Attendance Was 54,400

November 26th, 2012

Joe’s posting this photo because it gives a good look at the crowd in the upper decks.

Joe thought there might be a bigger crowd yesterday for the Bucs-Falcons game. And Joe’s logic was simple. On Dec. 5, 2010, when the two teams squared off for a game in Tampa with similar playoff implications and team records, attendance was 53,955.

Yesterday’s number was announced at only 85 more fans, 54,440. Joe supposes that could be considered progress, but it’s certainly not much. For Joe, that shows there are bigger factors at play than fans not believing in a head coach (Raheem Morris) or the economy (it’s better now than in 2010).

25 Responses to “Attendance Was 54,400”

  1. Meh Says:


  2. Meh Says:

    Hah stripped out my not equals:

    54440-53955(is not equal to)85

  3. Clintro Says:

    LOL @ the math correction. The holiday weekend no doubt had something to do with the lack of attendance as well. I would have been there but I didn’t return to town until 8:00 Sunday night.

  4. Jrock Says:

    I was going to try to scalp a ticket, but I woke up late and had a lot of laundry to do. Going to try again for the Philly game

  5. flmike Says:

    We had a whole row in the upper deck, wound up taking 28 people with us to the game, the upper deck/cheap seats weren’t the problem, it was the club level seats that were half empty, a winning season will go a long way to getting those filled though

  6. Morgan Says:

    lots of disgusting dirtybird fans in the stadium – hate ’em all

  7. Armando Says:

    “the economy is better than in 2010” not for myself or anyone else I know. The blackouts are caused by the lack of corp sponsorship, small busineses who buy the club seating. They do not have the expendable cash to pony up. Going back to the economy, even a $30 ticket is a luxury.

  8. Ben Says:

    Doesn’t a holiday weekend home game typically have lower attendance? Traveling with the family can make it hard to make it to a game, no matter how big of a fan you are.

  9. AK Says:

    On monday the Bucs had announced they were 11,000 short of a full sellout (and 7400 short of reaching 85% ). Given the paid attendance of 54,400, that means hardly any additional were bought directly from the Bucs, but almost all from resale markets (i.e. stubhub?) That seems very fishy to me. Also, I was there and the crowd was ROCKING, more IMO than any other home game this yr…and, far less Falcon fans than there were Saints and Skins fans (two gms w/ highest attendance)

  10. Morgan Says:

    @ Armando – Good point. Corporate sponsorship of both the Bucs and the Rays seems to be lacking. I rarely see any comment from the media about that – it’s always all on the fans.

    @Armando and Morgan – Club seats, which Armando talked about, do not count toward the blackout since they are “premium seats.” Even if businesses were buying more suites and club tickets, it wouldn’t matter to the bottom line of getting the game on TV. –Joe

  11. Andrew Says:

    I have to agree that the club level seating was spars along with a few other areas but all in all the stadium was filled with fans. also have to agree that those stupid fuking dirty bird fans took away some of the fun time with there obnoxious behavior. fuking aholes.

  12. Andrew Says:

    Joe so your saying that with even almost all of the none premium seats being full that if every single seat in the club level was full there would still be a blackout? but that would make in closer to 60,000 fans at the stadium? I know premiums cant work against us, but can they work FOR us?

  13. MAC Says:

    The economy is not improved. That is false. More people may be working but everyone is making much less money then in previous years. Many of the local small to mid size businesses that bought a lot of the season tickets have closed and are still closed. Land developers, banks, mortgage brookers, realestate brookers, residential and commercial builders, construction companies, plumbers, electricians, etc…. All gone, plus out tourism industry is still in the hole as well.
    For JBF to state that the economy is better and therefore all the games should be sell outs is down right ignorant…. SEE JOE’s REPLY TO THIS NONSENSE BELOW– Joe

  14. Tristan Berry Says:

    The economy may seem a little bit better now than last year nationally, but jury-rigging the economic numbers and artificially pumping up the stock market hasn’t brought my industry back. I’m still struggling just as much as I was last year (and the year before that, etc.) and our local economy is in roughly the same shape and one of the worst in the country.

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    AK, I agree, someone needs a NEW BEAN COUNTER in Tampa.

    There was easily 60,000 there, and it was the most attendance this year, more than the Saints.

    I’m not just talking about club seats. They started this fuzzy math crap last week and it continued. Somebody can not COUNT!!!

    You look to the east side and see some empty seats, not many, but look down around the north and south endzone party areas and it is packed.

    I get the sneaky suspicion that someone just didn’t want the game televised. I don’t know what the benefit of that is, but quit bashing BUC FANS! They showed up in force yesterday.

    Of course, we had to watch the most one sided officiating all season, and refs that clearly should have been wearing Falcon jerseys, or bet on the game, or just turn a blind eye if there is a penalty that could go the Bucs’ way. One offensive PI call all day that was so blatant, it could be seen on a different channel with a blacked out screen.

    All refs suck. I’m sick of those clowns stealing games from us constanty.

    Bring back the Scabs please. These guys suck balls.

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    How bout Longoria eh??? $100MM, nice.

  17. Joe Says:


    I know premiums cant work against us, but can they work FOR us?

    Sans a complete sellout of the stadium, no.

    Once again, the 85 percent plateau to lift a TV blackout is for non-premium seats. Club seats are premium seats.

  18. Keith Says:

    Mac – Where the hell did Joe write that all games should be sellouts because the economy is better?

  19. admin Says:

    JOE here,

    @MAC – You can be in denial all you want, but the local economy is better now than it was two years ago. And nothing Joe wrote said all games should sell out. Don’t make stuff up and use it to trash Joe. That’s a great way to get booted.

    The stock market is up significantly since the second half of 2010, which helps a huge percentage of the local economy, and unemployment also is improved significantly from that time. There’s also far more stabalization in the local housing market. Plus you can combine that with a drop in Bucs ticket prices.

    Again, you can pretend those factors aren’t real all you want. They don’t help the people who are hurting, but they still exist.

  20. Buc Fan South Tampa Says:

    and yet people were walking around the stadium looking to buy tickets-but they wont walk up to the ticket window to buy them full price. Face it, people are used to getting tickets on the cheap. Talked to a guy today that said he watched it on his computer on one of those funny websites. Tampa Bay has adjusted to the blackouts.
    Im glad the Glazers dont buy the remaining tickets like all the other owners do. Lets earn our right to watch the game on TV. As an eight year season ticket holder (paying full price), I enjoy watching my Bucs every week. Until the rest of the Bay feels that way, then games will be blacked out.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    and the beauty of it is that we get 4 more years of the same thing. Thank the people of Florida and Ohio with their heads buried in the sand.

    Hey we are moving FORWARD!!!

    We the Sheeple.

    Check out the new heavily armed FEMA youth, just like the Hitler Youth. Just graduated their first class of over 300. They are coming for you and your guns.

  22. Vic Says:

    How does the holiday weekend excuse even apply???? The people leaving town are also replaced by visitors. My uncle and cousins in from Ohio went to the game with me yesterday. They’re not Bucs fans but wanted to see a game. They flew out last night.

  23. Oliver Gray Says:

    These fans here in Tampa need to know that season ticket prices are really affordable!! I am from Philly and ticket prices are way more expensive! No deposits or seat licenses for Bucs season tics!

  24. Patrick Says:

    Economy is not better, the unemployment rate is really 11% if you count all the people who gave up looking for work (which you should count).

  25. BKNYfootballhead Says:


    You take the cake of being more obnoxious and obtuse than Miguel.