If you're planning on watching the Buccaneers and Panthers season opener from your home or favorite watering hole on Sunday, you may want to reconsider. The Bucs said in an email to 10 news that they don't plan on releasing any ticket information until Thursday regarding the blackout.
The Buccaneers must meet the eighty-five percent general seating capacity at Raymond James Stadium by Thursday's afternoon deadline. If it is not met, fans with in a 75 mile radius will not be allowed to see the game unless they attend the event.
As reported on Friday, the Bucs were nearly 9,000 ticket sales short of the almost 45,000 seats required to televise the game in the Tampa Bay area. In the 2012 preseason, both Buccaneer home games were blacked out and in 2011 only two games at Raymond James Stadium were televised.
The Bucs have attempted to lure in fans for the season opener by cutting the cost of tickets, offering half price concessions on none alcohol items and free parking.