Super Bowl celebration, several other themes on tap for Bucs games this fall
The Bucs this morning announced plans to open sales of individual-game tickets later this week, a process that will go a long way toward determining the commitment level of many average fans to attend more games.
But in addition to that, the Bucs made official plans to celebrate the most important achievement in the team’s history: The 2002 Super Bowl victory.
We’re already nearly 10 years removed from that euphoric night in San Diego, and the Bucs are going to mark the occasion with a celebration scheduled for the Dec. 9 game against the Eagles. We don’t yet know what the event will entail, but it presumably will involve many members of that championship team.
And no, it’s not a coincidence that the Super Bowl win will be marked when the Bucs play the Eagles. I don’t have to tell you it was the crushing defeat the Bucs handed the Eagles at Veterans Stadium in the 2002 NFC Championship Game that propelled the Bucs to the Super Bowl, where they defeated the Oakland Raiders.
There are several other special events scheduled during other games that you might already be aware of.
We’ve previously told you about plans to honor Ronde Barber’s 200th consecutive start during the Sept. 9 season opener against the Panthers (the Bucs are offering several perks such as some free parking and reduced concessions prices).
On Oct. 14, when the Bucs host the Chiefs, Paul Gruber will become the newest member of the Ring of Honor, joining Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay and Jimmie Giles.
And on Oct. 21 against NFC South rival New Orleans, the Bucs will play their fourth consecutive “throwback” game, complete with the orange Bucco Bruce uniforms.
All of this is loosely related to the franchise’s efforts to get fans more engaged, enticing them to come to Raymond James Stadium more often after several years of struggles.
Speaking of which, given the reduced or flat ticket prices and the other various efforts by the Bucs, how likely are you to come out for games this fall?