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All good things come to an end eventually.

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.”

Below is the seating chart and prices for 2016.
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About the Author: Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Well the Glazers must be real Republicans. You don’t see the low or middle class sitting in club seats, So there feeling must be lets soak the poor for the extra money instead of spreading the costs to everyone. Typical Republican ideals. I for one encourage all those who hold general admission tickets to forego renewing them until they see how much the team spends on personnel this year. They are currently over $40 million under the cap so the price increase sure isn’t being spent on players salaries. I may not even wait until they sign FA’s. Soaking the… Read more »

SDBucfan
SDBucfan
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Entertainment is a luxury not a necessity. If you can’t afford it maybe you should provide a service that is of higher value so you can earn more money.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Always looking for an argument drdneast. Even trying to bring politics into football. Many Club Seat holders are businesses who give the tickets away to their clients, associates, staff and workers not a money making tactic. I’m sure those recipients getting something for free is a concept you embrace. Trust me, the lower bowl folks sell their tickets to opposing fans too, especially a Xmas time nears. Surely you’ve made that observation. West side Club seat $3,950.00. Lower Bowl just below them $1,250.00. See, those evil rich who earned enough money do pay more for something they desire. I have… Read more »

georgehicks
georgehicks
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

I’m sorry Buc Fans, You must not complain. Their are 32 teams in Nfl. Have you ck the Dallas,GB,Denver and NE seating costs. This is 2016 not 1969 at the Old Tampa Statium. If the team really takes off, The price is nothing. How about Drinking,Smoking and Hard Liquid fans they spend the money. So get your tickets and Cheer the Bucs in 2016.GO Team Go

DrT1066
DrT1066
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Drdneast
Please skip the political BS.
Let’s talk football.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Yea, a 12 and 36 record over the last three years really merits a raise in ticket prices. Who do these idiotic Glazer boys think they have on the field, the freaking New England Patriots. They haven’t raised the ticket prices in eight years because the product they have put on the field has stunk. But what really galls me the most is the Glazer boys hitting the real fans in the pocket instead of spreading the hurt around. Just like a couple of spoiled bratty, “let them eat cake,” Republican rich boys. Pretty much sure I am out on… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Perhaps you should have gotten a student loan and gotten an education and well paying job. No one will miss you.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  scubog
5 years ago

scubog is right. If you really want to go and enjoy the stadium feel, then money shouldn’t be an issue. Everyone has their priorities. I would love to go to every game, but I can no longer walk to the stadium nor walk up those steps; I’m not about to purchase a box seat as that is well above my pay grade. Go Bucs!

Dbuc63
Dbuc63
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

LOL, your narrow narrative at its best; LOVE IT! I will pay the increase on the difference of your tickets that you never really had if you can explain the concept on having a narrow narrative. Scubog stated it so eloquently; NO ONE WILL MISS YOU!

DrT1066
DrT1066
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Drdneast
PLEASE look up sociopath – that may just be you

Morgan
Morgan
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

If you can’t afford to go the games, watch. They’ve stopped the blackouts. You have no reason to complain anymore. Sorry, but the days of 5 cent cokes has long passed. Supply and demand establishes the price point.

BucWild02
BucWild02
5 years ago

Offense sells tickets and defense wins championships.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

How illuminating BucWild02. Did you think that up all by yourself?

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

I thought it was clever drdneast. The Bucs DO have a much better offense and of course they are gonna raise ticket prices. Didn’t you just see how much CBS and NBC are willing to pay to televise Thursday Night Football? 450 million per year!! Up from 300 million in 2015. That’s an increase of 50%!! Those were the worst games with some of the lowest ratings! And still they collected. It is a business and the Bucs are in the NFL, regardless of how bad they’ve been. They must remain solvent or they move to a new city that… Read more »

Garv
Garv
5 years ago

I’ve been paying for next year’s tickets through the monthly payment plan since August and will continue to do so. Fortunately 311 and 310 remain the same for the lower half, now the entire section pays the same amount. But raising ticket prices after going 3-13 over the past two years? Hard to take for most fans, I certainly get that. But give them up in protest to placate other angry fans? Not a chance. Too many years invested for that. too many great fans back year after year in our section to miss out. Just means less money for… Read more »

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  Garv
5 years ago

I agree Garv. Why not wait and raise prices after a winning season?

