Bucs Struggling At Gate

When the Chiefs and Buccaneers kickoff at noon Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, folks down the street at several busy watering holes will not see the TV broadcast.

For the third time in three home games this season, the Bucs have failed to reach the number of tickets sold to achieve a sellout and lift the television blackout.

The team hasn’t said how many tickets remain available for the game between the 1-4 Chiefs and the 1-3 Bucs, but media estimates in Tampa-St. Petersburg put the tickets available total somewhere near 20,000.

It’s the 16th blackout in the last 18 regular-season home games at the 65,908-seat Raymond James.

Tampa ownership and management did not sit back after 5 blackouts last season. There was a reduction of ticket prices on 80 percent of the seats. They were also the first NFL team that went with the 85 percent rule, allowing them to reduce by 15 percent the number of sold tickets that would be considered a sellout. None of that has worked for home games this season against Carolina, Washington and the Chiefs.

So apparently, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn weren’t enough to sell out the building.

3 Responses to “Bucs Struggling At Gate”

  • October 13, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    All I can add is I had season tickets for 2 years to the Chiefs. I was in the Arrowhead Section 245, first row, but when they did the renovation and nearly doubled my price I said no more. That two year period was when they were 2-14 and 4-12. I said Iam not going to spend $10,800 (4 seats) to see this team get beat up every week. I can still see Chris Johnson scoring a touchdown and then running over and beating on the drums and doing his little dance. Yes, he did draw a 15 yard penalty. Blackouts really suck. Hopefully someday we will actually have something to be proud of. Unfortunately not today.

  • October 13, 2012  - el cid says:

    It has not hit in KC yet. We are very fortunate to has a huge area to draw from and the economy is not as bad as in some areas of the country.

    I expect blackouts in KC when and if this “disconnect” continues between the fans and area verses Hunt/Pioli/team. If the fans ever get up on the Hunt Chiefs, watch out. I am hoping Clark Hunt is paying attention to things other than the bottom line. The fans cannot control much other than not be fans. Deadly.

  • October 13, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I was told by former Bucks season ticket holder that after their stadium renovation the season ticket requirement was a mandatory ten year package, with first two years in advance.

    That, just a little, makes $27 parking somewhat easier to bare.

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