Mixed news on Bucs tickets
The Bucs released the details of their 2008 general ticket offerings today, and there's a mix of good and bad news.
The bad, though expected, news is that prices are on the rise -- again. Increases appear to have been made on every general-seating ticket. Last year's high of $76 will pale against this season's priciest general-seating ticket, which will sell for $99. That's an astonishing 30 percent increase. Most seats will cost between $5 and $10 more, according to a news release outlining the plans. This is the sixth consecutive season prices will increase.
The good news, however, will be welcomed by longtime season-ticket holders. Original season-ticket holders whose 10-year agreements expired with the 2007 season will not be required to put down an additional deposit. The remainder of their deposits -- first required in 1998 and equal to the price of the seat -- will continue to be refunded in increments of 5 percent per year. Also, the team is only requiring a three-year contract for those whose contracts have expired.
Regarding the prices, the cheapest general-seating ticket in 2007 was $31.50. In 2008, you can't get in the door for under $42 -- an increase of 33 percent.