Consider it the price of success. Coming off an 11-6 season and the franchise's second-ever NFC South championship, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced a ticket price increase on Thursday.
Season ticket holders, whose invoices were mailed last week, will see a price hike for the 2006 season between $1 and $6 per ticket, depending on their seating location. Ticket prices at Raymond James Stadium next year will be $74, $69, $65, $56, $55, $41, $40 and $30. According to the Buccaneers, the $30 general seat ticket is among the lowest priced tickets in the NFL.
The team also disclosed that 21 NFL teams had individual ticket prices that exceeded $74, making the Buccaneers season tickets one of the more affordable options in the league.
There will also be increases to club seat pricing that are reflective of the terms of those agreements.
Tampa Bay has a season ticket waiting list of more than 116,000 fans. All 67 Buccaneers games (64 regular season games and three playoff contests) at Raymond James Stadium have been sellouts. Since Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998, Tampa Bay has posted a 43-21 (.672) record, and the Bucs are 2-1 in home playoff games.
In 2006, the Buccaneers will host NFC champion and Super Bowl XL participant Seattle, in addition to Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Carolina, Atlanta and New Orleans. Dates and times for those games, along with the complete 2006 Buccaneers schedule, will be released in April.
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