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Empty seats continue to plague the Bucs


Although the Buccaneers have promised that none of this year’s home games will be blacked out on local television, they’re a long way from filling their stadium.

For Thursday night’s loss to the Panthers, the Buccaners listed their paid attendance as 59,073, according to the Tampa Bay Times. But the Tampa Sports Authority said only 47,751 people actually went through the turnstiles.

The NFL Record and Fact Book lists the capacity of Raymond James Stadium as 65,908, so there were more than 18,000 empty seats at the stadium on Thursday night.

And, of course, the fans who are in the stands are not enjoying themselves, unless they’re masochists. The Bucs are 0-7, and the fans in attendance are increasingly calling for coach Greg Schiano’s head.

The Glazer family that owns the team doesn’t have to listen to the fans who want Schiano fired. But the Glazers surely will listen to the fans who aren’t buying tickets at all. No NFL owner wants to leave potential ticket revenue on the table, and for Schiano’s job security, playing in front of empty seats may be worse than playing in front of fans who want him to be fired.

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36 Responses to “Empty seats continue to plague the Bucs”
  1. fumblenuts says: Oct 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    Toes on the Line!!!

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 26, 2013 12:57 PM

    Thank God I root for a real franchise. #HTTR

  3. commonsensedude says: Oct 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    As a Skins fan, I used to complain about Dan Snyder. But compared to the Glazers, I’d rather have Snyder, his evil twin and and some crazy Snyder uncle owning my favorite team than the Glazer brothers. They seem like they are cheap and just don’t care.

  4. backdapack4evr says: Oct 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    Sounds like the fans CAN do something about the losses and the coach

  5. jaxdolfan says: Oct 26, 2013 1:01 PM

    He should be fired. He lost the team, the city and the fans.

    Doesn’t matter if he is a good coach or not, once you lose those things, you need to go.

    Ask Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin….not that this guy resembles either of those men.

  6. bucdale says: Oct 26, 2013 1:01 PM

    Great sign that flashed on the NLLN pregame:

    Hey Glazers…. Show no MRSA…. Fire SCHIANO!

  7. kingbuccaneer says: Oct 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    Well, if you have followed our Yucs at all this year, what did you expect? Sellouts? Not even the mighty Green Bay and their fans (that clearly invented the game) would manage a sellout under these conditions. Before the start of training camp, they were selling season tickets at a (team) record pace.

  8. domeunit says: Oct 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    Empty seats plague the Bucs due to a terrible coach, horrible management, and an owner who doesn’t care about the product on the field. The Glazers make money off of profit sharing in the NFL, as well as Manchester United. I feel bad for Bucs fans, they could have a good product but the front office/owner are complete jokes.

  9. dalcow4 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    But.. but… Greg Schiano says that fans cannot fix anything.

    Looks like they are helping to get this team fixed.

  10. thehuckster404 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:26 PM

    The empty seat problem is easily solved. Bring in the Tebow.

    Developing and maintaining a competitive franchise? No easy answers there, Tampa fans.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    All the chatter and conjecture mean nothing to owners. Empty seats is what gets you fired.

  12. floridascuba1 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    On paper, bucs shouldn’t suck this bad. They have talent on both sides. But the coach lost the team. So they are doomed until he is gone. They should go after lovie smith now.

  13. floridascuba1 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    Or make a run for bill cowher.

  14. hansenbrothers says: Oct 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    Actually Queen buccaneer, Lambeau sells out even when the packers are terrible, which has been rare as of late

  15. bcajun says: Oct 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    The suc-aneers!! Lmfao….JOKES…enjoy the bottom with the falcants

  16. backdapack4evr says: Oct 26, 2013 2:14 PM

    This guy makes Rex Ryan look good!!

  17. backdapack4evr says: Oct 26, 2013 2:20 PM

    Even the bucs won a Super Bowl!!
    Sorry Vikes fans
    Until you can say that just keep quiet!

  18. ravensrooster94 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:28 PM

    I think this hints at a deeper problem and that’s the issue of fan attendance, in general, at all professional sports events in the state of Florida.

    No professional football team based in Florida draws well. A few weeks ago when the Ravens played the Dolphins, the stadium was at least 30% purple with plenty of empty seats in the upper deck. Jacksonville blocked off upper deck seats years ago. Tampa Bay’s attendance problems are well documented.

    In baseball, one of the best teams in MLB, the Rays, plays routinely in front of 10,000. The Marlins built a new stadium with taxpayer money that no one attends.

