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Homeowners living by Raymond James Stadium cashing in on Tampa's Big Game

Homeowners renting out yards for hundreds of dollars
Raymond James Stadium
Posted at 7:21 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 08:21:32-05

TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS) — It’s a lucrative business in West Tampa gone lukewarm thanks to the pandemic. Neighbors have long enjoyed the side hustle of parking cars on their yards on game days. But with all the excitement building up to Tampa's Big Game it will be a chance for these homeowners to rebound.

How much is a patch of grass worth? For neighbors living around Raymond James Stadium, their front yards could mean hundreds of dollars in their pocket come game day and a chance to make back what they lost.

Sunday's Buccaneers win over the Green Bay Packers was a game-changer. The excitement is building for all of Tampa Bay and especially for fans living right by the stadium in West Tampa.

“I’m super excited," Carrie Quevedo said. "I just went ahead and left with the car and my husband blowing [car] horns all the way down to the stadium."

By earning their spot in the Super Bowl, the Bucs are making these neighbors some bucks.

“Tampa — they are very hardcore fans and I am one of those," Quevedo said.

Quevedo has been parking cars for game days in her yard for 30 years. But when the pandemic hit, the season opener went without any fans at all, and every game since with limited attendance.

“It really impacted me a lot, it impacted my pocket a lot," she said.

Now fans are reaching out to rent her lot for upwards of $600.

“The excitement once they announced Brady and Gronkowski was huge and then the pandemic hit and you’re like ‘Wait a minute, we’re not even going to benefit from the excitement to be able to see them,'" Elaine Sumner said.

Sumner also lives about four blocks from the stadium. She’s been parking cars since 2006 when her family first bought the house. As both a fan and a homeowner benefiting from tailgating, she thinks Feb. 7 will be huge.

“It’s definitely a way to, in one shot, get back if not all they could have made at least some of what they could have made and have that little bit of extra money in their pocket," she said.

In the last 24 hours, she rented out her lot for just over $400 to front-line workers who won tickets to the game.

“This last year has been super rough for them just with their jobs," she said.

To show her thanks, she gave them a deep discount.