Bucs fans upset with long concession stand lines

5:43 PM, Sep 12, 2011   |    comments
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TAMPA-- For a team struggling to fill its home stadium each week, making the fans who do show up angry may not be the way to start selling out.

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home opener on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, some fans tell 10 News they spent 30 minutes to an hour waiting in line for concessions.

Others say they got in line just before halftime and missed most of the 3rd quarter waiting.

On Facebook, Amy wrote it took "forever, and then I was told they ran out of ice."

Alison wrote, "My season tickets are in section 327 and concessions were unbelievable up there.  I bought the refill glass and then could never get a refill."

The issues also came during a game with 15,000 empty seats, leaving some fans wondering what would happen the next time a game sells out?

The Bucs did not return calls for comment on this story.

The offices of the team's vendor, Levy Restaurants, were closed on Monday.

A spokesperson from their Chicago headquarters would not answer specific questions, instead offering a statement.

"We strive to create a great game day experience for all fans who visit Raymond James Stadium. We welcome the feedback from our guests and will continue to do everything we can to make improvements and enhance the overall experience for our guests.  We're looking forward to the upcoming season and providing Buccaneers fans with the game day experience that they expect and enjoy."

Some fans, though, say they've already had enough.

Ray wrote to us, "No more concessions for us until they change the vendor."

Pam said, "I may have to rethink tickets next season."

Sandy posted, "Now I have a better understanding of why games are never sold out!"

This isn't the first time the Bucs have had issues. The problems were so bad at the team's first preseason game against New England that fans were given half price food and drinks at Sunday's game as an apology.

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