It is no secret that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t fill their stadium. Games have been consistently blacked out for the past three seasons as there hasn’t been a home game televised that hasn’t been on national television. Well, the Buccaneers are getting creative in their methods to put bodies in their seats as going to a Bucs game is as easy as going to your local Tampa area Costco.
That’s right, the Bucs are so desperate to sell tickets that they are selling cardboard vouchers for tickets at Costco — so, this is it folks.
For just $219, you can apparently get two game tickets along wth a $25 voucher for food and beverages at an upcoming Bucs game of your choice. And trust me, there are plenty of good seats available.
At least the Bucs didn’t lower themselves to the level the Dolphins did by calling up fans of opposing teams to try and lure them into a sale. That reeks of the 12 year old girl scout coming to your house and holding you at gunpoint until you buy some Thin Mints. Oh no one had that happen to them? Well it’s fishy which is the point — pun very much intended.
All kidding aside, this is not a good look for an NFL team. Stadiums are supposed to sell out and the Bucs are showing they’ve officially run out of ideas. Actually, and arguement to the contrary could be made as you don’t see any other NFL teams selling tickets at a bulk retail.
But then again, you don’t see any NFL teams selling tickets at a bulk retail store.
If it gets fans to go to games, more power to the Glazers for being creative. To be honest, I’d take anything to see the Ray-Jay hoping on Sunday’s like it was 10 years ago on that Super Bowl run. Heck, I’d even take a half full stadium at this point. Bucs football is on the rise, we get that message but what good is your product if no one is there to enjoy it.
The time where Raymond James Stadium is packed, hopping and loud on game days is not too far away. It’s just we don’t know the exact date that will happen and until it does, we are going to have to live with the fact that your favorite 11 are left with no better option than to peddle their product at Costco.