TAMPA, Fla. — Coming off certainly one of their worst-attended video games of the previous decade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will probably be giving freely free tickets to this week’s recreation in opposition to the Carolina Panthers, group officers informed ESPN.

Season-ticket holders acquired notices that they’re eligible to obtain two free tickets Sunday and have till Thursday to decide in. The group mentioned there’s a restricted variety of seats, so not all season-ticket holders acquired the provide. It’s being finished on a first-come, first-served foundation.

Buccaneers linebacker Cameron Lynch appears to be like to rally the gang throughout Sunday’s residence recreation at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers rank 30th within the league in residence attendance this season. Roy Okay. Miller/Icon Sportswire

Paid attendance for the Bucs’ 27-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers final week was 50,436. The precise attendance recorded by the Tampa Sports activities Authority was 40,682. Raymond James Stadium seats almost 66,000. Bucs chief working officer Brian Ford mentioned the gesture was finished not in response to the poor turnout however as a present for the vacations.

“It is simply one other instance of us making an attempt to present added worth to our season go members. We have finished this previously, and it has been very well-received,” mentioned Ford, including that the group is “ranked No. 1 in total buyer satisfaction [through the NFL-commissioned “Voice of the Fan” survey] 4 of the previous six years as a result of we aren’t afraid of making an attempt new methods of bettering our fan expertise.”

The information was first reported by the Tampa Bay Occasions.

The Bucs (Four-7) are averaging 55,181 followers per residence recreation in 2018 — 30th within the league. The group averaged 59,952 followers in 2017, when the Bucs went 5-11, and 60,624 in 2016, after they went 9-7.

The Bucs have additionally had points with a big presence of opposing groups’ followers of their stadium, as seen in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night time Soccer. Lately, the group started to revoke season-ticket holders’ memberships if these followers continued to promote their tickets.

Prior to the Glazer household’s buying the Buccaneers in 1995, hiring each Tony Dungy and later Jon Gruden, free tickets had been usually left on automobile windshields exterior the outdated Tampa Stadium — and plenty of of them went untouched.

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