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Greg Schiano tells Bucs fans: We need your help

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The Buccaneers are far from selling out Sunday’s opener against the Panthers, and coach Greg Schiano is asking the local fans to get behind the team.

Schiano said at his press conference today that he believes Raymond James Stadium can provide the Buccaneers with a big home-field advantage, if the stadium is full.

“We’re going to do things the right way on and off the field and I think that’s what this area wants,” Schiano said. “That’s the kind of team they want. We’re going to play good football, so we need your help. That can be — and has been — an awesome home-field advantage, that stadium, when it’s packed. The heat, the elements, and the fans — that’s what makes for a home-field advantage. We all want the same thing. At the end of the day we all want championships, and we can all be a part of it.”

The Buccaneers are attempting to lure more fans to the stadium with everything from free Wi-Fi to showing more replays on stadium video boards to hiring more customer service employees. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working. Schiano may have to build a consistent winner in Tampa before he gets the help from the home fans that he seeks.

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  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    It’s funny because if Raheem was still coach and not Schiano, they’d probably be 20,000 seats short of a sellout. Schiano has done very well to energize the fanbase, but Florida’s economy still sucks royally.

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 5, 2012 3:26 PM

    If I were a follower of that team, I’d demand free parking and cheaper prices at the concession stands…and pay for my gas. Do that, I’d go.

  3. dmartin17 says: Sep 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    If only the NFL had given them a chance to make it easier to get a sellout… if only!!

  4. broncobeta says: Sep 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    Seriously Buc fans, go to the games.

  5. rj88888 says: Sep 5, 2012 3:30 PM

    Try mounting a winning streak .

  6. skinsfan5 says: Sep 5, 2012 3:31 PM

    Good luck with that Coach. I moved to the Tampa area a few years ago and it’s too stinkin’ hot to do anything outside about 9 months of the year.

  7. houseofbacon says: Sep 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    A lot of fans here in the Bay area are working under a ‘wait and see’ approach. 10 straight loses can do a lot to diminish your interest. Worse yet, 10 straight loses in which 90% of your team wasn’t even trying to compete… that won’t leave you salivating for week 1 tickets.

    Are they doing the right thing? Yup. Good offseason? Totally, one of the better ones in the league. Just, let me watch them NOT be awful on tv for a game or two first.

  8. rmzthefirst says: Sep 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    Schiano may have to build a consistent winner in Tampa before he gets the help from the home fans that he seeks.
    LOL……!

  9. derrico2 says: Sep 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Wow, I’m from Toronto and going to a Bucs game this season. Why can’t you Buc fans who live less than a 24 hour drive away go??

  10. goodolebaghead says: Sep 5, 2012 3:46 PM

    I’m from FL, and used to live down in Orlando which is right next to Tampa. No one there was born there. Tampa/Orlando areas are major transplant cities. They’d be better off asking the fans of the visiting teams to help buy tickets, because there just aren’t that many Bucs fans in FL, same with Jacksonville.

  11. bigdawg24 says: Sep 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    Go back to the old Orange uniforms and helmets!! That would be cool! Loose the pewter.

  12. willyalistentothis says: Sep 5, 2012 3:50 PM

    Rumor has it that as a ploy to draw fans, the Bucs are bringing back George Yarno to try PATs.

  13. rcali says: Sep 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    Woo Hoo! Schiano is providing free tickets, parking, and refreshments! Now that is great guy.

  14. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Sep 5, 2012 3:58 PM

    Lower prices, demand rises. GENIUS!

  15. cincinnasti says: Sep 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 5, 2012 3:26 PM

    If I were a follower of that team, I’d demand free parking and cheaper prices at the concession stands…and pay for my gas. Do that, I’d go.

    ________
    They already have the CHEAPEST tickets in the entire NFL. How much more do you want? Shoot the way your talking you want it to be as cheap as a High School game. I think anyone in there right mind would go to an NFL game if that was the case.

  16. arzcardinals says: Sep 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    Reality is there are more fans that don’t go to games than those that do.

    remove all home games from TV and you’ll see a spike in attendance.

  17. iamcline says: Sep 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    Why do Buc fans continue to blame the economy? If you want to keep your team, go buy a ticket. The economy sucks everywhere, and everywhere else sells out games.

  18. vino1647 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:13 PM

    Got my ticket on Monday can’t wait to see the new look buccaneers and cam newton……I’m a cowboys fan but love the game.

  19. thedownwardspiral says: Sep 5, 2012 4:16 PM

    “The Buccaneers are attempting to lure more fans to the stadium with everything from free Wi-Fi to showing more replays on stadium video boards to hiring more customer service employees.”

    Lol! Anything to distract from the terrible product on the field.

    And don’t give me the crap about the economy. The economy is terrible everywhere in the U.S. Philly, Cleveland, Cincy, New Orleans? All hurting for one reason or another and you don’t hear them having to beg fans to get to their stadium. The NFL is at an all-time high in terms of popularity and the Bucs can’t sell out a game?

