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Bucs still looking for ways to sell tickets

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The decision of the Buccaneers to drop the minimum requirement of non-premium ticket sales from 100 percent to 85 doesn’t mean that they’ll sell 85 percent of the non-premium tickets.

But at least they’re trying.

The team’s efforts to entice more people to attend games include a half-season plan for season tickets, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  The Red Plan includes tickets to the Titans game in the preseason and the Panthers, Redskins, Saints, and Chargers in the regular season.  The Pewter Plan has tickets to the Patriots game in the preseason and the Chiefs, Falcons, Eagles, and Rams in the regular season.

So why not simply buy single-game tickets?  The prices are lower if you buy in bulk — even though 20 percent of the bulk necessarily constitutes preseason bunk.

The effort to get the stadium full (or at least 85-percent full) includes free parking in select lots for Week One and 50-percent price cuts on concessions.

Though the local economy apparently has contributed to 13 blackouts in 15 games, the reduction in the minimum from 100 to 85 percent will increase the local expectation that the one local business that definitely is recession proof will cut a check, at 34 cents on the dollar, to get to the 85-percent minimum and to in turn get the games on local TV.

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11 Responses to “Bucs still looking for ways to sell tickets”
  1. buckhuckster says: Aug 14, 2012 11:55 AM

    Here’s a crazy thought:

    How about winning a few games.

  2. mrgroovesd says: Aug 14, 2012 12:13 PM

    Glad they’re polarizing the Bucs can’t sell tickets. It’s not just a city thing for the Chargers, same issue is going on here. The only reason why the Jags aren’t being talked about blackouts is because their former owner bought those tickets to sell out the game. It’s not just a CA teams thing, it’s also a Fla teams thing also.

  3. tyelee says: Aug 14, 2012 12:23 PM

    Winning games would be a huge help in solving this dilemma…. The Bucs have brought in what seems to be good players so if Freeman truly IS a franchise QB then they should win and sell tickets… If Freeman proves he is NOT then they will continue to lose and play in front of empty seats!…..

    People can say all they want about someone but if that someone doesn’t produce at that level then all it accomplishes is making the ones who put their faith in them look foolish…. Debates end when facts are proven!… This should be the year either way.

  4. ihateravens says: Aug 14, 2012 12:25 PM

    This city has fair weather fans – ask the Rays

    Too many strip bars are competing for this business.

  5. nunpuncher says: Aug 14, 2012 12:28 PM

    If the economy is the issue then why are the 2 bottom levels of the stadium full and the 3rd level is 85% vacant that has the cheap seats?

  6. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Aug 14, 2012 12:30 PM

    Our area has been hit harder by the recession than any other city/region not named Detroit. The real unemployment rate is above 20%, which essentially puts us in a depression.

    There are certainly plenty of “fans” who are not struggling and simply don’t care, and those people are unfortunately quite common down here. There are also a lot of transplants as well. But with that being said, there are a lot of people who would like to go to games but simply find the overall package(game, parking, food, experience, etc) to be too expensive. The Lightning currently have by far the strongest fan base in the area, not because Florida is a hockey haven(obviously), but because the team has done a tremendous job of marketing and reaching out to fans.

    The Bucs, on the other hand, have easily been the worst at this. At times it seemed like the Glazers forgot they even owned the team. So while winning is obviously the most important piece of the solution, this attempt to finally reach out to the fans and help entice people to come out and attend games is huge. That effort simply hasn’t been there for a while, so this step is bigger than many may realize. Hopefully it will have an immediate effect.

  7. tpa43 says: Aug 14, 2012 12:31 PM

    The only way is for the NFL to force Glazer to sell. It’s a mess because he is too old to run it and told his kids to handle it.

  8. lonespeed says: Aug 14, 2012 12:42 PM

    Four tickets for a family of four in the nose-bleed seats, $350. Concessions for the family, $50. Cost for parking, $30. Total sub-par experience for a family of four, probably around $500.

    Price to watch any game in HDTV surround sound, cook or purchase your own food from home, not having beer thrown on you by an abnoxious home-team fan if you wear a jersey from the opposing team, not subjecting your children to a bunch of vulgarity, not wasting your entire day traveling to and from said game…..well, you get the point.

    Why go anymore. Maybe once every couple years, but season ticket holders are suckers in my opinion.

  9. brianmath1 says: Aug 14, 2012 12:52 PM

    The city sucks all fair weather fans , trust me I am living in this hell hole! first two months who wants to sit in hundred dagree weather and bake in this brutal sun …not me !

  10. professorcolumbus says: Aug 14, 2012 1:05 PM

    first of all, I am begging to moderators to please for once allow my comments directed at another user to go through. If you let ‘brianmath1′s comment through, then you should let this one

    @brianmath1

    Then MOVE if it is such a hellhole! The worst thing about Tampa is how many people come here from up north and then talk about how much better up north is. I have lived here all my life. My mom and my grandma have lived here all their lives. It used to be a great little city. But this “hellhole” as you put is has become too overpopulated by miserable people who come down here and bash the place they should be calling home. It is a problem across the state, but Tampa in particular.
    As for the Bucs, it is going to take a few years for the Glazers to re-earn the trust of the community after years of taking us for granted. And ‘tpa43,” Malcolm Glazer NEVER ran the team. Bryan and Joel have primarily run the team since they bought it in the 90′s.

  11. dolphinsrule65 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:56 PM

    Bucs/Fins/Jags all have the same problem:
    None of us have been any good the last 10years +-
    Win and the fans will come back.
    The issue is, seating in any one of the stadiums in Sept and October is hell….it is so hot you can barely stand up and cheer/clap. For those of you who have never had the “pleasure” of experincing it, it will reach 115 degrees in those stadiums with the sun baking you at the same time, not fun.

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