TAMPA, Florida— There were plenty of open seats for Wednesday night’s soaker pre-season finale between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.
The two teams decided to move up the game originally scheduled for Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium by one day to avoid the most severe of Tropical Storm Hermine’s forecast weather.
The Buccaneers have not yet released the official attendance for Wednesday night’s game but a loyal group of fans braved the elements to attend, some even tailgating before kickoff.
“I was not going to miss this week,” said Bucs fan Matt Lupori of St. Petersburg. “Rain or shine we were coming.”
Most fans arrived in ponchos and raincoats. One fan was spotted wearing a snorkel and diving mask.
Some players working to earn a spot on the regular season team roster told the PewterReport.com they were disappointed about playing the final pre-season game in less-than-ideal conditions.
A muddy field and wet ball can lead to mistakes and lost yardage especially for receivers. Defensive players, on the other hand, sometimes look forward to inclement weather because it can up the chances for turnovers.
Steady rains pounded fans for much of the first three quarters before the skies finally started clearing towards the end of the game.
Tampa Bay lost to the Redskins in a final score of 20-13. The Bus will travel to Atlanta to open their regular season on the road against the Falcons Sept. 11 at 1:00 p.m.