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Bucs offering free seats to season-ticket holders after smallest crowd in 8 years

The Tampa Sports Authority reported the attendance at Sunday's game was 40,682 fans even though Raymond James Stadium has a capacity of 65,890.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate celebrates his touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 25 ,2018, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. – What started as a promising season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has gone south fast.

In fact, attendance has been so low that the team is offering season ticket holders two free tickets each to Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

The deadline for these free tickets is 5 p.m. Thursday.

Come to Sunday's Buccaneers-Panthers game. Bring two friends along, too, while you're at it.

This complimentary ticket offer comes on the heels of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers — a 27-9 win that ended a four-game losing streak for Tampa Bay — during which the team had its lowest attendance figure in more than eight years.

Only the Cincinnati Bengals (52,844) and the Los Angeles Chargers (35,202) have lower average home attendance numbers than the Buccaneers (55,181) this season, according to attendance data from Pro Football Reference.

The offer, sent to season-ticket holders, says defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul challenged all fans to come out saying, "It’s our house. We love the fans’ support, but we need EVERYBODY here!"

The limited amount of seats are first-come, first served and must be claimed by today. As far as the general public goes, it doesn't appear there are any discounts with the cheapest seats for Sunday's game starting at $60.

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