Bartow Ford scored a winning touchdown when receiving an invitation for an inside look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training facility, rightfully christened One Buccaneer Place.Bucs Flag

Bartow Ford team members from several departments hopped into a 2013 Ford Expedition and set off on a Buccaneer road trip. Using Ford’s SYNC navigation to mark the desired destination, the SUV cruised down I-4 for a 50 minute drive to Tampa.

On approach, the visitors to One Buccaneer Place gazed upon a steel crafted football sculpture, which adorns the entrance. The welcome structure weighs an extraordinary 20 tons, and an audio system designed to keep friendly fowls away can be heard upon entering.

Fact: One Buccaneer Place is the largest team facility in the NFL.

header-one-buccaneer-place-employmentThe lobby of the building is designed to resemble the interior of a pirate ship, and is decorated with custom marble floors and historic memorabilia.  After a brief introduction with the tour guide, Jessica Beers, the group set off on their football adventure.

The first destinations on the tour route were the media room and press conference studio. The press conference studio resides adjacent from the media room, can hold up to 75 people, and is used for shooting commercials, hosting press conferences, and conducting interviews. An additional room in this area includes an auditorium, which offers theater-style seating with furniture fashioned to hold up to 500 lbs.

After visiting the media and press conference rooms, the tour led into the most delicious room on the premises, the dining room. The eateryBucs Helmet on Field is approximately 3,500 square feet, serves three meals a day, and is headed by Executive Chef Mike Beadles.

Fact:  The dining dishes span 14 inches and alone weigh 2.5lbs.

Venturing up to the corporate sponsors’ room, tour guests were treated to a historical video depicting the Buccaneer tradition, as well as a full view of the Buccaneers training on their practice fields. Spanning eight acres, the team has the option of three full-length football fields for game preparation.

Fact: The three full-length grass fields take three hours to mow and are manicured daily.
Since the players were utilizing the facility, access was limited for the day. Uncharted territory included the 6,600 square feet Buccaneers locker room-equipped with a steam room and sauna to create a country club feel. Additional conveniences consist of a player’s lounge, a trainer’s rehab, equipment, and weight rooms.Buccaners Coach

Fact: During season, 1,000 towels are washed daily.

As the tour came to a close, a chance meeting awaited in the stairwell as Coach Schiano passed and exchanged pleasantries. The Bartow Ford crew loaded back up into the Expedition and bid farewell to the 33 acre ship of dreams, leaving with new knowledge and memories.

Fact: One Buccaneer Place is home to 264 employees and has been housing the Bucs for over seven years.

To view photos of Bartow Ford’s Buccaneers Road Trip, please see the slideshow below.

 

The Bartow Ford Crew
The Bartow Ford Crew

Taking the adventure to One Bucs Place was (L to R) Jack Kovach, Greg Brock, Tifany Butterfield, Tiara Knowles, and PJ Gibson

Marking the Destination
Marking the Destination

Using Ford SYNC the group routed their desired destination

Arriving at One Buccaneer Place
Arriving at One Buccaneer Place

The trip from Bartow Ford to the Buccaneer’s Training facility took approximately 50 minutes.

Welcome to One Buccaneer Place
Welcome to One Buccaneer Place

A 20 ton steel football sculpture decorates the entrance of the training facility

The Welcome Area
The Welcome Area

Resembling a museum the Welcome Room is decorated with past and present Buccaneers memorabilia.

Moment of Victory
Moment of Victory

This bronze sculpture features: Coach Gruden, Mike Alsott, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks, Brad Johnson, John Lynch, Shelton Quarles, Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp

Past and Present Players
Past and Present Players

Past and present players line the walls of the Welcome Area.

Super Bowl Championship Ring
Super Bowl Championship Ring

The Bucs received their Super Bowl XXXVII ring June of 2003. The ring depicts the Lombardi Trophy in the center which is surrounded by 50 round cut diamonds.

Super Bowl XXXVII
Super Bowl XXXVII

The Bucs win against the Raiders 48-21 in the 2003 Super Bowl

The Head Coach
The Head Coach

From John McKay to Greg Schiano, the Buccaneers tell the story of their head coaches

Meeting the Guide
Meeting the Guide

Marketing Manager of the Buccaneers, Jessica Beers, led the tour of the facilities.

The Media Room
The Media Room

This 4,590 sq ft room holds 6 flat screens and is equipped with WIFI and a 1 gig constant stream.

Press Conference Area
Press Conference Area

The studio can hold up to 75 people.

Press Conference Area
Press Conference Area

There are three backdrops and may be used for press conferences, commercials, and interviews.

The Dining Room
The Dining Room

The 3,496 sq foot room seats 88 people, serves three meals a day in season, and has its own water filtration system.

The Corporate Sponsors Room
The Corporate Sponsors Room

This room is exclusive for Buccaneers Corporate Sponsors and over looks the  8 acre practice field.

The Corporate Sponsors Room
The Corporate Sponsors Room

The tour was treated to a special inspirational Buccaneers training video

The Practice Field
The Practice Field

The eight acre practice turf equates to 3 full sized  fields.

The Practice Field
The Practice Field

The field uses 15 tons of fertilizer and has special goal posts for kicking.

Heading Home
Heading Home

Since the Buccaneers are in-season, the tour lasted approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Back at Bartow Ford
Back at Bartow Ford