Official Attendance: 58,191October 1st, 2012
If you noticed a hearty crowd at the Redskins-Bucs game yesterday, and a few too many Redskins fans, you weren’t hallucinating.
Official attendance was 58,191, up from 51K and change for the Bucs’ home-opener against Carolina.
Per the Tampa Sports Authority, the government outfit that runs Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs’ home seats 65,000, and about 15,000 of those seats are labeled “premium,” aka club seats, luxury suites, etc.
Of the remaining 50,000 non-premium seats, the Bucs need to sell 42,500 of those seats 72 hours before kickoff to avoid a local television blackout under the NFL’s “85 percent” rule the Bucs signed up for before the season.
That didn’t happen, but clearly the Bucs sold/distributed 85 percent of those non-premium tickets.
Joe was told walk-up sales were brisk yesterday.
While the Bucs lost, it just saddens Joe that so many fans who would have enjoyed the game were denied access to the game on TV. In this specific case, it just feels like the blackout rule makes no sense, when ticket sales appear to have met the sales goal but not the deadline.