The Buccaneers will begin selling individual game tickets for the upcoming season to the general public Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. and according to sources, some games could sell out well in advance of the actual game date.
The Buccaneers single game tickets go on sale Wednesday morning and indications are that there will be games that sell out well in advance of the actual date of the matchup.
Sources tell PewterReport.com there has already been strong interest in the New Orleans, Philadelphia, Miami and San Francisco games. Pewter Partners and Season Pass Members were able begin purchasing individual game tickets prior to Wednesday’s sale date to the general public.
Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford talked about the upcoming season.
“We look forward to welcoming our loyal fans back to Raymond James Stadium for what promises to be one of the most exciting home game lineups in recent memory,” said Ford in a press release on Tuesday. “This year’s home schedule offers something for everyone, including games against both of last season’s Super Bowl participants and a pair of nationally-televised contests that will shine the primetime spotlight on our players and community.”
Tampa Bay’s 2013 home slate kicks off with a preseason matchup versus the Super Bowl XLVII Champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, August 8, followed by a visit from the Washington Redskins to close preseason action on Thursday, August 29.
September 15 marks the team’s regular-season home opener, a division contest against the New Orleans Saints that features a 4:05 p.m. kickoff.
The Buccaneers trade in their red and pewter for the iconic “Bucco Bruce” on September 29, celebrating the annual Throwback Game against the visiting Arizona Cardinals.
The alternative colors continue when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town on October 13, as Tampa Bay dons pink accents to show support for breast cancer awareness during the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign. Included in the activities to raise funds for the cause will be a new Buccaneers tradition: a breast cancer awareness 5K Run/Walk held in the shadow of Raymond James Stadium on the morning of the game. Additional details for this special event will follow in the coming weeks.
Tampa Bay’s next two home games will be in primetime. The NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football descends upon Raymond James Stadium on October 24, when the Buccaneers take on NFC South rival the Carolina Panthers. Fans are encouraged to attend wearing their best pirate garb for this Halloween-themed clash.
The Miami Dolphins visit on November 11 for ESPN’s Monday Night Football. During this game – held on Veteran’s Day – the Buccaneers will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces of past and present as part of the league’s “Salute to Service” movement. Former Buccaneer and first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee Warren Sapp will also be honored at halftime as Tampa Bay’s 2013 Ring of Honor selection in addition to the official retirement of his No. 99.
The Buccaneers next welcome the division-rival Atlanta Falcons on November 17 before hitting the road for consecutive weeks.
The team then returns home for two consecutive home games, first against the Buffalo Bills on December 8, and then battling the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers on December 15 to close out the home schedule. The home finale will also feature a postgame concert as part of the team's second annual Faith and Football festivities.
On Monday Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune published a story after speaking with Ford who said things are looking up as far as avoiding blackouts.
"Our (season ticket) renewal rate is equal to the glory years, back in the day, so it's not like we're digging out of a hole," Ford told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune on Monday. "It helps we've got the best home schedule. Two prime-time games, one on a Monday night against Miami when Warren Sapp goes into our Ring of Honor, and a Thursday night game against a division rival (Carolina)."
Ford told Kaufman overall ticket sales have increased by more than 60 percent from this point in 2012.
Tickets are available for purchase on www.Buccaneers.com starting as low as $30.
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