State Rejects Bucs Bid For Stadium Upgrades

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked the state in November for $12 million to help pay for improvements to Raymond James Stadium, the team’s application was lacking the pizazz of its competition.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Miami Dolphins, Daytona International Speedway, and the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars submitted hundreds of pages for a state sports facility grant. The proposals had graphics, financial figures and promises of economic benefits to the community.

The Buccaneers submitted a signed page on the last day of the application period. The spare submission was supposed to be a placeholder. Team officials planned to add to the proposal but ultimately couldn’t as negotiations to renovate Raymond James lingered into December.

Monday, Florida officials said the team’s application wasn’t enough.