$30 Tickets Still Available

July 31st, 2012

Amidst the excitement of training camp kicking off Friday, the Bucs fired up single game ticket sales that morning. And via Joe’s look at Ticketmaster.com this afternoon, $30 seats (including service charge) are still available for every game.

Not surprising? Troubling?

Whatever it is, that’s the reality.

Yeah, the economy is still bad around these parts, but there are plenty of folks that can afford $30 and another $20 to get to and through opening day wihout fasting.

Hopefully, the Bucs’ performance in preseason games will make a positive difference.

30 Responses to “$30 Tickets Still Available”

  1. Jim Says:

    Speaking of preseason games, why are the games on Friday nights? Some of us still have to work for a living. Getting off work at 6:00 makes it tough to get to the game. I can under the last game being on a Friday to allow more time to prepare for the season opener, but not all of the preseason games. I’ll bet attendance will be LOW this preseason.

  2. Morgan Says:

    Surprised that tickets are available even after the 85% new blackout rule?


  3. jb Says:

    The fact that there are $30.00 tickets left just reiterates the FACT that Tampa Bay has one of if not the worst fans bases in the NFL. It’s sad but true!

  4. Andrew Says:

    jb did you buy a ticket? if not then keep you mouth shut.

  5. OptimisTroll Says:

    The $30 tickets are not really worth buying. I like going to games, but listening to it on the radio is almost better than sitting way up there in the clouds in the corners Plus I don’t have to spend $30. An extra few dollars goes a long way to making the experience better in Ray J, which is why the mid priced seats seem to go first.

  6. bucnjim Says:

    I think the damage has been done and even the Glaziers know it’s going to be a process. I’m a diehard, but I think for most people there is so much more public relations work that still needs to be done. once the fans can reconnect with the players AND owners then things will turn back around quickly.

  7. jb Says:

    Andrew….I’ve had season tickets since 1976 Sonny boy, so save that crap for the bandwagon riders that this area is littered with!

  8. BucPacker Says:

    Agree with Optimis. I wouldn’t sit in the $30 seats either unless they came with a lap dance and $2 beers. And yes, I’m going to a couple of games on the West side with much more expensive upstairs tickets.

  9. raphael Says:

    jb if you don’t like it here just leave….sonny boy !

  10. bucnjim Says:

    I’ve had season tickets since the early 90’s and I’ve never felt we had a bad fan base! Any true fan realizes this area really suffers from being a melting pot of fans from other states. This is a fact that plagues not only the Bucs, but the Dolphins, Jags, Chargers, Raiders, and many other teams as well. Football is truly a blue collar sport when talking about game day attendance and tailgating. this middle class is what has been hit the hardest.

  11. Have A Nice Day Says:

    A domed stadium might help as well considering the heat. I know my folks have had season tickets for a couple decades but never go to preseason games and rarely go to September games. The heat is just too much for many.

  12. bucobruce Says:

    I would pay 1,000 for a nice weather night game but I woulent go for free at a 1 oclock game in the blistering sun,I would rather wathch at home.

  13. jb Says:

    bucnjim… That same fan base lined up when we were winning, huh? I realize we’re not going to have nearly the attendance we had back in the late 90’s and 2002, but I see the Glazers and the entire organization doing everything they possibly can to get back to our old winning culture and being very fan friendly!

    So…we have a great fan base? I doubt you see fans in Green Bay, Denver and the like screaming and doing the “WAVE” while their OWN team is on offense!
    Yeah…it’s bad, REAL BAD!

  14. Fritz50 Says:

    I started in the cheap seats (318) with the new Stadium’s 1st year & moved 2 sections in the next, & have been there since. I’ve always felt there isn’t a BAD seat in the whole place. And, yes I have been upgraded to the Club level several times. I prefer where I’m at. The Club level had a more ‘country club’ feel that I didn’t like. The people around me there just seemed to be more interested in socializing, than watching the game &/or cheering. Could be, heck probably was, just me, but that’s the way I saw it.

  15. ben Says:

    Spending the money in the off season is one ingredient that i think will help bring the people back, that being said i think people want to see how they look during the pre season before comitting to buying tickets

  16. Bucnjim Says:

    How many Bucs fans in Green Bay? 12 or so! How many Green Bay fans in Tampa? 20,000 or so! My point being (and this holds true for LA as well) is there are very very few Bucs fans in places like Chicago, Philly, NY, Cleveland, New England etc… because people move down here to get out of the cold or just to move to a new environment. Tampa (until the past few years)has offered an affordable and attractive area to live.

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    The Glaziers have done a nice job of winning back some fans with the new marketing and public relations stategy. The problem is they have to fix that IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT GO AWAY ATTITUDE! This could take years to fix. It won’t be an easy task, but they really need to transform themselves into being fun and trendy once more. This has to come from everyone from the owners down to parking attendants.

