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Bucs’ decision to cut food prices not aimed at selling tickets

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As it turns out, the decision of the Buccaneers to cut the prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages by 50 percent for the Week One game against the Lions has nothing to do with enticing more people to come to the game, even if it should.  Instead, the Bucs are trying to make amends for a Thursday night clusterfudge that occurred due to the food vendor at Raymond James Stadium, Levy Restaurants.

Per the Tampa Tribune, Levy Restaurants ran out of food by halftime.  There were also issues with long lines and credit-card machines and food not being properly prepared.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take our fans’ stadium experience very seriously,” Buccaneers director of communication Jonathan Grella told the Tribune. “We would like to apologize to all fans who attended Thursday’s game for the concession service issues throughout the stadium.”

Still, if cheaper food and non-booze drink ends up getting more people into the stadium, maybe the Bucs and other teams will realize that tickets aren’t the only thing that cost too much.

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13 Responses to “Bucs’ decision to cut food prices not aimed at selling tickets”
  1. MagDaddy says: Aug 20, 2011 1:50 PM

    ” cut food the prices ”

    Its never ceases to amaze me how pathetic the spelling on this website is, there is no care in doing even minimal checking of the grammar or spelling. What amazes me even more is NBC would buy this site with no real editors for it.

  2. grudenthediva says: Aug 20, 2011 1:58 PM

    They need to realize that free soda refills for season ticket holders are nice but making bottled water lower than $6-8 would earn them more money in the long run. They’d sell them hand over fist from September to…okay, all season (its friggin 100+ the first few games), if they had water at even a fraction of that cost.

  3. rolandsloan says: Aug 20, 2011 1:59 PM

    “Clusterfudge”?!?
    Gunny Hightower be rollin’. Classic!

  4. travispeters1 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:27 PM

    It must be cuz’ the food sucks.

  5. Ick McWang says: Aug 20, 2011 3:26 PM

    I was there. They were out of beer in most of the concession stands before the first quarter even ended. By halftime, you couldn’t even find a bottle of water without waiting in line for a half hour, and in some instances, people were waiting in line, not knowing the concession stand they were in line for was out of food. The computer systems crashed, leaving the counter people to do math in their heads when figuring out the prices, and of course that was a clusterfudge.

    I’ve been to a lot of sporting events, concerts, festivals, etc, and this is hands down, the biggest f***-up I have ever witnessed.

  6. seneca1ss says: Aug 20, 2011 3:35 PM

    I’m the 1st to bash the Glazer Family but they did the right thing here and acted quickly and will save people $

  7. shooteyshoots says: Aug 20, 2011 3:46 PM

    no wonder they can’t sell out its 90 degrees and you can’t get a drink

  8. 504in860 says: Aug 20, 2011 5:36 PM

    MagDaddy says:
    Aug 20, 2011 1:50 PM
    ” cut food the prices ”

    Its never ceases to amaze me how pathetic the spelling on this website is, there is no care in doing even minimal checking of the grammar or spelling. What amazes me even more is NBC would buy this site with no real editors for it.
    —————————————————

    Of course I could point out that your first few words should be “IT never ceases to amaze me” instead of “ITS.”

  9. bucwild05 says: Aug 20, 2011 6:40 PM

    MagDaddy says:

    “Its never ceases to amaze me how pathetic the spelling on this website is, there is no care in doing even minimal checking of the grammar or spelling. What amazes me even more is NBC would buy this site with no real editors for it.”

    BucWild05 will now correct it for you.

    It never ceases to amaze me how pathetic the spelling on this website is. There isn’t any care in doing even minimal checking of the grammar or spelling. What amazes me even more is, (you need a comma here) NBC would purchase this site without real editors for it.

    Sounds a little better this way, however, if you don’t like this site, and do not like the way they write on it, I have a suggestion…… STOP READING IT!

    I enjoy this site. So they mis-spell a word, and tend to slip up a little bit. The story still gets out there, and it’s still readable.

    THANK YOU PFT. I enjoy this site, and visit this site more than any other site on the web.

  10. irishjackmp says: Aug 20, 2011 9:30 PM

    Mike, you never seem to miss an opportunity to be generous with other people’s money.

    So you think the Bucs should cut food prices. How generous of you to volunteer them to cut their revenue. And I’m sure you’d be willing to cut your ad rates if the Bucs told you they “cost too much” even if you were still selling ads briskly, right?

    Teams set food prices at a level where they think they can maximize revenue. It’s called a pricepoint. There isn’t anything exotic about it. We all learned about it in 10th grade economics. It’s what just about every company does in the private sector (including PFT)

    If you don’t like the prices, don’t buy anything. If someone can’t go three hours without eating there really is a problem.

    Nobody likes paying high prices at the game (I know I don’t) but we are all adults capable of weighing the pros (I’ll eat now and am willing to pay more) vs the cons (I’ll wait until I get home to eat and save some money) but I am rapidly getting tired of so many people who just feel like they should be given a product at a below market price simple because they want it.

  11. Soulman45 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:40 PM

    How can they win a game they need to learn how to make a HOT DOG.

  12. urlacher2000 says: Aug 21, 2011 12:25 AM

    I remember a Bear’s Preseason game that was over 100 heat index. They ran out of water. People were literally collapsing in the concourses. Also remember my friend getting so mad because they wouldn’t sell him a cup of ice (for his pregnant wife). They said, “they inventory the cups.” He said, “I understand that. I’m willing to pay for a soda, but I only want ice……no drink.” They said, “We can’t do that.”

  13. dumlionsfan says: Aug 21, 2011 2:23 AM

    First off, bucwild05 is exactly right and I love the way he slapped down MagDaddy, I truly enjoy PFT and it’s one of my favorite sites. My opinion on the Raymond James Stadium fiasco is that if they can’t handle a venue that large than they need to be replaced!!! The Glazers need to focus on real football and quit trying to make profits on the cheap!!!

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