The Tampa Bay Bucs played better football in 2016.
In 2017, fans will pay for it.
The Bucs have announced a rise in ticket prices for the second straight season, even though they again failed to make the playoffs. This year, the Bucs will play against New England and Atlanta at home, the two Super Bowl teams from a year ago. Carolina, who made it two years ago, will also come to town.
Other teams include New Orleans, the Giants, the Jets, the Lions and the Bears. The Bucs have a strong nucleus with Jameis Winston and Mike Evans.
“Feeding off the tremendous energy and excitement of the recently completed 2016 season, we know that our fans are already looking forward to what should be one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory,” said Bucs’ COO Brian Ford. “The upcoming 2017 season marks only the second time in the past nine years that we have had to increase (ticket prices). Our focus is always on providing our fans with a world-class atmosphere when they visit Raymond James Stadium and we are proud that we have been able to continue enhancing the game day experience while still maintaining one of the most affordable ticket prices in the NFL.”
The Bucs say that two-thirds of their increased seats will bre five dollars or less a game. The Bucs are still expected to be among the lowest third of the league.