Attendance Checks In About 24K ShortAugust 22nd, 2010
Joe did the buy-a-ticket-outside-the-stadium thing last night and, as always, that’s an adventure unless you want to overpay.
The quick-buy market was $20 in the parking lots of the C.I.T.S. (Community Investment Tax Stadium) up until kickoff. However, Joe was holding out for a $10 seat downstairs.
Amazingly, Joe, with his need-one finger in the air, was approached before kickoff by a Jamaican man with severe Michael Clayton hatred issues. He did the $10 deal with Joe, and Joe ended up sitting next to the guy about 10 rows off the goal line.
Nice seat. Joe thought he could smell the sweat dripping off the Bucs cheerleaders.
Plenty of empty seats all over place. The St. Pete Times reported tickets-sold attendance at 41,386, meaning Team Glazer fell about 24,000 short of a sold out crowd and live television for the game.
Yesterday, Joe had predicted a crowd of 44,000, so the blackout situation is far more grim than Joe thought.
It’s painfully clear now that if one living in these parts wants to watch the Bucs on opening day, then one will have to buy a ticket or grab a seat on The Blackout Tour to Fort Myers.