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Raymond James Stadium Seats in Sun & Shade

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Raymond James Stadium, often referred to as Ray Jay or the New Sombrero, is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and South Florida Bulls. It’s also the premier local venue for major concerts and other special events. Like the other NFL franchises in Florida, the Bucs don’t have a permanent or retractable roof at home. Without a climate controlled environment, seat selection becomes especially important. Football and music fans can use this article in combination with the seating chart to find the best shaded seats at Raymond James Stadium.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at Raymond James Stadium?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Raymond James Stadium are located:

  • Southwest Corner: Early shade in the corner on the home side of the field
  • West Sideline: Shaded on the home side of the field later in the afternoon

And the seats in the sun at Raymond James Stadium are located:

  • East Sideline: Sunny on the visitor side of the stadium
  • North End Zone: Sun exposed near the pirate ship

Most NFL games at Raymond James Stadium kick off around either 1:00pm or 4:00pm with the occasional night game mixed in. University of South Florida games at Raymond James Stadium are usually played in the early afternoon but can vary depending on the NCAA schedule. Concerts and other special events are usually scheduled for late in the afternoon. For specific details about shaded sections at different start times, please continue reading. 

Raymond James Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Raymond James Stadium is oriented in a north to south direction. By noon the sun is high above the south end zone. Over the course of the afternoon the sun moves across the sky to the west and eventually behind the stadium on the west (home) side of the field. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on September 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Buccaneers. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Buccaneers Games

Let’s start with the reality that there are a lot more seats in the sun than in the shade at Raymond James Stadium. This can be frustrating because the first few weeks of the NFL season are quite hot in Florida. Fans who are lucky enough to have tickets for a luxury box can watch from inside, but everyone else needs to be strategic with their seat selection.

At the beginning of a 1:00pm game, very few seats are shaded. You might have luck picking a seat in one of the farthest rows back in the 200-level, such as rows AA-DD in sections 231-240. These rows are just barely under the overhang of the 300-level. By around halftime, some seats on the west (home) side will start to get shade as the sun dips behind the stadium structure. Shade will start in the corner, around sections 140 and 240, and eventually cover more seats on the home side. Rows farther from the field will get shade faster than those closer to the field.

By early-afternoon seats in the southwest corner and the west side of the stadium (left) become shaded while those on the east side of the stadium (right) and near the pirate ship are exposed to direct sun.
Photo by Justin Dernier/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Buccaneers Games

When a game or event starts later in the afternoon, finding shade is a bit easier. Early in the game, sections 146-150 in the south end zone should all be shaded. Eventually, 100-level and 200-level sections on the west (home) side of the field will also receive some shade, starting with sections 101 and 201 and moving up sequentially.

If you’re attending a Sunday, Monday, or Thursday night football game at Raymond James Stadium, you don’t really have to worry about the sun at all! Games that kick off in the 8:00pm hour will start after it’s already dark.

Ready to get your Buccaneers tickets?

Use the individual game links or click or tap here to see a list of upcoming games at Raymond James Stadium.