: While the side sections closest to the stage are top-notch, side sections farther from the stage may leave you with a cramp in your neck. Sections 207 and 239 are not well-angled towards the stage - leaving you to turn your head for an ideal view. Instead, consider head-on sections in the lower level or even close side seats in the upper level like 312 and 313.
Less than 10% of seats at Raymond James Stadium offer some type of shade or cover. Below is a sample of seats that are at least partially covered or shaded at different times of the day. To search for tickets or to find out if your seats are protected from the sun or rain, follow the link for the seat finder.
Lower level corner seating is found between the sidelines and endzones on the lowest level of Raymond James Stadium. Corner seating provides a diagonal view of the field and impressive proximity to scoring opportunities in the near endzone.
For Bucs games, sections 140-145 are located nearest to the Buccaneer Cove and the Pirate Ship at the north endzone, and Sections 217-220 are nearest to the Party Deck.
Most sections contain 27 rows running from Row A closest to the field, to Row DD furthest from the field. Most rows contain 24 seats and as you face the field of play, Seat 1 will be the at the far right of the row within your section.
For the best angle towards midfield, choose a corner section closest to the endzone (like 102, 119, 127 or 144) and try sitting in the highest row possible.
Lower Level Endzone (Football) Seating
Right behind the endzones and just above field level is the Lower Level Endzone. Seats in these sections provide the closest views of goal line battles. Sections 121-125 are located at south endzone in front of the party deck, while sections 146-150 are perched just below Buccaneer Cove and the Pirate Ship - popular attractions for Buccaneers games.
With video boards at both endzones, fans won't have to turn their heads at all to catch the latest replays and highlights.
Most sections contain 27 rows running from Row A closest to the field, to Row DD furthest from the field. Like other other lower level sections, most rows contain 24 seats with seat 1 on your right as you look towards the field.
Lower Level Sideline (Football) Seating
Located on the closest level to the playing field, Lower Level Sideline seating offers great views and sitelines from within 30 rows of the field. Sections 109-112 are located directly behind the Buccaneers/home team bench, and sections 134-137 are behind the visitor sideline.
Most sections contain 27 rows running from Row A closest to the field, to Row DD furthest from the field. No rows exist for I, O, or Q and take note that Row AA is located behind Row Z. Most rows contain 24 seats and as you face the field of play, Seat 1 will be the at the far right of the row within your section.
None of the seats in the lower level are covered and very few will see shade during the hot early afternoon games of early fall. So finding the best best seats comes down to whether you want to be close to the field or if you want the best view possible. If you're looking for a more outstanding view, choose seats in a double-letter row (ex: AA) where you'll be more elevated and also close to the concourse tunnel.
Upper Level Corner (Football) Seating
Corner seating in the upper level is home to some of the cheapest tickets for Bucs games. These sections are furthest from the field in the top deck of the stadium. Despite their distant views and relatively low prices, these seats provide good value when compared to some sideline seats in the upper deck.
Sections closer to the endzone (like 317-319 and not 316) have the best sitelines and are a perfect alternative to upper sideline seating where prices can be about as steep as the upper deck stairs.
As with sideline seating on the upper level, fans will find accessible seating upon entering their section, and Row A up a small set of stairs. Sit as close to Row A as possible to avoid the long walks up the steep stairs.
Elevators are available at all four corner entries of the stadium, making corner seats a good option for fans not able to trek multiple sections to get to their seats.
Upper Level Sideline (Football) Seating
The upper deck at Raymond James Stadium is a large, steep and wide-open seating area. Given the size of the sections and the length they run across the sideline, row placement is the key to a great experience.
Each section features roughly 30 rows of seating with handicap-accessible seating on its own landing and rows A-DD up a small set of stairs. Rows A-K require the shortest walk and are ideal for fans who don't want to climb too many stairs. If you're a little on the shorter side, avoid Rows A and E where the railings will occasionally get in the way.
With no shade or cover found anywhere in the upper deck, the only benefit of sitting in a higher row is a lower ticket price. The sun will eventually set behind west deck (Sections 306-315) but it's usually not early enough to help fans during the hot and sunny early-season contests.
