Suffering through another season of poor attendance, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday afternoon that a number of ticket prices will be reduced in an attempt coax fans back through Raymond James Stadium turnstiles on Sundays.
“Listening to our fans, the overwhelming recommendation they made is more value and more options between the most affordable seats and the most exclusive," said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Ed Glazer in a team press release. “For 2012, we specifically sought to make lower-level seats more accessible to a greater number of people, while also giving more fans than ever the chance to become season pass members through a completely overhauled pricing system intended to offer something for everyone."
Prices for nearly 80 percent of general admission season will be reduced and the team states this will be the fourth consecutive year of no price increases. Other reductions in certain concessions will also be ushered in along with the slashed ticket prices.
The only home sellout this year came during Week 4’s Monday Night Football game against Indianapolis. It was announced earlier this month that Tampa Bay’s Week 15 Saturday night matchup with Dallas on Dec. 17 is also a sellout. The Buccaneers were the only NFL team to have all eight games blacked out in 2010.
Tampa Bay plays only seven true home games this season because Week 7’s game in London against Chicago was technically hosted by the Bucs. Including the Saturday night contest with the Cowboys, Tampa Bay has only two home dates remaining weeks of this season. The other comes two Sundays from now on Dec. 4 when the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers visit Ray Jay at 1 p.m.
Here’s the breakdown of price decreases announced by the team:
Bucs fans becoming season pass members can realize savings of up to 45 percent off the prices they would pay for individual games. For instance, a family of four can buy season passes on the 50-yard line in the upper deck (Section 310) and save nearly $1,500 versus individual game pricing (including Ticketmaster processing fees).
The new season pass packages include, not only lower prices for close to 80 percent of general admission seating, but also a larger selection of pricing options throughout the stadium. And for the fourth consecutive year, there will be no price increases.
Many of the popular $35 season tickets will now be just $30 per game, and the previously $17.50 youth tickets for fans 16 and under will drop to just $15 per game. A family of four would pay only $90 per game if they choose to sit in the most affordable seats.
Season passes in the lower level will also be considerably more affordable. For example, 100-level end zone tickets have gone from $89 to $75 per game. With the new prices, a family of four seeking to sit in the lower level would save $560 from last year's season pass prices.
The benefit program will include a service team dedicated to maximizing members' game-day and year-round experiences. The program will also include additions to each member ticket package, such as a player meet-and-greet, as well as technological aspects like exclusive smart device apps for members only and free game-day Wi-Fi access. Stadium club members will enjoy additional exclusive events throughout the year, featuring players, coaches and team executives.
One of the goals leading into the 2012 season has been to bring enhanced value to season pass packages. In addition to the season pass discount from individual game prices, members can look forward to saving in other areas. In 2012, those discounts will improve to 15 percent off all in-stadium food, non-alcoholic beverages and merchandise concessions (versus 10 percent in 2011) and members will also be able to apply that 15 percent savings to online purchases at the Buccaneers.com team store.
The Buccaneers will also continue to offer the popular, interest-free 10-month payment plan option.
To find more information on the new ticket pricing schemes, call 813-879-BUCS(2827) or visit the team website at Buccaneers.com.