Bucs need to sell 7,400 tickets to lift blackout for Falcons game

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are surging, with four wins in a row and a 6-4 record.  They host the high-flying Falcons on Sunday, with a chance to narrow Atlanta’s once-insurmountable lead in the NFC South to two games.

And 11,000 non-premium tickets are available.

Of course, only (only?) 7,400 non-premium tickets must be sold before Thursday, given the reduced 85-percent threshold.

In recent years, the easy excuse for the team’s inability to sell out the stadium was the fact that the team isn’t competitive or exciting.  It’s now both, and still they can’t fill the place up.

It’s not as if the Bucs haven’t tried.  They’ve made the prices more attractive, and they spent money this year to make the team better.

26 responses to “Bucs need to sell 7,400 tickets to lift blackout for Falcons game

  1. Florida doesn’t deserve any NFL teams. Their fans are pathetic. Move the Dolphins to Los Angeles, the Jaguars to San Antonio, and the Bucs to Vegas.

  2. Not enough buses and easy access for the elderly. It is Florida for Christ’s sake, see Jacksonville.

  3. Biggest showdown of the season for the Bucs!

    No offense to the die-hard Bucs fans, Rays fans, or to the people of Tampa Bay, but if your teams leave, don’t blame the owners.

  4. They didn’t make the prices of tickets more attractive. They continually lower the prices of the nosebleed seats while keeping the price of decent seats the same and jacking up concession and parking prices.

    If I could afford to attend this game, I would absolutely be there, but the NFL has priced me out for years and the economy in the Tampa Bay area is still struggling to recover. I know I am not the only Bucs fan in this situation.

  5. Why does no one seem to remember the 2010 squad a went 10-6 and only narrowly missed the playoffs? Yes, it’s odd they can’t sellout, but we’ve known for a while that it isn’t related to the quality of team that is fielded.

  6. Not sure about the math on this – – if 3,600 is 15% of the total, that means that the entire stadium only has 24,000 non-premium seats?

  7. “Maybe move the team to a media market at least a little bit larger than Tampa Bay?”

    The Tampa-St. Pete market, which includes Orlando by the way, is huge. It is by no means a small market. The reason people don’t go is because early in the season it is too hot, and later in the season when people DO go they remember that most of Tampa is straight ghetto, so they don’t go back. Plus the price is still out of reach for many.

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever see an NFL, other than TB, have trouble selling tickets when the team is actually pretty good.

    The fans must be rebelling against the owner, I’ve NEVER heard anything good about him.

  9. This is sad. Back when the Bucs were somehow part of the NFC Central, the Lions/Bucs rivalry was great.

    It was a game twice a year where it didn’t matter if either team was having a good year. Home field meant nothing. Either team could get smoked on any given Sunday.

  10. All Tampa teams have a horrible fan base. i have season tickets to the Bucs and Rays and there is always an issue for attendance no matter how good the team is. I will agree that the cheap tickets are a waste and most tickets bought up there end up being wasted with fans not even sitting in those seats and hoarding up popular standing sections.

  11. The owners of the Bucs are some of the better owners in the league. They stay out of football matters for the most part. They know what they don’t know.

    And I never thought they were cheap. They just didn’t spend money when the team was rebuilding. Now that it’s getting close to competitive, they’re spending on free agents.

    As for the attendance, sorry, but the economy down here still sucks horribly. I used to be a mortgage broker and had season tickets for fifteen years. Now I sell cell phones for a day job. I just can’t afford tickets anymore.

  12. If you include Tampa Bay and Orlando just a little over an hour away, this place should be selling out.

    Bucs have a great team. They could move to Kansas City – they don’t have a pro team, and fans that want to love a team.

  13. Well the economy is still pretty bad in Tampa and Florida as a whole, and honestly would you rather spend 70-110 on a ticket, another 10-30 on parking, and 10-40 on food and beverage, or sit in your air conditioned home, in your la-z-y boy chair, for the price of one beer at the stadium, you can go to a local store and get a case. Hmmmmm pretty easy choice. I’ve been to a Bucs game when it was 100 degrees and high humidity, and yes it’s a great stadium, and a good game day atmosphere, but I’d rather save a couple hundred dollars and be comfortable.

  14. As much as i despise people who rip Tampa Bay for not supporting their teams, they do have their valid points. But lets look at the legit reasons so we all know what the hell we’re talking about.

    1:Team hasnt been a consistent winner since 2007-2008- and even then under the Gruden regime with the exception of those last 2 years they never had back to back winning years and didnt win a playoff game after the superbowl year of 2002. people havent been buying in especially with the “their winning with a last place schedule” BS reasoning that eniminates from some places.

