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Bucs extending free seat upgrades to season-ticket holders



With Raymond James Stadium well short of sellouts in all of this season's home games, the Bucs have been putting those empty seats to good use.

The team continues a practice it has used all season, extending upgrades to club seats for season-ticket holders with general-seating tickets. A team spokesman said the gesture will be offered to every season-ticket holder once during the season, giving them the option to sit in a premium area where tickets can cost more than twice as much as those in general-seating sections. Club seats allow access to sports bars, lounges, video walls and more, giving fans a vastly different gameday experience.

When their turn arrives, fans have been sent e-mails instructing them how to redeem their current seats for club seats prior to the game.

It's a pretty savvy trick and is in keeping with the creative methods the Bucs have employed to not only entice non-ticket holders to purchase tickets, but also to convince current ticket holders to keep theirs.

Maybe after experiencing the club level, some of the upgraded fans might deem it worth their money in the future. The Bucs said the response to the offers have been overwhelmingly positive.

Have any of you season-ticket holders out there taken advantage? Tell us about your experience.

[Last modified: Monday, December 13, 2010 5:23pm]


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