No Fans At Training Camp In 2020; Stadium Events Optional

July 16th, 2020

Sadly, it’s official.

There will be no fans at Buccaneers training camp this season, ending a glorious tradition that has delivered so many memories through the years, especially for fans who can’t afford to go to games. broke the news this afternoon.

“Fans will not be permitted at training camp this year,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “This is a league-wide policy. Clubs may hold up to two events at their stadium provided they adhere to all state and local guidelines.”

Joe figured “The Sickness” force teams to keep most fans out, but Joe figured perhaps Team Glazer would invite in various high-roller suite holders and other special guests.

Not happening.

Hopefully, they can pull off that FanFest return Joe wrote about — and apparently is kosher with the NFL.

30 Responses to “No Fans At Training Camp In 2020; Stadium Events Optional”

  1. SB Says:

    Man, I have been as positive as I can be about us having a season this yr as I possibly could be under the circumstances.
    I am getting Less and Less by the day however.
    MAN! Since that Apple dropped on New Years Eve this has to be the Craziest year as a planet that Most of us could ever imagine!!

  2. stpetebucsfan Says:


    “Since that Apple dropped on New Years Eve this has to be the Craziest year as a planet that Most of us could ever imagine!!”

    Amen brother. And at the moment it just seems like there are a lot more questions than answers.

    But the news has been pretty good lately. Companies are close (early next year?) to a vaccine and another company is perfecting a five minute test where you just blow into a tube…no nasal swabs or blood draws.

    You know how we can suspect that all of this stuff is getting pretty close? The Russians are now hacking our research so they can steal any vaccine formula and take credit. If the Russians are hacking…they know something is getting closer or they wouldn’t be wasting their time and money.

  3. mark2001 Says:

    Tampa Bay Times says hospitals are bringing in extra nurses and portable morgues. Doctor says, we don’t know how long we can sustain these high numbers. Every day we get closer to a season meltdown if we don’t get serious about preventing this disease.

    You can deny the disease…you can deny reasonable precautions…you can take reporting from CDC so you can jimmy the numbers…but you can’t deny what is happening to the hospitals.

    I’m still hoping for a season…but every day the numbers continue to climb while so many still live in denial, the closer we come to a ruined season.

    BTW..regarding the Russians and hacking research…nothing new..costs them nothing, as they are continually staffed to do hacking. They just are just shifting their focus…One thing is for sure…they believe in this disease. I’m hoping for a vaccine available by next spring or summer. But for the billions of doses and distribution, it will take time, even once we can say “Eureka”.

  4. Wesley Says:

    Really starting to feel like there won’t be a season.

  5. BucsFanForever Says:

    There were 13,837 new cases in Florida on 7/15/20. Of that total, 5,440 were in Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties. Locally, Hillsborough had 538 and Pinellas 291.

    California just went back into ‘lockdown’ but the California Governor has made no statement (that I’ve seen) since April when he said that if the season does start, it will not be with fans in attendance in California.

    As far as vaccines, two companies in the U.S. start Phase 3 (the final phase) in July and the Oxford, England trial is in Phase 3 and expected to finish in September 2020. We can only stand-by and hope.

  6. lowercaseg Says:

    99% survival rate

  7. Mike Says:

    Season will be played, if fans or what % of fans that are allowed to attend is the only question

  8. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    I just want my mofo money back for my season tickets that have been paid for months ago also save my seats for next season. I need that help financiallly 😣😔

  9. mark2001 Says:

    Lower…that number is too low…nationally about 4%…135000 deaths and 3,355,000 the math.

    But in any case, it is dependent on ICU services and current treatment with Remdesiver and with steroids. And we might run out of Remdesiver by October.. Are already running out of hospital beds. Deniers may the football season… deal with it.

  10. BucsFanForever Says:

    Pryda…the city of Philadelphia just informed the Eagles that they could play in 2020, but without fans. No word from the Eagles yet on refunds. Packers, Bills and Steelers have all told fans there will be reduced seating and offered refunds to season ticket holders. The Jaguars have told fans attendance will be 25% of capacity with full refunds for those want that. No word from Dolphins or Bucs…yet.

  11. stpetebucsfan Says:


    All solid posts.

    There is one sad fact for me…although it’s crying over spilt milk…this didn’t have to be this bad. Other countries did so much better.

    This will be viewed by historians as the mask plague. People just couldn’t tolerate wearing a mask.

    BTW…This is really nothing new…we’ve seen it before. In the 1918 Spanish FLu there was a group in California that was set up to fight wearing masks for that plague.

    And do we remember Mary Mallon…probably know her better as “Typhoid Mary”. All the talk about asymptomatic transmission started with her back in the 1918 Flu. She was a cook believed to have infected 53 people…three of whom died. She was the very first discovery by the medical profession, at least the first identified asymptomatic carrier.

    Asymptomatic transmission…contact tracing…been there done that.

  12. gp Says:


  13. I have the sniffles... time for a lockdown Says:

    My goodness I have the sniffles! I am SO concerned I have “the sickness” that 98.9% of the people recover from!

