As USF football prepares for its first home game of the season on Saturday, students may have difficulties finding transportation to get to the off-campus Raymond James Stadium.
To follow along with the Bulls this season in person, here are a few of the easiest ways to arrive at the stadium on time with little hassle.
One way students can get to the stadium is through Bulls Blitz, a program created by Student Government (SG) that provides free transportation to the stadium.
The first bus arrives at the MSC Bus Loop at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and students are required to bring their USF ID and have the BullsConnect app on their phones to show their registration for the event prior to getting on the bus.
Bull Blitz is providing seven buses that accommodate 56 students each, according to SG Tampa Governor Gustavo Storck. There isn’t a time estimate for the buses as they are first come, first serve, but as soon as a bus fills out and goes to the stadium, the next one will arrive. Each bus is estimated to make three trips.
Students can also take public transportation to the stadium, such as the HART bus. The buses are entirely free and have many different routes that students can choose from.
For those who decide to take the HART bus from USF, taking route 45 will take students directly to the stadium. Students can catch the bus at The University Area Transit Center at 13110 N 27th St. Students can also get more information on the HART bus website.
Choosing between alternative routes may be a good choice in case of traffic. Routes 33 to 36 are options, but students may still get caught in the Dale Mabry traffic. Students can choose between other routes, such as 400 to 7, that get to the stadium on the southern end, avoiding traffic from the north.
Routes 6 to 32 avoid Dale Mabry Highway entirely, so they might be the best option in case of traffic.
Unfortunately, the HART buses stop running at around 10:35 p.m. on Saturdays, so make sure to plan ahead for a ride back home.
Students can download the OneBusAway app on their phones to track the buses in real time.
Another way students can get to Raymond James Stadium is by using a ride-sharing app, such as Uber and Lyft. If students choose this option, the drop-off and pick-up area will both be located at Steinbrenner Field, according to Raymond James Stadium’s website.
The price to get from campus to the stadium using ride-sharing apps is usually around $24, but it can get more expensive depending on the time of the day, the traffic and where you live.
Know before you go
Raymond James Stadium has a no-bag policy that states that visitors are only allowed to bring one clutch purse no larger than 4.5’’ by 6.5,’’ according to its website.
The stadium is cashless, so students should bring a card or use AppleWallet.
For Saturday’s game, gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m.