Hear the crowds rushing to the ticket offices and the phones ringing off the hook? Buccaneer tickets go on sale on July 30th at 10 A.M. Members of the Buccaneers’ One Buc Club will be able to purchase tickets on the 29th (you can join the One Buc Club for free just by going to Buccaneers.com and registering). But no one is expecting tickets to sell out that quickly.
Tickets are going for as low as $40 and even cheaper for children, so are the Tampa faithful not breaking down the doors to get the best seats? There are multiple reasons. For one, the Tampa area is not the biggest sports market, take a look at the Rays. Last season, every seat was reportedly sold out for each home game, but most of them remained empty once the games began. The economy plays a factor as well. With unemployment high in the area and people cutting back on their spending, many fans can’t afford a ticket. Think about it, you purchase a $40 ticket, add in parking, food, drinks, etc. and the bill gets pretty big. Finally, the Bucs are not that good. Before all of the Buc fans come find where I live, take a look at the team. They have talent, but extremely young and rebuilding, it could be years before they are a serious threat again in the NFC. Now they could surprise this season and I am praying that they do, but most casual fans do not have the same faith. So there should be plenty of tickets left after the 30th, so don’t worry if you miss the opening day, there are going to be plenty of seats available (pray there aren’t blackouts either).