    Give London or a city that DESERVES a team a chance…

  20. vino1647 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    Got my tickets can’t wait to see the new look buccaneers and cam newton ……….and I’m a cowboys fan lol really buccaneers fans REALLY?????

  21. tampabayirish says: Sep 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    Tampa will always be a divided city between the home team and the team from where a person originated from. (i.e lots of Lions, Bills, Giants/Jets, Browns, Eagles, Pats etc. fans now live in Florida because of jobs and retirement). Tampa is also an “event town.” When Buccaneer games were “an event” they sold out every ticket to every game in less than an hour. The Tampa Bay area also continues to suffer more in the current recession than the nation as a whole. And finally the in stadium “experience” is less than pleasant (think purgatory) in the September heat. At least this game kicks off at 4:25pm.

  22. sullijo1 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:23 PM

    HD TVs, Fantasy Football, NFL Sunday Ticket, a terrible economy, and ridiculous beer prices have made it a better experience for many to stay at home.

    The NFL is becoming a “Studio Sport” with a live audience….it’s a shame.

  23. buchopeful says: Sep 5, 2012 4:23 PM

    It’ll happen coach, don’t listen to these knuckleheads, build it..they will come.

  24. pewterpiratetampabayray says: Sep 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    What Tampabayirish said……………..I am a diehard Bucs fan that live in Tampa and have season tickets. I don’t know many that are like me in the area. Hell, look at the sampling even here. “Skinsfan5″ lives in Tampa and hes a redskins fan. “Vino1647″ lives in Tampa and is a Cowboys fan. If you go out in public on Sunday it looks like your at the freakin Pro Bowl with all the different jerseys.

  25. nickster31 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:30 PM

    How did that old Al Jolsen song go?

    “California here I come”

    If you don’t support your team, don’t complain when they take that new stadium in LA.

  26. vino1647 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:34 PM

    @Arzcardinal they did remove all home games here in Tampa for the last 2 years do to the blackout rule so they only get the 8 away games , so ya it happened already lol.

  27. ralphnkc says: Sep 5, 2012 4:47 PM

    cincinnasti , NO Tampa does NOT have the cheapest tickets in the NFL. KC has season seats that are $25!!
    And even those are not sold out!
    Until the economy improves there will be empty seats at most stadiums. Hopefully we get a change this fall and things will start to look up! And maybe with the replacement refs, we will have even more to cheer/jeer for!! haha

  28. bluefan204 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:15 PM

    Sorry Coach, but if you were looking for fan support, you took the wrong job. They only care about your team when you win, and until that happens, they’ll keep lugging around the same old bag of excuses about why they wont go to the games.

    The entire United States is dealing with the bad economy, and yet, just about every other stadium is full. They know what it means to be a true fan. Bucs fans? Pffft….they have “better things to do” while they wait for a “good product” to show up on the field

    Thats the difference between a real fan and a frontrunning bunch of clowns

  29. yinzgotsix says: Sep 5, 2012 5:16 PM

    None of the 3 cities in Florida that currently have an NFL team deserve one. Weak fans afraid of heat. Would you rather sit in freezing temps with unbearable wind gusts. You don’t realize how nice you got it down there once November hits.

  30. ballboy48 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:18 PM

    The excuse that the Florida economy sucks is overplayed! I live in Florida, and the problem isn’t the economy, it’s the fair weather fans that live here, and people from other places that have relocated here, that are fans of other teams!

    It’s pathetic that the Bucs still have 9,000 tickets to sell, just to get to the 85% blackout rule they employed this year! That means there really will be about 20,000 empty seats!

  31. otown32806 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:26 PM

    Orlando would be a perfect fit for the bucs!! The nfl in Orlando would work a lot better than Jacksonville or Tampa. They are renovating the citrus bowl making more of an nfl ready stadium. I grew up in dc where the redskins rule I have the same feeling that can be Orlando. It would be great for the city and would be nice to have another sports team besides the magic. Orlando is the city beautiful sorry la!! You had your chance

  32. malkinrulez says: Sep 5, 2012 5:37 PM

    Yinzgotsix as a guy who has been to numerous games at lambeau in dec and ray jay in sept , the heat is worse, in the cold u just wear more clothes. As a Bucs fan who lives out of state the apathy the people of Tampa has for the Bucs annoys me. The excuses have grown old, ownership has done everything they can and people still not going to see a game against a division rival.If you’re a Bucs fan in Tampa go support the boys! Go Bucs! No more excuses , do your part!

  33. bunjy96 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:41 PM

    Anyone know the exact number of non premium tickets that have to be sold to avoid a blackout in Tampa?

    Think the capacity is about 68,000 counting all seats.

    Anyone have the exact numbers?

