The Tampa Bay Buccaneers practiced indoors on Wednesday, moving practice from One Buc Place to Tropicana Field in nearby St. Petersburg to emulate what players will encounter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
The Bucs (1-3) will return to Tropicana Field again on Thursday, and it’s a safe bet that head coach Lovie Smith is also simulating crowd noise inside the domed stadium.
“It was a good practice for us and playing on the turf is a different feel,” said Smith. “For a couple of reasons [we’re practicing at Tropicana Field], there’s a lot of rain here and our fields are drenched but it is a different feel inside. Catching the ball, looking in the lights, change of directions, all of those things were good and then it was just a change of pace to do something different for our players. It was a good productive day, no traffic issues, just an easy in-and-out day for us down there and I liked it so much that we’ll probably go back tomorrow.”
The Saints (1-3) are tough to beat on their home field and will be looking for their sixth win in a row against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
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