The Growth Of The Fan BaseNovember 12th, 2012
Flashback to 2010, the young Bucs were cruising with a 7-4 record and the 9-1, division-rival Falcons were in Tampa for a December clash with a premier 4:15 p.m kickoff. This was a huge game in the playoff chase, got plenty of advance national attention, and attendance was 53,955.
Yet yesterday’s attendance of 54,813 against San Diego was better. And Joe can assure readers there were no significant numbers of Chargers fans in the house.
So what’s changed?
Is it love for the New Schiano Order? Is it cheaper tickets now available in many sections? Was it dislike of Raheem Morris? Was it the Bucs checking in that season with a paltry payroll? Was it something else?
Interestingly, the Bucs now have a chance to go to 6-4 next week and come home to face the Falcons, who likely will be 9-1. Their game likely will be a nearly identical scenario to the clash in 2010. But will it draw more fans and show tangible growth of the fan base?
Joe’s given up predicting this kind of thing. But it will be a number worth watching.