  34. kmaddy17 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:00 PM

    The fans here are pathetic… I am a die hard Bucs fan. I just relocated here from Joplin, Mo and before I found a place to live, my wife and I bought season tix! They are just a bunch of fair weather fans… It’s sad! It’s not too hot, economy isn’t the issue, tix are reasonably priced… They just need to support their team or I may fear they will break their lease and relocate. Anyways.. I will be their Sunday and every Fn Sunday for that matter! Rain or shine! Go Bucs! #BucsNATION

  35. granadafan says: Sep 5, 2012 6:12 PM

    Lower.the.prices. Stop the gimmicks like Wifi or replays. Make it affordable to go to the game, park, and have food/drinks.

  36. nivekohgr says: Sep 5, 2012 6:19 PM

    It’s very simple Bucs ownership. Parking free. And everytime you give up 200 yards rushing we get free beer. Screw it. Put the tickets back up to regular price. And everytime the bucs lose at home next home game is open bar. Present you stub from last game for your open bar bracelet. Sell out like a boss.

  37. texasbuc30 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:20 PM

    I’m a die-hard fan and have been for 20 years. I’m driving 5 hours to see them in Dallas, and 9 hours to see them in Denver in December. Show up week one people.

  38. EJ says: Sep 5, 2012 6:23 PM

    The Buccaneers are attempting to lure more fans to the stadium with everything from free Wi-Fi to showing more replays on stadium video boards to hiring more customer service employees.

    Why doesn’t the NFL as a whole, all 32 teams lower their ticket prices. You want to bring in the fans to pack out the stadium? Lower the ticket prices! I’m not talking about a few lousy dollars, lower them 40-50%, the NFL makes it all back on beer, food and merchandise anyway. Why not lure more fans in and have them spend their cash on all of your super marked up concession stands? The average NFL fan cannot afford season tickets, so most of them only go to 1-2 games a season and watch the rest on their 70in. plasma TV’s, sitting in their lounge chairs, eating and drinking in comfort. Its a no-brainer, you lower the prices, they will come.

  39. bigdawgy54 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:24 PM

    The Florida economy has been slammed. Many people do not know that….are you ready for this?…..1 in every 5 homes in Florida is literally sitting empty/vacant! That’s 20% of the homes in Florida sitting with nobody in them! 20% sitting in decay! Many neighborhoods look horrible. That doesn’t include the foreclosures that still have people in their houses.
    I think the avereage family income for the Tampa area is around $25,000+ dollars per year. That’s per household! This is not an area for good jobs. Florida is not a state for overall good jobs. It’s a tourist state. Those that can afford the prices of an NFL game are an extreme minority. $30 bucks (cheap tickets) to someone unemployed or who has had their hours cut is a lot of money.
    I believe that Florida and Nevada are considered the two hardest hit states. It’s going to be years for a Florida recovery. Years!
    Yes! The economy is an issue with NFL attendance in Florida. The college stadiums are filled with students, alumni that return regularly, and even fly in from out of state for games. Those sitting in the college stadiums are not your typical Florida residents.
    Attendance is going to continue to be a Florida problem for the NFL.

  40. tjigger says: Sep 5, 2012 6:27 PM

    On 620 am in Tampa they said the sellout was in the 42-43,000 range.

  41. yesimabillsfan says: Sep 5, 2012 6:40 PM

    Rep ur team and b Thankful u hav 1

  42. frustratedbucsfan says: Sep 5, 2012 7:00 PM

    Plane ticket to florida for family of 4 $1500
    Tickets to the game for 4 $500-$800
    Hotel room for 1 night $150-$200
    Restaurants for 2 days $350
    Car rental 2 days $100-$200
    Parking at game $30-$50
    Do the math. Been a bucs fan for 19 years. This
    Is why. I get direct tv. And watch all games
    And buy merchandise, but can’t afford to take my
    Family (wife and 2 kids) to a game. I am sure there
    Are even more hidden expenses that i have not
    Thought of so please dont get on bucs fans for not
    Going to the games that are out of the state of Florida.
    I would absolutely love it to be an hour from the stadium.
    I would be a season ticket holder. I do wish the people who lived close to the stadium would do more because the Bucs are definately making an effort and i am really excited for this year. GO BUCS!!!

  43. bluefan204 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:14 PM

    frustratedbucsfan says: Sep 5, 2012 7:00 PM

    I am sure there
    Are even more hidden expenses that i have not
    Thought of so please dont get on bucs fans for not
    Going to the games that are out of the state of Florida.

    We’re talking about the Bucs’ HOME OPENER and their other 7 HOME GAMES that will almost definitely be blacked out. Pay attention.

    bigdawgy54 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:24 PM

    Attendance is going to continue to be a Florida problem for the NFL.

    Until the playoffs start, and then, suddenly, they all have money for tickets, beer/food, parking, gas, new shirts/jerseys…

    I live in Tampa. You’re full of crap, and you’ve wasted everyones time with the most oft-used excuse for Tampa sports fans across the board. The economy sucks EVERYWHERE, and yet, other NFL/MLB/NHL stadiums in other cities are full, or close to full, for every game. Why can they do it, but Tampa fans wont? Oh yeah, they’re saving their money for playoff games…

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