After two road wins and an explosion by the most exciting new back in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are returning home to old problems that you’d think the recent success would ease. But even after all that’s happened in the last two weeks, the Bucs are still 9,000 tickets shy of lifting the blackout on Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
You’d think that Doug Martin’s two epic performances alone would be enough to lower the number of tickets that need to be sold, but you’d be wrong. 9,000 seems to be a recurring number for the Bucs when it comes to selling out games, a number they rarely are able to erase in time.
One game this year has sold out, and that was the heartbreaker against the New Orleans Saints. Other than that the games against the Redskins and Chiefs have all been under the 85 percent sold rate and have therefore been blacked out locally. And it’s not like Bucs fans are having to buy all these tickets last minute on purpose, of the eight games the Bucs have played so far this year only three have been at home.
This team is finally getting exciting, and it’s going to take some time for fans to really get reinvested enough in this team to spend hard earned money to see them live. But it’s still a harsh reality check to be on a piping hot two game winning streak and return home to a stadium that still can sell out.