    And can someone tell me why there are 2 (TWO) ice hockey teams in Florida??

    I think the fact that Florida is a destination state full of destination cities and expatriates from other parts of the country makes it impossible to build a large, loyal fan base.

  19. cavredleg15 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:39 PM

    47,751 at Raymond James Stadium and another 18,820 at the TBT Forum for the Lightning game. Considering how many people that choose to live in this area and still hold onto the teams of cities they chose to leave I’m ok with the fan turn out. Everyone likes to laugh and point at the Tampa Bay area yet so many people keep moving here.

  20. onbucky96 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:48 PM

    MRSA and Buccaneers Football! Slowly killing Floridians, 60 minutes at a time.

  21. fordmandalay says: Oct 26, 2013 2:50 PM

    Wow I’ve been watching football a long time and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team implode so quickly and completely before. From a dangerous up-and-coming young team on the verge of SB contention, to 0-7 and a complete trainwreck at every aspect on the field in just a year or so. Pretty amazing.

  22. peehergriphon says: Oct 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    Wondet what Revis and Goldson are thinking after going for $$.

  23. TheWizard says: Oct 26, 2013 3:11 PM

    How is everyone so sure the coach has lost the team, other than to parrot what the media is inferring?

    The word of one player that’s no longer in town? No bias there.

  24. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 26, 2013 3:25 PM

    It’s the evil Mevis that has ruined ya’ll…

  25. peed1 says: Oct 26, 2013 3:26 PM

    Amazing that 47000 showed up. When they were decent the fans showed up. You cannot get emotionally invested in this train wreck.

  26. kingbuccaneer says: Oct 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    Hey chris Hansen’s perverted brother, I guarantee Lambeau would be just as empty as Ray J if they were in our situation.

    Thanks for proving my point on GB’s arrogant fan base.

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 26, 2013 3:42 PM

    Then the fans should bond together and agree to all not show up. And to chip in to pay off the visitor fans as much as it takes to get them to walk. See if it gets the Glazers’ attention when the game is played in front of a crowd of 0. I wonder if they would listen then.

  28. colv says: Oct 26, 2013 4:03 PM

    I watched Miami play last Sunday at home. I was amazed at the empty seats all around the stadium. It wasn’t blacked out because I live in Vero Beach which is north of Miami and watched on West Palm Beach station. When they played the Ravens at home a couple weeks ago at times I thought they were in Baltimore. Lots of purple.

  29. 6ball says: Oct 26, 2013 4:09 PM


    You can’t win in the NFL without steady QB play.

    The Bucs have had instability at the QB position with Josh Freeman followed by the inconsistency of young Mike Glennon.

    What would their record be if they had a Manning, Brady, or Brees under center?


  30. gotjuice813 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:10 PM

    I was at game, set 2 rows up next to the tunnel that they come out of, heard all the chants etc. You cant and crack on the attendance. The lower bowl was pretty packed for a school night for and 0-6 team. A lot better crowd than what i just sat through for the USF game with it being homecoming and against the best team in the AAC in Louisville and hopefully future Bucs Qb Bridgewater. Factor in Thursday night the Lightning played the defending Stanley Cup champs, a team that doesnt come to Tampa often enough, and the Luke Bryan/Florida Georgia Line at the fairgrounds, a concert that sold out in less than minute and ended up them having another concert. That alone packed the fairgrounds. so 47k is very respectable for a team with no wins, a coach calling to be fired, a hockey game 10 mins away against the blackhawks and one of the biggest acts in country music.

  31. mrlaloosh says: Oct 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    Empty seats, empty heads……

  32. rburnett3003 says: Oct 26, 2013 6:23 PM

    Please, black them out!!!!

  33. andreweac says: Oct 26, 2013 6:47 PM

    Can’t wait for folks reactions when the Glazers are too cheap to fire Schiano and bring him back next year.

  34. xli2006 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:26 PM

    Logicalvoice… Say what you will but the Bucs have hoisted a Lombardi much more recently than the (currently named) Redskins. Aside from last year’s appearance the Skins havent exactly made much noise over the past decade or so.

    Alot of talk the week before the Skins play @ Denver when NOBODY but you even gives them a chance in that one… 2-5 would be quite a hole to climb out of.

  35. MyTeamsAllStink says: Oct 27, 2013 10:37 AM

    yep……Firing Gruden was the best decision the Bucs made….

  36. appalachian00 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:39 PM

    Go hire gruden

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