Buccaneers fans had to sit on their hands at home and watch in 2020. This was one of the hardest things to have ever done as a fan of those lovable pirates. Getting to a safer place was always priority #1, last season. It just so happens that if your one of the thirty-one other teams in the NFL. Playing against the 2020 NFL Champion Buccaneers squad, most definitely was not that “safer place”. It’s starting to look like attending Buccaneer games this season will be 100% go for launch.
This last Saturday night was the Canelo Alvarez, Billie Joe Saunders fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In what may have been the largest indoor event since the start of the pandemic. The event was attended by 73,126 patrons. In fact, This Alvarez/Saunders fight is the largest indoor boxing event in US history.
What does any of that have to do with your Buccaneers? Well. For one thing. As vaccinations have been distributed. Social distancing remained the norm. As Winter turned to Spring, and now Summer, football season approaches. After spending the championship season from afar in 2020. Buccaneer fans, as well as the rest of the league, are ready for some “in person” football.
Let’s Get Ready To Rumble
The league will announce the 2021 schedule dates and times this Wednesday, May 12th. Be sure to join Harry the Greek and myself on The Over/Under, as we break down the schedule, and start making those 2021 plans.
Baseball stadiums, NBA arenas, hockey rinks. All are starting to allow fans back in for events. There are going to be states, counties, etc., that will maintain limited, partial, and in some cases, no attendance. Short of a flare up, or any other unforeseen situation, Raymond James Stadium will not be one of those. Buccaneers fans have no reason to not expect capacity crowds for home games in 2021. Which for Raymond James Stadium is right around 65,890 fans.
Before Saturday’s fight in Texas. The largest indoor crowd for a fight was 63,350 patrons in the Louisiana Superdome in 1978. A rematch between Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks. Former champion Joe Frazier sang the national anthem that night. Ali would defeat Spinks unanimously in the 15 round fight.
It may not be Ali vs Spinks, but the Louisiana Superdome will host the Bucs vs Saints this season. Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The Saints better watch out, because the Bucs are going for three.