Actual attendance for Bucs-Redskins preseason game: 9,457
If you were a big enough Bucs fans to brave the steady, heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Hermine on Wednesday night, you probably looked around and wondered: Exactly how many fans are actually out here?
The answer, directly from the Tampa Sports Authority: 9,457 -- not only is the fourth preseason game the one with the least actual starters playing, but the Bucs had to shift the game from Thursday night to Wednesday on just 48 hours' notice to dodge the storm's expected landfall, and a full day of heavy rain likely scared off many of those still planning to attend.
It's a much different number from the announced attendance of 42,996, a number that NFL teams release base on total tickets distributed, not the actual turnstile count. The weather has impacted many things in the Tampa Bay area, with no school in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties today.
The Bucs did a nice thing Wednesday night, making sure that all fans who had seats in the upper deck moved down into empty seats on the lower level.