Today, the Buccaneers are situated in the South Division of the National Football Conference. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets are sold for Raymond James Stadium located in Tampa, Florida. The stadium features a 103-foot pirate ship that fires cannons after every Bucs score.
The league was not very kind to its expansion teams in 1976. As a result the Tampa Bay Bucs lost their first 26 games. Their first win came on Dec. 11, 1977. They defeated the New Orleans Saints, 33-14. Tampa's fortunes soon turned around and in 1979 the team reached the NFC Championship game but lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 9-0. The team was led by defensive lineman and future hall of famer Lee Roy Selmon.
The Bucs would return to the postseason two out of the next three years but from 1983 to 1996 the team failed to qualify for the postseason. During this period, the most wins the Tampa Bay Bucs schedule ever yielded was seven—nine times the team posted five or fewer wins.
In 1997, Tampa Bay Bucs tickets were sold for the playoffs again. In fact, the team would reach the postseason seven out of the next eleven seasons. During this period, the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII (2002)—the franchise's first NFL Championship. The "Pewter Pirates" of this era were known for their stellar defense which featured linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive end Simeon Rice, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and defensive back Ronde Barber.
Head coach Tony Dungy built the team during his tenure (1996-2001) and his predecessor, coach Jon Gruden (2002-2008), got them over the hump and to the Super Bowl. Other prominent Bucs through the years include Mike Alstott, Warrick Dunn, Doug Williams, and Ricky Bell.