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Bucs to cut prices on 80 percent of seats

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Recognizing the basic economic principles of supply and demand, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be cutting prices for 80 percent of the seats at Raymond James Stadium in 2012, according to Stephen F. Holder of the St. Petersburg Times.

The Bucs have had trouble filling the 65,000-seat stadium since 2009.  That year, the Glazer family apparently bought up all unsold non-premium seats at 34 cents on the dollar in order to ensure that all homes games would be televised locally.  Since then, only one blackout has been lifted, earlier this year when the Buccaneers hosted the Colts on a Monday night.

Holder points out that a September 25 game against the Falcons drew only 46,995 attendees.

A Saturday night game against the Cowboys next month also has been sold out, undoubtedly due to the prevalence of Dallas fans in every corner of the country.

Several cities have been struggling to sell out NFL stadiums lately.  In Cincinnati, San Diego, Oakland (before they started winning), Jacksonville, and Miami, it’s a constant challenge to get blackouts lifted.

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17 Responses to “Bucs to cut prices on 80 percent of seats”
  1. leftcoastnative says: Nov 24, 2011 10:49 AM

    The public finally is wising up and realizing it is better to stay in the comfort of their own homes and have a broad selection of games through a variety of more economical channel selections on cable rather than pay through the nose to see a mediocre game with hours of dead time between plays.

    Additionally, consider the additional money drain and financial burden for parking, concessions, etc.

    You can pay the mortgage for two months for what it costs to go to one NFL game.

    Priorities with family and shelter logically have to win out despite the NFL PR machine hyping a league other than Green Bay and San Francisco that is playing average football at best.

  2. msminutemen says: Nov 24, 2011 10:54 AM

    LA Buccaneers?

  3. R8RBOB says: Nov 24, 2011 10:58 AM

    ‘Bout time PFT come to realize that many just don’t have that disposable income to shell out to watch a football game. It is a shame that the NFL continues to practice a old 20th century trick in the 21st century but to the league it will always be about the money.

  4. frodekippe says: Nov 24, 2011 11:07 AM

    London Buccaneers FTW!

    We’d sell out Wembley every week in the UK!

  5. thridandlong says: Nov 24, 2011 11:08 AM

    Now if only OPEC could figure this out.

    Nice job Buc’s !

    Arthur Blank, owner of the Falcons went to the Atlanta fans and asked them how he could help his team. Fans said lower ticket prices. HE did and ever since, consecutive sell-outs andthe Falcons have been a success on the field and with his fan base too.

    Why is this so hard to figure ?

  6. seneca1ss says: Nov 24, 2011 11:15 AM

    No one in the entire Tampa Bay area likes the Glazer Family
    (in my opinion)

  7. mondzy805 says: Nov 24, 2011 11:28 AM

    When your team is not going to the playoffs, you do what you must, to sell seats.

  8. joetoronto says: Nov 24, 2011 11:37 AM


    Great post.

    I really think more and more people will indeed stay home as time goes on, and I’m sure the NFL knows this.

    It’ll be interesting to see what their plan is going forward.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Nov 24, 2011 11:51 AM

    They wouldn’t need to do that if they didn’t have a bunch of bandwagon fans. Atleast they have something in common with the Chargers.

  10. ppc50 says: Nov 24, 2011 12:05 PM

    They should give the tickets that aren’t as “desirable” to schools and after-school programs as incentive to get good grades, good behavior, etc. The Glazers may even qualify for a write-off as well.

  11. udtfrogmanvet says: Nov 24, 2011 12:16 PM

    Jacksonville?! Really?! C’mon man!

  12. 1captain1 says: Nov 24, 2011 12:24 PM

    The poor bums in Tampa Bay can’t go to a game… boo hoo.

    Pack up and move! Any city whose retard citizens can’t go to the game SHOULD NOT have an NFL Team!

  13. db105 says: Nov 24, 2011 12:24 PM

    Business 101 of supply and demand. Demand drops then prices will drop. Tampa Bay isn’t the only team that will have to drop their ticket prices.

  14. jimmysee says: Nov 24, 2011 12:25 PM

    The cost of attending an NFL game borders on extortion.

    Beyond high ticket prices are thievery parking and rip-off concessions.

    In today’s economy, that money is way better applied to necessities… or even a new HDTV big screen.

  15. abninf says: Nov 24, 2011 1:18 PM

    “A Saturday night game against the Cowboys next month also has been sold out, undoubtedly due to the prevalence of Dallas fans in every corner of the country.”

    Yeah what’s up. America’s Team.

  16. donnasaurus says: Nov 24, 2011 1:49 PM

    Bucs management did the right thing. Help out the fans. Now if they could only put a good product on the field on a consistent basis.

    Realistically, only a handful of teams can legitimately (butts in the seats) sell out every week, win or loss. It has nothing to do with being a bandwagon fan. It’s economics, and if you can afford to throw away a $100 or more per person for every game, then that’s great for you. Don’t judge all fans by your priority.

  17. tbf22 says: Nov 25, 2011 6:36 PM

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d rather go to an NFL Game than watch it on TV. It’s a different game live. Something TV just can’t replicate.

    If you are a real Fan then you will sit on the 50 (stadium level makes no difference) and enjoy watching the WRs work down field (something you can’t see on TV…) and really appreciate the entirety of football, and not just watching the QB like they show you on TV.

    I’ve been to games that cost me a total of $100 for 3 people… It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to go to games… (in some location it does… you can’t find tickets in GB, PIT, etc for less than $200 lol)

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