Will The Postgame Concert Become A New Trend?December 19th, 2012
Tampa Bay Rays fans know very well how popular the team’s summer postgame concert series has gone. When there’s a concert following a Rays game, typically by a big-name but B-list band, the game is sold out or close to it.
So Joe’s taking note of the Bucs’ postgame concert Sunday by a popular, Grammy-nominated Christian rock band. It’s being billed as Tampa Bay’s inaugural “Faith and Football” event. There’s additional music, motivational speakers, including Gerald McCoy, and Father Dungy is promoting the event on the Buccaneers website.
Don’t get too excited, Joe still expects the Rams-Bucs game to be blacked out on local television, but surely Team Glazer will be able to guage the concert’s impact on attendance.
If there’s a significant bump from Sunday’s event, Joe wouldn’t be surprised to see Team Glazer have more postgame concerts next season, one’s that could deliver a bigger impact to attendance, lift blackouts and deliver greater value to season ticket holders. Considering reports in the sports business community that described major upgrades to concession areas and new concession providers/management coming soon to Raymond James Stadium, Joe definitely expects Team Glazer to get more creative to put butts in the seats.
Of course, a great football team would eliminate the need for, say, ZZ Top to take an end zone stage after a Bucs game. Though it would be fun to see Mike Williams regrow his beard and join them.