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Taxpayers Chipping in for Buccaneers Luxury Suite Renovations

According to Jodie Tillman and Bill Varian of the St. Petersburg Times, almost half of the $7.8 million in public money going toward renovating Raymond James Stadium next year will be spent in places few Bucs fans can enjoy: the luxury suites.

The money, most of which comes from tourist taxes, will pay for new carpeting ($597,200), furnishings ($2.3 million), ice makers ($225,940) and refrigerators ($225,940) in the 195 suites.

All money generated from the suites goes directly to the Glazer family. The Tampa Sports Authority, the public agency that manages the stadium, said it is obligated to keep the suites up to standard.

Over the next two years, the agency projects spending nearly $18.7 million in maintenance and replacement work.

That includes nearly $1.2 million on stadium seats and $1 million on the sound system. By far, the biggest item will be $7.7 million to replace the scoreboard with a high-definition version.

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