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Bucs have precious few playoff tickets for sale. Here’s why

The team is selling some (but not many) tickets for Sunday’s divisional game against the Rams.
Fans cheer in the stands during the Bucs' wild-card playoff game against the Eagles last weekend at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs won, 31-15.
Fans cheer in the stands during the Bucs' wild-card playoff game against the Eagles last weekend at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs won, 31-15. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jan. 20|Updated Jan. 20

Now that the playoffs have commenced, a segment of Bucs fans are venting frustration at the team for having only a handful of tickets available for Sunday’s divisional playoff game, even as the secondary market remains rife with them.

But the fact is, it’s not anything that hasn’t been happening all season long.

The team announced in June it had sold out of season passes for the 2021 season. Brian Ford, the Bucs’ chief operating officer, confirmed Thursday that season-pass holders have first priority for all home playoff contests, including Sunday’s game against the Rams.

The team has had some returns on season passes, however, and those few tickets are available at buccaneers.com.

Those for sale on the secondary market presumably were placed there by season-ticket holders themselves and have existed for every home game this season. Hence the reason Raymond James Stadium was teeming with Cowboys, Bears and Bills fans at various points in the season.

Rams fans, by contrast, are not known for traveling en masse. Toss in the presumption that an overwhelming majority of season-pass members would desire to attend a playoff game instead of selling their tickets, and any blue-and-gold contingent likely will be scarce Sunday.

“We’re excited to go back out there, run through the tunnel and see all of our fans out there again,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said Wednesday.

“The Krewe is going to be loud, they’re going to be proud, and it’s going to be another great atmosphere. It’ll be another football atmosphere this Sunday. It’s going to be a good time.”

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