Fans wishing to see FB Mike Alstott and the Buccaneers in action this fall will want to dive in soon
An announcement by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday made it clear that tickets for Buccaneer games are in high demand. With the remaining number of season tickets for the 2000 campaign down to approximately 2,000, Raymond James Stadium will soon be sold out for the coming season. It is likely that the stadium will remain at full capacity for years to come.
In order to meet this heightened demand for 2000 season tickets, the Buccaneers have scheduled a weeklong Pick-a-Seat event at Raymond James Stadium from Saturday, April 8 through Friday, April 14. Each day, the stadium gates will open at 8:00 a.m., allowing prospective ticketholders to survey the remaining seats, personally select their desired locations and immediately make their purchases. A full complement of Buccaneer representatives will be on hand for the event, which lasts until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 8:00 p.m. each subsequent day or as supplies last.
Once all remaining season tickets are sold out the Buccaneers are planning a waiting list for fans that wish to purchase season tickets in the future. Similar waiting lists are common practice in NFL cities such as Green Bay and Washington, D.C., where every game has been sold out for decades.
The Buccaneers have also set aside a limited number of seats for individual game and group sales. Individual game tickets for this season will go on sale July 15 and 29.
Tampa Bay has an extremely attractive 2000 home schedule – five 1999 playoff teams, including Super Bowl Champion St. Louis – but, more importantly, have built a squad that is expected to remain competitive for years. The Buccaneers came within a few minutes of advancing to Super Bowl XXXIV last January and have their sights set on their first championship berth this coming January, when the 35th Super Bowl is played in Raymond James Stadium.
With much of the team's young core of talent signed to long-term contracts, the Bucs showed their desire to remain top competitors this offseason by adding Pro Bowl offensive linemen Jeff Christy and Randall McDaniel through free agency and bringing former Tennessee offensive coordinator Les Steckel on board. Tampa Bay General Manager has focused on improving the team's offense in 2000 in order to pair it with arguably the league's best defense, a unit that could be the first since the legendary Chicago defense of the mid-80s to earn a top-three ranking for four consecutive seasons.
The Buccaneers will pursue these lofty goals in 2000 in front of a packed house at every home game. Fans who wish to be in the house for all the excitement will need to act fast.