Bucs management has said they will be limiting the number of open practices that the public will be able to attend, only 7 in all. The times of these practices can be changed as well, depending on the Bucs front office and coaching staff. The reason for this change, as so GM Mark Dominik believes, is to give the fans the full pad-on-pad practices, the most intense workouts, not a 45 minute practice of the special team unit. They are hoping the fans will come to the best practices and see of the best of what the Bucs are going to have this season.
But many fans do not have the same idea about the practices that Dominik and company have. Many are upset about limiting the open practices, saying it will cause schedule conflicts and make the practices very crowded. I tend to agree here, there are many people that are not able to make it the set practices and the ones that are able to come, may not be able to see the players or even get a chance to fight for an autograph.
The Bucs have always done a great job by connecting with the community and opening the doors of One Bucs place to the media, but this is a poor move by the management. The team is loved in the area and fans want to come out and see the team preparing for the upcoming season, but this is going to hurt them. Maybe some of the fans out there in the area like to watch the special teams unit? Hopefully the fans are able to make it to the practices and hopefully the Bucs management will get the hint that they are upsetting many people out there.