  14. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Sad, but a good call.

  15. Bradinator Says:

    It is near the top of my bucket list to attend a Bucs Training Camp. It wouldn’t have been this year though in any case. I feel bad for the folks that live there that look forward to going every year. Stinks, but if we have a season to look forward to, maybe it’s worth the price.
    Joe, any word on media access for Training Camp. I live for the daily reports. I know it’s mostly underwear football…but it’s football just the same!

  16. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    Tick, tick tick! We are getting close to “Reality Date”. That’s when you guys are going to wake up and realize the season very likely will not happen- -at all.
    That big refrigerated truck parked next to Tampa General or elsewhere is a temporary morgue! That’s when deaths overwhelm the regular facilities. Already in Texas and AZ.
    The bubble concept the NBA is attempting has a possibility of working if they can keep those young, healthy, millionaires in their room. May I remind some here that the NBA squad is less than 20 including coaches. The comparable NFL squad is at least 100. No bubble for them. No 32 big bubbles either.
    Wanting something very much is NOT the guarantee that it will happen.

  17. mark2001 Says:

    We need to get online schooling in place, so some of these guys touting 99 or 98 percent recovery can take a course in forth grade math… check the stats…nationally about 4% mortality rate…135000 deaths and 3,355,000 cases..Amazing the number of people that love to drop stats that can’t even do simple math. No wonder we are on a knifes edge regarding this great game for this year.

    And BTW…the “recovery rate” doesn’t include those recovering that have continuing conditions, after escaping the worst of it. Nor does it include the financial disaster many hospitals, insurance companies, and families are facing because of the disease spreading by the deniers and downplaying crowd.

  18. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    This is the exact reason I didn’t buy season tickets this year. Very glad I didn’t. After getting out of the service I was stoked to be able to get season tickets. Bummed… they should give refunds I don’t see how they can’t.

  19. DislocatedBucsFan Says:


    The hospitals and insurance companies are getting huge subsidies from the gov.

  20. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Florida is tracking the quantity of rem state wide. D there’s been a shortage of decadon for months. This steroid shortage started we’ll before covid

  21. mark2001 Says:

    Dislocated…not nearly enough. Covid cost US hospitals $200 billion through June…Marketwatch June 19…not exactly a liberal media source…

    “Chartis Center for Rural Health, a Chicago-based management-consulting firm. It found that 453 of the country’s 2,000 rural hospitals were in danger of closing and 216 were identified as “most vulnerable.”

    “It’s no exaggeration to say the sky is falling,” he said. “We’re already starting to see major hot spots in rural areas in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see this is bad.””

    Insurance? ” COVID-19 could cost insurers up to $547B through 2021: report. The estimated costs for treating COVID-19 could add up as much as $547 billion for private insurers from 2020 to 2021 depending on the rate of infection, an updated report found.Jun 8, 2020″

    Honestly…where do you get your news?

  22. mark2001 Says:

    Dislocate…I bellieve you mean Decadron? Dexamethasone is the Covid19 steroid that seems to work, and we seem to have a developing shortage of that as well.

    And BTW…monitoring, and having a sufficient supply aren’t the same thing. When there is a shortage of anything…PPE, Decadron, Remdesivir, due to irresponsible behavior on the part of some Americans, monitoring when there is little to none available doesn’t accomplish much but to let you know when you are out.

  23. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    And the answer to Mark is: “crickets”

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    I think them making these training camp plans only SOLIDIFIES that there is going to BE a season.

    BUT you guys are still a hoot I didn’t read 1/2 your comments though….same old . same old, same old posters whining about no season.

    I just got back from Disney with my kid… went smoothly despite the heat!

    WHO wants to make a bet that there’s going to BE a season?

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    Again 80% of Florida has been placed on mandatory MASKS for all indoor public places for the past 3 weeks now….BUT we’re still seeing crazy numbers as if we’re not wearing any masks at all….

    How come smart guys?

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    I want a Gronk jersey…..let’s make a bet.

  27. mark2001 Says:

    1987….In Orlando as of two weeks ago, most businesses didn’t require customers to wear masks. Getting better not close to 80%. And customers are every bit or more of a problem to other customers than employees. Heck, even Walmart won’t require customers to until Monday. And even if you were accurate, 80% isn’t enough…One person can effect multiple people from hour to hour. And how many people are in Florida? 21 million? So that would be be about 4 million people walking around daily affecting others. You think that is fine?

    Just remember..the number one purpose of masks is to keep from infecting others…multiple others. How many people need to tell you that masks, other than isolation, is currently the best way to curb this virus? Of course, some would rather see shutdowns and more isolation. But I prefer to be more back to normal, with the inconvenience of a face mask. If we don’t get this under control with masks, we will eventually see the other, especially with no real possibility of herd immunity working, and no vaccine available to you or me until next year. Lets not shut things down. I want football, among other things.

  28. gp Says:

    The gullible rarely believe they are gullible and the closed-minded don’t believe they are closed-minded

  29. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    GP, are you using yourself as an example?

  30. gp Says:

    case in point