    2: Economy/money; people are getting better financially but it isnt all the way back here and there are more important things out there..when your state is in the top 5 in foreclosures, people arent gonna spend expendable income on high priced NFL tickets when they can watch at home or a bar in HDTV. remember THEY SOLD OUT FOR 11 years (1998-2008) because of mandatory 10 year PSL’S not necessarily because of die hard fans with plenty of $. plus theres a solid contingent of fans with the money that dont go and spend their time at the local casino ( now in the top 6 in the usa) or doing other activities that arent in a hot stadium, or paying for tickets that are overpriced ( regardless of price reduction) and as mentioned before the nosebleeds are the cheap tickets, and they are mostly sold out each week its the moderate to expensive tix in the lower bowl that fans cant and /or wont buy

    3; rooting interest: florida and tampa especially is a bandwagon town thats filled with transients. if they get back to superbowl caliber ( they arent there yet however) then they will flood the bandwagon again.

    4: The Owners- they have had a reputation of being quiet people who have a way of treating fans and certain people like crap- fired a popular coach like dungy and having him pack his stuff in the rain, threatening to move the team if they didnt get a new stadium in 95; firing gruden in a snap instance in 2008, allowing key personal people to leave in rather bad form, Rich Mckay, Doug Williams, Bruce Allen. and hiring and firing raheem morris without giving him a better chance to succeed/setting him up to fail ( mediocre drafts by the gm, no FA spending, picking some of his assistants who failed msiserbly- bates/jadogzynski)

    plus after the salary cap hell under gruden they didnt spend much money in free agency which gave the impression that they cared about man u and not the bucs.

    Im not giving Bucs/Rays fans a cover but we are a great sports town when the enviroment is strong or near perfect. just see our local tv and radio ratings for NFL and MLB when applicable; its just we’ve been shafted by either bad owners, bad/inconsistent teams, bad stadiums,and/ or a struggling economy all at the same. does that excuse the lousy crowds? of course not, are we the only place that have some of the same problems? prolly not.. but im willing to bet that in a comparable market (Not detroit, NYC, DALLAS BOSTON, LA) that our problems are unique.

  15. If they can’t sell out a game against a first place division rival when they’re making a wild card run, TB doesn’t deserve a team.

    All of the Buc’s so-called fans can watch them in TV when they become the London Knights. At least the games won’t be blacked out then.

  16. Knock Jacksonville and the Jaguars attendance all you want…here’s some facts:
    – with the tarps reducing stadium size, Everbank Field still seats over 67,000. There are 11 stadiums in the NFL that are smaller.
    – the Jaguars, with a record of 1-9 and 5 blowout losses at home are averaging 1500 more fans per game than the Pittsburgh Steelers
    – the Jaguars, since their inaugural season in 1995 have never finished last in attendance in the NFL
    – the Jaguars stadium is 95.1% filled for every home game
    – The Jaguars, due to ticket demand, even removed a tarp and opened up a section for one of the home games this year.

    All this is in a 1-9 season, imagine if they were playing well? You’d be looking at complete tarp removal, 80,000 attendance and overweight scalpers.

  17. Jacksonville arguably has the worst team in the NFL. The Jags play in one of the smallest markets in the league, and still manages to sell out with about a 64K average (21st in the league). So go on and stupidly continue to blame us here in Jax (FL don’t deserve any NFL teams etc) everytime another Florida NFL city has issues selling out…

  18. How we forget that Bucs games were sold out for years with a 100,000 person waiting list for season tickets (according to the Bucs). The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of ownership. They have abused the fans beginning with the construction of the new stadium:

    1) PSLs were discussed as a means to finance the stadium. Tax payers stepped up and voted for a sales tax increase to fund the stadium. What did ownership do – charged a PSL anyway! GREED
    2) Not only did they get the PSLs, but they also get money in the form on concessions and parking for all events at Ray Jay. Unbelievable for a publicly funded and maintained stadium. GREED
    3) My first year in the new stadium tickets were $38 each. 9 years later they were $99 each. 1 year we got a 33% increase (at the beginning of the housing depression down here). GREED
    4) While counting all of their money from the above mentioned money grab they decided not to spend any of it in free agency – they kept it all for themselves and their English soccer team. GREED

    See a pattern here? Fans have learned that there are many other things to do on Sundays. The owners lead us down this path (and continue to with the black outs). They are the only ones to blame here. At some point the fans will return, but it may take a while. I gave up my season tickets when they quit spending money on players. I have gone to a couple of games since, but I’m not ready to start filling ownership’s pockets just yet.

  19. There are over a million people in the Tampa Bay area. I don’t see how you keep overlooking the options that are available in the Tampa area. People from the northern states keep talking but they have nothing else to do in there respective states.. pretty much on lock down for 6 months a year. If you the Bucs games is the only team not selling out you are crazy. They just might be the only team that the owners are not buying out the unsold tickets. This is a stupid arguement. The team is doing great and hope they continue.

  20. Owners have some of us under “contact” to purchase, they turn you in to the Credit Bureau if you don’t renew,and threaten to sue you for the money and keep the seats. WOW how can this happen,they really suck!!

    One more year of forced purchase,then they lose my money forever. For this year and next I just sell them cheap on stub-hub ,so they don’t get to sell an extra seat. After that I get my deposit back,costs 4 times the amount of the deposit to buy these seats for this year and next,but forced to buy or be sued by them.

    Still love the players and team, but management and owners suck.

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