The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a professional American football franchise based in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The team joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. During the 2002 league realignment, the Bucs joined three former NFC West teams to form the NFC South. The club plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.