A home field advantage is something that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been truly missing since 2008.
It used to be different when the team was consistently winning games at Raymond James Stadium, but ever since the firing of Jon Gruden, fans haven’t exactly been coming out in full force. And the fans that have been showing up haven’t exactly been the loudest that they can be.
Head coach Lovie Smith knows the importance of having a home field advantage, and it is something he wants to establish right off the bat, starting this Sunday when the Buccaneers open their season at Ray Jay against the Carolina Panthers.
In an article by ESPN’ Pat Yasinskas, many Bucs have expressed how vital it is for the home crowd to get behind this team for them to have success.
“We want to go undefeated at home,” Gerald McCoy stated. He continued: “It’s going to take our fans. We really, really need a home field advantage this year because we gave a really talented team. Our fans coming out and helping us, we need that.”
2014 marks the second straight season in which the Buccaneers will not face a local television blackout of their home games. The team has announced that they are on pace to meet the 85% sales requirement for each of the eight regular season games.
Fans should be showing up in much higher numbers this year in large part to the community’s optimism about the team’s possible success this season. Lovie Smith is a highly-respected figure in the Tampa Bay area, and the players that the Buccaneers have on defense are beginning to resemble some of the guys that helped build their championship team in 2002.