Saturday Will Reveal An Important NumberAugust 20th, 2010
Joe can’t wait to sit out in the rain with his binoculars during the blacked out preseason home opener on Saturday, probably sitting next to some freaky drunk old woman who will get way to touchy feely with him.
Of course, Joe is being sarcastic. It’s going to stink being out there sweating like a soaked manbeast getting rain in his $8 beer. But such is life when rebuilding meets recession.
While Joe will have his eyes on the game and his Twitter mechanism in hand (and reporting here like a madman immediately following the game), Joe will be keeping his eye on one statistic to emerge. That would be the attendace figure for the game.
Since the old Tampa Stadium was demolished, every Bucs game has been just about the same reported “sold out” attendance, close to 65,00o, give or take a little.
Now it was obvious that Team Glazer or somebody else was eating tickets to reach that number last year and avoid a television blackout. (Thank you, whoever you are.) But this season, it seems that’s not going to happen. Hence the blackouts.
So the reported attendance number on Saturday should be the first indicator of just how far the Bucs need to go to sell out a regular season game. Joe can’t see a reason why Saturday’s number would be fudged.
If Joe had to hazard a guess, he’d put Saturday’s official number at 44,001.