Single-game tickets for Bucs-Bears game already gone
Just two days into individual single-game tickets being available for purchase, all seats for the Bucs' Nov. 13 home game against the Chicago Bears have been sold according to Ticketmaster, leaving fans to buy either season tickets or from the secondary market.
The Bears game was the fastest of the Bucs' eight home games to sell after tickets went on sale at $50 each Thursday morning. Chicago also played in Tampa last year and drew an announced crowd of 63,734, within 700 fans of the largest home attendance of the season.
By no coincidence, the Bucs-Bears game is drawing the highest minimum price for tickets on the secondary market -- starting at $61 on Ticketmaster's "Ticket Exchange" resale site, and $63 on Stubhub.com. The next-highest price is $52/$54 for the Bucs' season finale against the NFC champion Carolina Panthers. The cheapest seat on Stubhub is a Thursday night home game against the Falcons -- where the Bucs will induct John Lynch into their Ring of Honor -- which is drawing just $42.
The early ticket sales are encouraging, after the Bucs announced in February that they were raising ticket prices for the first time in eight years. The Bucs averaged an announced 61,560 fans at 2015 home games, ranking 26th in the NFL, their best ranking since 2008. That average was up about 2,000 from the 2014 season, when the Bucs went 2-14.