Eagles, Steelers designated “marquee” games for Bucs ticket holders

Published February 7

TAMPA — For the second year in a row, the Bucs will play host to the defending Super Bowl champions, and fans will have to pay a little extra to see the Eagles at Raymond James Stadium.

The Bucs' home games against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have been designated as "marquee" games, meaning ticket prices will be higher for those games as part of the team's variable pricing model.

Season tickets as a whole will be mostly higher — some as much as $500 per seat — according to a pricing map posted online Tuesday. Current season-ticket members were notified by email Tuesday that they must renew by March 15 to keep their 2017 pricing, or else they'll face a new and often higher pricing plan for 2018.

The team had gone eight years in a row without raising prices until 2016, and now has done so three straight years. The Bucs, who went a disappointing 5-11 last season, haven't been to the playoffs since 2007 and haven't won a playoff game since the Super Bowl in January 2003.

Lower-level tickets on the home side of the field are up about $250 per seat — the two center sections closest to the 50-yard line will go up from $1,350 to $1,600. Those same seats were $990 in 2015, an increase of 62 percent over three years.

Lower end-zone seats are up less, from $800 to $900, but the lower corner sections have among the largest increases, going from $950 to $1,300 per seat. Some lower-level sections on the visitors' side of the field remain unchanged from last season.

The cheapest upper-level tickets remain $450, and an additional eight sections of the upper level corners will be available for $500 per seat. The stadium's new "Stadium Club" seats vary, with some staying at the same price point and others up as much as $500.

Despite the dropoff in their record and talk of boycotts relating to player protests during the national anthem, the Bucs saw only a modest dropoff in attendance in 2017. The average announced home attendance, based on tickets distributed, dropped 1.1 percent to 59,952, while the average actual home attendance dropped 2.4 percent, to 51,912.

Tampa Bay finished 29th out of 32 NFL teams in average announced home attendance, down one spot from 28th in 2016.

Specific dates haven't been set for the Bucs' 2018 schedule — that won't happen until April — but the opponents have already determined. In addition to their regular divisional games, the Bucs will play host to the Eagles, Steelers, Redskins, 49ers and Browns, with road games at the Giants, Cowboys, Ravens, Bengals and Bears.