As teams around the country figure out their attendance protocol, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will allow 25% of fans to attend home games.
Close source tells me #Bucs are hoping for 25% capacity at Raymond James for all games, which includes filled luxury suits. First 8 rows from the field will be left empty. That’s the lead plan, buy are considering multiple options given state of flux with Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/ZS17l8GyLn
— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) July 20, 2020
Raymond James Stadium can fit roughly 65,000 fans, 25% would bring that number down to 16,000.
It is unclear which fans will get access to these seats. One can assume season ticket holders will get first dibs, but also remember that the first six to eight rows will section off for advertising. This will cause a logistical challenge, but nothing the team can’t figure out on time.
While this is some discouraging news, it could be worse. The New York Jets and Giants opted to have no fans in attendance for the 2020 season.
Giants and Jets games at MetLife Stadium are not expected to have fans in attendance per executive order by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy pic.twitter.com/zIbDpKhSat
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 20, 2020
Keep your fingers crossed that this protocol holds, or else it will be awfully quite when the Buccaneers kick off against the Panthers in week two.