Most expensive Bucs ticket in 2016? So far, it's Bears over Broncos
The Bucs' first home game is still more than three months off, and single-game tickets likely won't go on sale for another month, but if the secondary market is any indication, the Bears are the most expensive ticket among Tampa Bay's eight home games in 2016.
The least expensive tickets for the Nov. 13 Bucs-Bears game at Raymond James Stadium are about $20 more than any other game's cheapest seats on three major ticket resale sites. It's impressive, considering the Bears played in Tampa just last year, while other visiting teams have been away for close to a decade.
On Ticketmaster's "Ticket Exchange" site, Bears tickets start at $79, with the next highest game Tampa Bay's home opener against the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams at $60 each. On Stubhub.com, Bears tickets start at $77, and the next highest tickets are three games at $57 each -- the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos, who play in Tampa for the first time since 2004, the defending NFC champion Panthers, and the Seahawks, who haven't played in Tampa since 2010. On Ticketcity.com, Bears-Bucs draw a minimum $75, with the Seahawks closest at $55.
The Stubhub prices for cheapest available seats to Bucs games, from most expensive to least expensive: Bears $77, Broncos $57, Seahawks $57, Panthers $57, Rams $48, Saints $48, Raiders $46, Falcons $44.
Looking to see the Bucs on the road this fall? Tickets on the secondary market can be much less expensive -- on TIQIQ.com, tickets for the Bucs game at the Chiefs are as low as $21, with the Chargers ($30), Falcons ($36) and Cardinals ($37) road games all under $40 for resale. Most expensive? The Bucs' game at the Panthers starts at $68, followed by the 49ers ($66), Cowboys ($58) and Saints ($43).
For now, 2016 Bucs tickets for home games are only available through season tickets, which are also split into two five-game packages, and group sales for individual games. Individual single-game tickets are likely to go on sale next month, usually around the time the Bucs open training camp in late July.
Which Bucs game has the most tickets available? On the Ticketmaster site, the Broncos game has 3,239 tickets for sale, edging the Seahawks for the most available, while the home opener against the Rams has the fewest with 1,024.
Overall, the secondary market is down a bit for Bucs tickets from last year, when the excitement around rookie Jameis Winston pushed them to a premium. A year ago, tickets for Bucs-Cowboys were drawing $95 on Stubhub, Bucs-Bears $81 and Bucs-Giants $78, with the cheapest for any ticket at $47.