After eight years of no ticket price increases, and season ticket prices hovering near the bottom of the NFL-pricing spectrum, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that the team will be raising ticket prices on all general admission seating. Club seats will not be affected by the approximate 20 percent price increase.
Bucs chief operating officer Brain Ford released a statement on Wednesday.
“We are one of only two (NFL) clubs that have not raised prices over the past eight years, in an effort to offer our fans the greatest possible value,” Ford said in a statement. “As a result, in 2015 our average general ticket price ranked as the second-lowest in the league. In 2016, we will continue to offer some of the NFL’s lowest priced tickets.”
While some fans may initially scoff at the increase, in fairness many teams across the league have steadily increased rates each year, mostly in small percentages. Even with the average of a 20 percent increase, the Bucs will still rank below a majority of other NFL clubs.
With the increase the Bucs are also adding more value to being a season pass member, including a scheduled tour of One Buc Place and exclusive access to Bucs players for autograph and photo opportunities. This is in addition to the extras offered prior to the price increase which include training camp VIP days, 15 percent discounts on in-stadium food and drinks, the team’s free draft party and other VIP access to events.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will also continue to offer financing options including a 12-month interest free program for all season pass members. Another thing that won’t change is the youth season pass discount, which equates to 50 percent off a season ticket for children 16 years and younger.
“The excitement, energy and passion displayed by Buccaneers fans over the years have turned Raymond James Stadium into one of the nation’s premier sports venues,” Ford said. “As we continue to enhance the in-game experience, it is also essential that we remain competitive from a pricing standpoint while still providing our fans with some of the most affordable tickets in the NFL.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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