With the exception of the railing obstructions, fans will find clear sitelines in almost all sections. However, the best of these is certainly at midfield near Sections 310/311 on the west side and 335/336 on the east side. Though the siteline isn't bad, consider an upper corner section instead of an extreme sideline section like 306 or 315. You'll find a better viewing angle in the corner (and probably save a few bucks).
Middle Level Corners (Football) Seating
Located on the second tier up from the playing field, the Middle Level Corner locations provides a great height for viewing the action and a close proximity to near endzone scoring opportunities.
Fans sitting in the lower rows of Section 245 will find themselves as close as it gets to Buccaneer Cove and the Pirate Ship.
Most sections contain 27 rows running from Row A closest to the field, to Row DD furthest from the field. No rows exist for I, O, or Q and take note that Row AA is located behind Row Z.
Most rows contain 24 seats and as you face the field of play, Seat 1 will be the at the far right of the row within your section.
Like most football stadiums, finding the best view at Raymond James Stadium is as simple as locating seats near midfield. At Bucs and USF games, sitting in sections ending in 09-12 (e.g. 209, 210, 211, 212) or 34-37 will have you perfectly positioned between the 30 yardlines. While this is a great place to start looking for seats, we have a few recommendations for maximizing your experience.
Club Level Seats Offer the Best Views
First, the absolute best views in the stadium will be found in sections 209-212 and 234-237. Of course, these are club level seats which typically come with the highest pricetag for Buccaneers games. For fans who want the best of the best, it's worth it.
The 200s level seats near midfield give fans enough elevation to see side-to-side in a single, comfortable glance. No sharp head-turning, no looking straight down and no having to look over the players. One small area of pause is in the lower rows, which are just above the main 100-level walkway. We have found fans in the walkway to be distracting. As a result, we recommend skipping out on rows A-H in favor of higher rows where you'll be closer to the club lounges.
If you want to combine a great view with ideal comfort, we find the best seats for a Buccaneers game to be in rows AA-DD of sections 209-212. These are on the home side of the field, they're extra-close to the club concourse, and they are usually shaded during those hot 1:00 PM games.
Lower Level Seats With Elevation
If the amenities of club seating aren't appealing to you, you may want to sit a little closer to the field. In midfield sections 109-112 and 134-137, you'll be within 30 rows of the field and the players. Among these rows, we like T-Z and AA-CC the best. These are the highest rows in their respective sections, which gives these seats good elevation and has them close to the main walkway.
Most Under-Rated Seats at RJS
While the previous recommendations are all on the pricey side, the best budget seats for a top-notch view are sections 217-220. These corner sections give you a comfortable view (again, no head-turning) of the field, the North videoboard and the stadium's defining feature - the pirate ship. Not to be over-looked is that these four sections are the best seats for shade at Raymond James Stadium.
Other Notes From Around the Venue
We didn't include any 300-level seats on our top picks for a great view. This is because the Upper Deck at RJS is perched pretty high above the field. Two rings of suites separate the 200 and 300 levels - and the first row of non-wheelchair seating in all 300s sections requires climbing a set of stairs. If your budget has you sitting up here, our sole recommendation is to sit in the lowest row possible.
One last note on sitelines at the stadium comes from lower level sections sidelines near the endzone. Sections like 106, 107, 114 and 115 have horrible sitelines from the lower rows. The seats face their respective endzone, which requires you to turn your head sharply to see action near midfield and near the opposite endzone. Unless your goal is to sit as close to the field as possible, we recommend skipping these seats altogether.
Where are the club seats at Raymond James Stadium and what is the price range?
The Stadium Club seats are located on the second level of Raymond James Stadium along both the east and west sidelines (Sections 205-216 and 230-241). Face value of these tickets range from $149 per seat to $395 per seat depending on the location relative to the 50 yard lines.
Club seats feature such amenities as wider seats, access to club lounges, exclusive food selections and full-service bars.
Stadium Club seats are located just above 100 level seating on each sideline
How early before the game does the visiting team come out of the entry tunnels?
Many of the players can be seen warming up on the field as early as an hour and a half prior to kickoff. However the official team entrance with all players taking the field in full uniform will usually occur 10-15 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time. Visiting team players will take the field first, followed by the home team entrance afterward.