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Tampa "sellout" includes up to 15,000 empty seats

As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers try to snap a nine-game losing streak that started last December with a defeat at Charlotte, the supposedly sold out Raymond James Stadium includes plenty of empty seats disguised as fans.

Per our Tampa media moles, there appear to be roughly 10,000 to 15,000 empty seats.

The prevailing rumor is that the team is ensuring that all tickets are sold, even if they aren’t used.  As a result, no Tampa home games have been blacked out locally.

The Bucs have only seven home games this year, since one of the eight games will be played next weekend in London.

The Buccaneers currently lead the Panthers, 7-0.

UPDATE:  The guys at report that the upper deck is empty and that 20,000 seats are empty, citing Justin Pawlowski of WDAE radio.

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13 Responses to “Tampa "sellout" includes up to 15,000 empty seats”
  1. TBTrojan says: Oct 18, 2009 1:30 PM

    Shouldn’t that read “fans disguised as empty seats” instead of whatyou said, which makes zero sense.

  2. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Oct 18, 2009 1:32 PM

    The Cadillac……………………………………….. is back.

  3. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 18, 2009 1:50 PM

    As someone living in the Tampa area, all I can say is……thanks dickheads.
    This is MUCH better than watching a good game.

  4. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Oct 18, 2009 1:53 PM

    Honorary Italian DeAngelo Williams has a TD for the CP.

  5. bearsrule says: Oct 18, 2009 1:57 PM

    ” Empty seats disguised as fans” ? You’ve got it backwards bro-ham. Your version makes no sense.

  6. slipkid says: Oct 18, 2009 2:08 PM

    Someone tell jax how tampa got away with it…

  7. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 18, 2009 3:12 PM

    Get ready for the Los Angeles Buccaneers.
    Running of a franchise into the ground= plans to move.

  8. emoser says: Oct 18, 2009 3:19 PM

    ” Shouldn’t that read “fans disguised as empty seats” instead of whatyou said, which makes zero sense.
    Empty seats disguised as fans ? You’ve got it backwards bro-ham. Your version makes no sense.
    You’re both idiots. Why would they try to have fans who are in attendance look like empty seats? They set it up so it looks like a full stadium (which would involve it looking like a fan was in each seat) rather than one with 20,000 empty seats.

  9. jakethesnake says: Oct 18, 2009 4:50 PM

    emoser – you’re the idiot – the fact is the empty seats in Tampa look – like – empty – seats, not fans…
    Even JoeBucsFan corrected Florio, without actually pointing out his misuse of a common phrase…

  10. Mark0226 says: Oct 18, 2009 5:07 PM

    But, earlier in the week, in an article about the Chargers struggling to sell out, you stated that the winless Bucs EASILY sold out. Shenanigans.

  11. Okey says: Oct 18, 2009 6:06 PM

    What is the biggest surprise is that anyone spent money to see them. They are atrocious this season!

  12. notsosmart says: Oct 18, 2009 6:55 PM

    I hear the reason Raheem will not play Josh Freeman is if and when Freeman fails both Raheem and GM Dominick will be out of jobs! Like everything else Raheem and Dominick put there hands on has failed, how would it look that there number one draft pick would fail as well?

  13. emoser says: Oct 18, 2009 7:59 PM

    jakethesnake, I understand that you may think you know what he was trying to say, but trust me… you’re wrong.

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