  18. TBuc Says:

    Too many people here from other places, and a unknown product for the games to have huge crowds. Would I love a fanbase like GB or Denver, heck yeah. But that takes generations of fans to build, and a history of winning. Ask yourself if the Steelers had not been such a winning team would they have a national following? Prob not. Look at their baseball team, consistent losing and the people of Pittsburgh don’t show. America is full of bandwagoners. It takes winning and a history of winning to build a fanbase. Yeah the Bucs had a great 10 year run of consistent playoff and competitive football, that brought the fringe fan in. But when you have a majority of your population made up of transplants who support other teams and raise their kids who grow up here to support the northeastern team it negatively impacts the growth of your fanbase. I was told today by a transplanted Philly fan we have horrible fans, I looked at him and said because, of people like you.

  19. Wade Says:

    I’d rather stay home and watch it from my deck on the flat screen that I have mounted on my house. Most importantly, I have access to great food and great beer. Not the garbage food and piss bear at the stadium. The at-game experience has jumped the shark.

  20. Ryan rich Says:

    Hey Joe when it’s the appropriate time you should try talking about which no-name players will make the team and won’t

  21. Joe Says:


    If there are any no-names still on the roster prior to final cut.

  22. Joe Says:

    Joe finds it interesting that not once has Joe ever heard people complain about the heat at Gators or Noles games, but God forbid if is hot at a Bucs game, or suggest heresy that the Rays should have an open-air stadium. Strange.

    Joe was in southern Illinois for most of the past month where virtually each day was over 100 and many days over 105. Cardinals games were played in the middle of the day with 35-40,000 in the stadium. Not once did Joe hear the word “dome” uttered by the locals.

    Guess we are just too soft here in Florida.

    As for attendance, you will never see the 1990s-2000s where there was a season ticket waiting list and most Bucs games sold out. Those days are gone. The NFL experience is much better at home now. Oh, sure, the facepainters will always be at the game. But to get sellouts you must also attract the casual fans, who are now content with NFL Sunday Ticket/Red Zone Channel and cheaper beer at home.

    Technology doesn’t get worse; it gets better.

  23. BamBamBuc Says:

    I’m not a “face painter”, but technology doesn’t get me pumped up near as much as the “live game” atmosphere. I don’t need to be checking my fantasy football team stats during my Bucs game, I haven’t played that in over 10 years and am very happy watching MY team now. I get replays at the stadium. And if I still want to watch the other games, I’ll get the Sunday ticket to watch the shortcuts after I get home from the game, but NFL Primetime or NFL Network postgame coverage will surely be good enough for me. So, the beer isn’t cheap, the weather is hot, and I don’t have my TIVO remote in hand… I’ll be in the stands where the fans are cheering and the game is actually being played. Maybe I can help some of the others how to not get loud when we have the ball or do the wave…. how to get rowdy when the opponent is in a two minute drill and driving, so we can disrupt them and get a stop… Can’t wait til I live there. Only a couple more years…

  24. bucswin Says:

    Sucks but Tampa is the home of whiners. It’s too hot! It’s too crowded! The jumbotron sucks! Blah, blah, blah. If you live in Tampa and can afford it, support your team.

    Joe really doesn’t appreciate you bashing on of his advertisers inaccurately. Are you going to tell Joe that you went through the entire risk-free Z Code System to understand how it works? Or were you just tossing around negativity because it feels good. –Joe

  25. Wade Says:

    Here’s why people are starting to tune out professional sports. It’s the greed”

    “The Royals have received at least $12.7 million from taxpayers that was approved by the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority as part of the RMMO provision of the team’s lease with the county and spent it on full and part time employee salaries, security, cable tv, first aid, utilities, telephones and even payroll taxes. By using the money for payroll taxes, the team literally collected taxpayer money to pay their own taxes.”

    It’s happening in all “pro-sports” cities. Stop subsidizing the millionaires. They don’t care about your money, they only care about their money.

  26. Craig Says:

    Bought 2, $30 tickets yesterday for the Panthers game. Including taxes, fees, and free parking that day, the Grand total is exactly $60. I had season tickets in section 118 for 12 years and $60 wouldn’t pay for half of 1 ticket. Simple economics. Go Bucs!

  27. Craig Says:

    Also, there is a definite breeze in the upper deck. Not near as stagnant as the lower levels and that is a fact.

  28. Howard Bass Says:

    Has anyone sat in the seats where the $30 tickets are available? They’re in a miserable location, far away from the field and on the east side of the stadium in the blazing sun. The reason those tickets are still available is because the location stinks. They will sell those seats when people are convinced that the product on the field is so good that the benefit of watching them play outweighs the detrimental location of those bad seats.

  29. Craig Says:

    Imagine that. Florida in September = Blazing sun. Miserable for non-natives, I guess. Geez, how many excuses does it take?

  30. bucswin Says:

    When I lived in Tampa and had my season tickets, me seats were in the corner, four rows from the very top. And I loved it.