76Buc
76Buc
5 years ago

I thought this was a football forum and site, not a political site. I am a member for football and Buc’s news and analysis. Please keep the liberal Shrillness and conservative sarcasm out of here.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

I make no apologies 76Buc, but those are my fair and honest sentiments.
I understand where you are coming from Garv since I have been a season ticket holder since 1980.
And when the Cowboys, Giants, Bears and Packers come to town, I would venture to say very few of the season ticket holders in Section 219 sell their tickets away to their fans, unlike the Club seaters.
But really, I feel like the Glazers are spitting on the fans who can least likely afford a raise in ticket prices and making them shoulder the entire burden.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

BS

Dbuc63
Dbuc63
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Ahhh, poor baby, your feelings are hurt. You certainly know what the Glazers were thinking and, by all means, know what’s best for us all. Thanks for representing us small folks.

csidedave
csidedave
5 years ago

Mine was a 25% increase for my lower level seats after 30 years as a season ticket holder. Not likely to fly at my house.

Gulfstrings
Gulfstrings
5 years ago

Note: This is a copy of my post on TBO this morning re $$ Increases, all in fun: If I were a gazillionaire and owned an NFL team, my new stadium would seat no more than 15k fans. All in luxury seats including tableside sommelier and chef service with all the “country club” type amentities one expects. “Membership” fees (no more tickets) would be exorbitant and all marketing efforts would be directed toward corporations and the very wealthy. Did I mention eliminating conventional tailgating in favor of “members only” pre-game fashion shows, shooting ranges, exotic car displays and clowns for… Read more »

chetthevette
chetthevette
5 years ago

If I’m not mistaken all games are on the boob tube, correct? Trust me, poor folks don’t attend sporting events. Bet you anything drdneast will be tuning in to Fox to watch.A true liberal would not only boycott the Bucs but also wouldn’t patronize the network that supports the megarich. Chew on that.

georgehicks
georgehicks
5 years ago

Well Buc Fans 8 years is 8 years. If fans would go to other NFL towns and price those tickets you won’t complain

NaplesKrewe
NaplesKrewe
5 years ago

I am an upper-bowl season ticket holder. And, I travel up to see the team. I have RARELY missed a game in 13 years. Each year I’ve progressively moved my seats down – and down – and down – and two years ago I finally got to row A. (took that time because a group of friend and I sit together and moved together – so tough to find a chunk of Row A seats) Only to find that this year I have a 39.8% price increase in my tickets? Oh – they are “premium tickets” now. Scubog has been… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
5 years ago

Well I don’t live in Tampa and don’t get to too many games so this doesn’t affect me, but from what I’ve read , this is the first time the tickets have gone up in 8 years. That’s pretty impressive with inflation and economics and all. Plus the Glazers need new stadium renovations and no they already have a better product with Winston and our young nucleus in house for a long time. If people don’t like it, watch it on tv like a good bunch of us probably do. Not that I’m knocking any of our long time fans… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Apparently reading comprehension is a problem out here. I wasn’t complaining about the rise in ticket prices so much as I was about the billionaire boys club members the Glazer boys only raising them on General Admission seats. if you guys defending the Glazers ideas of favoring the well off then I am sure you get your prior source of news from FIXED News. Chettevette: You sir, are absolutely right but I guess we all have to live with a little hypocrisy in our souls. Besides, I would really miss all those disgusting off color promos the network does for… Read more »

