Ticket price increase coming
UPDATED: 4:15 P.M.
Bucs fans can expect to pay more for tickets next season, general manager Bruce Allen confirmed Friday. Speaking at Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix, Ariz., Allen said details of the new ticket plan would be released soon but provided no details.
Also included in the announcement, which could come next week, will be information regarding renewal for charter seat deposits.
"We'll have something on it later,'' Allen said. "There was a lot of thought that went into it and discussion and planning. When you look at our situation, we'll be in the middle of the league with an increase (in terms of ticket prices) and if you study what the other teams have done over the last 10 years, you'll see it when they release the information.''
-- RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer
We're expecting some news on ticket prices for 2008 this afternoon, though we don't have any specifics just yet.
We should hear from general manager Bruce Allen as well, which is a pretty good indication there will be an increase in price. It's possible Allen is agreeing to do interviews to put the club's spin on the possible news of an increase, something that never goes over well with fans.
We're hoping for some explanation of the procedures for those of you who have reached the end of your 10-year commitments. Fans bought season tickets when Raymond James Stadium opened paid a 10-year seat deposit, 50 percent of which remains in escrow with the team. The 10-year period is now up, but there's been no word on whether the money will be refunded or rolled over toward future tickets.
We'll let you know as soon as we hear some details.