TAMPA — Consider Bucs season-ticket holders officially part of the new age.
The team announced a new procedure on Friday that requires general season-ticket holders to use an access card to enter Raymond James Stadium, meaning they no longer will be sent tickets.
One card will be issued for each season ticket owned.
The team said the idea is to streamline the process while providing the flexibility of forwarding tickets to friends and family via e-mail through the account manager tool at buccaneers.com.
The procedure eliminates the need to keep track of nine individual tickets (two preseason and seven regular-season games), said Jason Layton, senior director of sales and finance.
If tickets are preferred, access-card holders can print them through the Bucs' Web site; their card would be deactivated for that game. The printout will have a bar code that is scanned at the gate.
Where the new system could be problematic is with fans who want to sell their tickets. That would likely require buyers to be content with accepting a paper printout voucher rather than a conventional ticket, which is easier to authenticate. The Bucs declined to address the possibility of multiple copies of individual printouts or counterfeit bar codes.
The team announced no changes for single-game tickets, which went on sale Friday. Tickets remained available for all games as of Friday evening. The team is continuing to offer season tickets, possibly indicating that a plethora remain.