I cant think of one
I cant think of one
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Perhaps people didn’t comprehend your posts because they don’t appear to have a cohesive message. You just make various insults towards the Glazers, republicans, and club seat fans. Although, I do enjoy economics, so I’ll reply to a portion of your OP. I don’t know why you mentioned “trickle down economics”. It’s not incredibly relevant to anything you mentioned, or even a concept created by established economists. The phrase alludes to the effects of lower taxation rates, and erroneously at that. “More fundamentally, economic processes work in the directly opposite way from that depicted by those who imagine that profits… Read more »

Gulfstrings
Gulfstrings
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

drdneast – Thanks for the nice words re my post but just to be clear … it was intended to be “all in fun.” I’m sure there were guys like me back in the days of Rome that tugged jokingly on Caesar’s tunic each time he raised his prices. The survival tactic then as now is to smile when you tug.

Twistedwires
Twistedwires
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

DRDNEAST. One of the reasons I have continued to come to this site is because the discussions amongst the regular posters tends to be substantive, insightful, and mostly respectful of others. I actual get just as much out of the posts as I do the articles; usually. There are a good number of people that regularly post on this site that have something to add to the article that broadens my knowledge about the team I love. However, this is the first thread of posts that I’ve seen on this site in the 12+ years of coming to PR that… Read more »

chetthevette
chetthevette
5 years ago

drdneast, I guess you chewed on it spit it right back out. Excellent retort. I don’t think I’m ignorant or a snob. What I am is apathetic. I still am a huge Bucs fan even though I know the Glazers are as money hungry and out for their themselves just like most people, rich or poor. I find this line of discussion interesting in as I believe that sports,music and somewhat politics are just something to amuse us. The Glazers are what they are, daddy made his money by being a slumlord and the kids are having fun spending it.… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

drdneast” You should check out the entire ticket price increase and what sections were affected. Many non-Club sections remained unchanged. My suggestion about your education wasn’t meant to be a attack on you. I just believe that if a person wants something to better his life he should do something about it and not attack folks who have had some successes. You attacked the Glazers for raising prices. Perhaps you should attack Publix too.

JayBuc52
JayBuc52
5 years ago

My wife’s family had bought season tickets since ’76 and stopped about 4 years back. Since then, my wife and I worked it in our budget and got reasonable seats in section 317. We knew that at some point prices would go up. What we were not ready for is the fact that the prices in our area would go up 42%. These are the working class seats. We simply cannot afford the hike in prices. While we would like to be there to see Winston’s development in person, we will have to settle for seeing it on TV. We… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

First of all, it was with a great deal of hesitation that I brought politics into this board, but there was simply no way to avoid it when discussing a price increase directed at the working poor and middle class. There is nothing more annoying to me than watching an awards show and seeing some idiot actor who is paid to read someone else’s good work start preaching to the audience about some great cause or ill informed opinion of theirs. My first reaction is to find a tire iron and to start flailing away at his unprotected face. But… Read more »

Twistedwires
Twistedwires
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

drdneast, you don’t need to explain your anger. I understand your main issue with the Glazer’s decision. I don’t even disagree with it. I didn’t have any issue with your viewpoint. My point was that your choice to lash out at a political point of view to make your point was unnecessary and didn’t belong on this site. It’s not censorship. But your anger and lashing out to include people beyond the Glazers on this thread is an anomaly compared to the vast majority of threads on this board. That is what deserves at least the threat of removal. Just… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

You got that tire iron handy?

chetthevette
chetthevette
5 years ago

Twisted wire, drdneast called me an ignorant snob and it did not annoy me at all. That is his right. I welcome any view on this site. The Glazers make plenty of money off the average fan. They don’t pay the bill by hoping the top 1% contribute most of the revenues.I will give them some props for seeing that all games are televised. I,ve seen the word “poor” posted many times during this thread. That description of fans who buy seats to a sporting event is just wrong. Please acknowledge the fact that poor people don’t attend these games.… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Very funny scubog and succinct. LOL.

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