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Bryan Glazer says it’s still too soon to know if Bucs games will be sold out or blacked out

Posted Aug 4, 2012 by Roy Cummings

Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 07:41 PM


The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – Buccaneers co-chairman Brian Glazer said fans have responded positively to the lowering of ticket prices and the hiring of new coach Greg Schiano but he’s not sure the end result with be a sold out Raymond James Stadium.

Speaking before the start of the Bucs Saturday night practice at Raymond James Stadium, which drew a crowd estimated to be around 20,000, Glazer said it’s still too soon to know just how well the Bucs will draw this year.

“We want to get a home field advantage and get the place packed, that’s our goal,’’ Glazer said. “And there has been a reaction (from the fans), but we still have a ways to go.’’

The Bucs sold out only two regular season home games last year - against Dallas and Indianapolis – forcing them to black out all the others on local TV, with the exception of their nationally televised game in London against Chicago.

The Bucs recently took advantage of a new league rule allowing teams to show home games on local TV if they sell 85-percent of the general admissions seats, but Glazer said he can’t predict what the result of that will be.

“We want to give our fans every opportunity to watch home games on TV this year,’’ Glazer said. “But I cannot stand here today and predict how many that will be. But we are hopeful there will be more home games on TV than last year.’’

Glazer said he believes the economy is still having a negative effect on Bucs ticket sales. He noted, though, that he is confident fans, “when they can come and afford to come, will come back. I know they will.’’

Glazer said he was pleased with the turnout for the night practice, which was combined with the team’s annual fan fest event, which allowed fans to get autographs from players for two hours prior to the start of the workout.

“I feel great about the team,’’ said Glazer, whose family spent more than $137 million in free agency last offseason to add, among others, wide receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright.

“You watch some of these guys like a Vincent Jackson and he’s a really, really great talent. And then you have Carl, who is a big man and he’s really going to help block for (quarterback) Josh (Freeman).

“And then Josh himself, I walk by him and I don;t know if I recognize him anymore. He’s really trimmed down and he’s really got himself ready for the start of the season.’’

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