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Tampa Bay needs to step up for Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. -- The list of finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowl sites is out and it includes Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Miami and Atlanta.

Tampa Bay has hosted four Super Bowls and all have been successes. But if the region wants to hold a fifth, it needs to do something special. Atlanta, which will have a new stadium, is the current favorite to get a game.

New Orleans, with its night life, and Miami, with South Beach, might be next in line. Tampa Bay has to step up if it wants to leap frog New Orleans and Miami. The most certain way to do that is to upgrade Raymond James Stadium.

Opened in 1998, Raymond James Stadium has entered middle-age for a stadium. It has held up well and still gets rave reviews, but there is room for improvement.

Some of that’s coming in an overhaul for the January 2017 college football title game. New video boards are expected, but the stadium needs more than video boards to get a Super Bowl.

The Bucs and the Tampa Sports Authority need to go all out make a good stadium great.