Buccaneers Raise Ticket Prices For Second Consecutive Season
By James Yarcho
Buccaneers fans wanting to go see their team at Raymond James Stadium will be paying more to get in for the second year in a row.
After going eight consecutive seasons without an increase in ticket prices, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will raise the cost of admission for a second straight season. Rick Stroud and Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reported the increases Saturday and the news should come as no surprise.
There is plenty of buzz and excitement surrounding the Bucs after their first winning season since 2010 and of course the impact of having Jameis Winston under center is part of that. Winston is quickly becoming a hot ticket player in the NFL and people want to see him in person. The Bucs know this and are capitalizing off his rise as well as the upward trajectory of the team itself.
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With high profile teams coming to Ray Jay in 2017 – both the New York Jets and New York Giants as well as division rivals Carolina, New Orleans, Atlanta, and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots – the Bucs brass decided this would be as good a time as any to increase the prices.
Chief Operating Officer Brain Ford had this to say to the Times regarding the increase;
"“Feeding off the tremendous energy and excitement of the recently completed 2016 season, we know that Bucs fans are already looking forward to what should be one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory.Our focus is always on providing our fans with a world-class atmosphere when they are visiting Raymond James Stadium, and we are proud that we have been able to continue enhancing the game day experience while still maintaining one of the most affordable ticket prices in the NFL.”"
As the team continues to compete – and win – fans will be willing to spend the extra money to see them. The Bucs still had one of the lowest average ticket prices in the league last season, coming in at $62.75 per seat on average. The NFL is still finding ways to try to entice fans to ditch their HD televisions and comfy living rooms in exchange for the in stadium experience and the Buccaneers have begun making major stadium upgrades to do just that.
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For a full list of increases – location and price – visit the Times’ column here.