TAMPA — Here’s something new that hasn’t happened in what seems like forever in Tampa: the Buccaneers have sold out Raymond James Stadium and will not have to locally blackout the Monday Night Football game against the Colts.
This sellout ends the ugly streak Bucs fans have had to deal with of 10 straight home game blackouts.
The hope here is that this will be the start of a new trend in Tampa which sees all future Bucs home games sell out. Tampa couldn’t generate enough ticket sales for the all important divisional game last week against the Falcons and haven’t sold out a game for an entire season.
A lot of the reason tickets didn’t sell were their high price to watch a low quality team take the field. But with the revolution going on in Tampa with Josh Freeman and Raheem Morris at the helm, interest in Bucs football is starting to rise.
And this sellout bid can’t be credited to Peyton Manning being in the house; he won’t be. If there is anyone arguing that Colts fans are coming out in droves to watch something called Curtis Painter led their team, you are strongly mistaken. This is one hundred percent the efforts of an excited Bucs Nation ready to watch their team rise to the top of the elite NFL field.
The game will be simulcast in the greater Tampa area as ESPN is a cable only channel. For those in Tampa wanting to get in on this exciting Bucs action Monday, tune into channel 28, or whatever channel your ABC affiliate is on.
Hopefully, news that the Bucs have sold out a game is the start of a true revolution in Buccaneers football. Kickoff is Monday at 8:30 Tampa time.