With the announcement on March 27th that the Glazer’s would finally be building a 112,660 square foot 90 feet tall indoor training facility at One Buccaneer Place for training camp which will be open in September of this year.
On June 26th details were release including an artist renderings and some of the fine amenities that the facility will include such as 4K televisions, 3,500 seats for fans and spectators, state of the art field turf, and unmanned camera system that will record every second of practice for coaches which is long overdue.
It got me to thinking, scary I know, was the Buccaneers plan of practicing outside all these years to get the players used to the weather claiming it would be an advantage against teams who normally do not play in the Tampa weather, actually a disadvantage and a reason for some of the early season struggles for the Buccaneers in recent years?
Here are some weather stats for Tampa Florida, in July and August when the Buccaneers are holding training outdoors the average high temperature is 90 degrees (with a low of 76 degrees) during both of those months.
With an average humidity of 77% starting out at 88% in the morning in July, 90% in August, and then slowing going down to 65% in July, 66% in August, at around 4 PM.
Giving a heat index (temperature it feels like with the humidity) per NOAA of between 80 in the morning and 104 or higher degrees in the afternoon/evening during the months of July and August.
So Does Practicing in the Heat and Humidity of Tampa Actually Hinder Instead of Help the Buccaneers?
Since we all know what it feels like when it’s hot and humid out, the sticky gross just makes me feel like it’s too hot to leave the air conditioning feeling, which makes me think:
Does a 175-350 pound (range of Buccaneers roster) Buccaneers player practicing outside for one-and-a-half to two hours in 76 – 90 plus degree temps with 91 – 61% humidity and a heat index of 80 – 104 degrees (or the two hottest months) actual wear them out for the first couple months of the season, instead of getting them used to the conditions?
Since 2009 when training camp was brought outside (although they did train outside at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex prior) to the Tampa heat through last season they have not played very well at home the first two months of the season.
With a home record in September and October of 8 wins and 22 losses (.267) while in November, December, and January a home record of 13 wins and 20 losses (.394) losing 5 more games in the first two months of the season.
Although during this time the Buccaneers have not been very good as a whole with an overall record of 57 wins and 83 losses (.407) including not playing very well at home with 21 wins and 42 losses (.333), but still it clearly shows that they struggle at home in September and October including going 0-3 last season.
So I ask all of you #StickCarriers out there, are the Buccaneers early season struggles at home directly related to holding training camp outside in the hot and humid confines of Tampa, and if so why did it take ownership so long to build an indoor climate controlled training facility for them to practice in?
Since the new state of the art training facility will not be completed until after training camp this season, I guess we will see how the Buccaneers play at home in September and October against the Bears, Giants, Patriots, and Panthers to test my theory or it could just be a coincidence.
Now feel free to comment and tell me your thoughts on Twitter @ND1Bucsfan and remember to always … FIRE THEM CANNONS!!!