However, the teams’ marching bands and mascots took the rivalry off the gridiron Sunday afternoon with a Battle of the Bands outside Tradewinds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach. Cheerleaders, players and fans danced in the sand to the bands’ favorite songs.
Members also participated in an eating contest, cheerleader tug-of-war and a good, old fashioned tailgate cookout.
Fans can participate in a pre-game Fan Tailgate Extravaganza Monday before the game in Tropicana Field’s Lot 7. The event starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands and mascots joining in on games and contests before the 2 p.m. kickoff.