The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to sell just 1,000 ticket to sell out Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced today. Sellouts are a rare occasion for the Bucs, with local blackouts a frequent result from 2010 through 2012. Blackouts are no longer a factor thanks to changes in NFL rules, but the Bucs still only had full attendance at one game last season, averaging 90% of tickets sold -- one of the lowest percentages in the NFL.
So selling out against a lackluster team like the Titans is a pretty good indicator of the level of excitement in the area for this year's Bucs. No doubt that has a lot to do with Jameis Winston's debut, though, and we'll have to wait and see whether the team can keep up the (near-) sellouts in further home games.
One way for the team to make sure they sell out a lot of games: start winning. That draws crowds like nobody's business -- it may be hard to believe, but back when the Bucs were competitive every season, they actual had a waiting list for season tickets. I know, ludicrous, right?
The Tampa Bay area will support its Buccaneers. They just need to give them a reason to do so.