Buccaneers actual attendance today lower than Cincy-USF
The Bucs announced a sellout crowd today of 62,422 at Raymond James Stadium.
But one glance at the stands told you the actual number fans on hand was much fewer, like nearly 20,000 people fewer.
The Tampa Sports Authority, which manages the stadium, tells us the actual attendance today was 42,847, a shockingly low number even for a winless team. On Thursday night, the University of South Florida drew an actual crowd of 55,073 for its loss to then-No. 8 Cincinnati.
The team avoided a television blackout when it announced on Wednesday that all tickets would be sold. But it has long been speculated the team was making arrangements to account for unsold tickets whether with the local television affiliates or companies that intend to buy advertising during the broadcast. The team has taken a no-comment stance on matters related to ticket sales and refuses to disclose how many season tickets it has sold for 2009.
This news does not bode well for the remainder of the season. The Bucs have four home games remaining and presumably will have trouble selling tickets if the team's play continues to be wretched.