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No fans at Ray Jay for at least the first two games

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced there will be no fans in attendance to start the 2020 season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The anticipation for Buccaneers fans to see the new look Buccaneers led by Tom Brady will have to wait - at least, in person.

Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers will not allow fans inside Raymond James Stadium for at least the first two home games due to continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that the first opportunity Bucs fans may have to witness a game in person - in a limited capacity, of course - would be week six against the Green Bay Packers on October 18.

Brian Ford, the Bucs’ COO, said to season ticket holders in an open letter it’s “not yet the right time,” to allow fans in even at a limited capacity.

Per Greg Auman of The Athletic, the renovations at Ray Jay to accommodate fans during the COVID-19 pandemic - which is estimated at $10 million - are targeted to be ready at the end of October, putting the Packers game in jeopardy as well.

Ultimately, it will be disappointing for those who wished to be in the stadium for Tom Brady’s debut as a Buc, but having to sit home and watch it on television is a far better alternative than no season happening at all.

We’ve seen the success of the NBA and NHL in their respective bubbles while the MLB had issues early on in their season with positive tests. The NFL is going to do all they can to ensure that we not only get a season but that there won’t be an outbreak that puts the season in jeopardy. Restricting fan attendance may be an unfortunate side effect of this focus on health, but again - it’s better than getting no season at all after all the improvements the Buccaneers made this off-season.