Fans no doubt got excited to hear the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be welcoming fans back to training camp in 2021. Some might have been a little less excited after seeing the restrictions.
The silver lining to all of this is things are getting more and more back to the way they were before COVID-19 caused widespread shutdowns and restrictions across all avenues of society, and especially in sports.
As much as things are getting back to normal, there are still cautious steps being taken, and the restrictions on how many fans and how they’ll be selected to attend is one of those.
“We are thrilled to welcome back our most tenured season pass members and our great corporate partners to AdventHealth Training Center for training camp this year as we continue preparations for this much-anticipated follow up to last year’s historic season,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “With the return of fans to training camp and a sold-out crowd for the upcoming season at Raymond James Stadium, the excitement surrounding Buccaneers football is stronger than ever. The energy that the fans bring to our team creates a special atmosphere that our players feed off of and we can’t wait to see that passion on display once again.”
General admission will not be available for training camp as those gaining access will be limited to season pass members, suite owners, stadium club members, and premium seat holders and sponsors.
Surely there is some grumbling about this. After all, those people are also the ones who have tickets and the ability to see the team during the season. So why not open training camp to those who may not otherwise be able to witness their Bucs in action?
The short answer is because that’s how it’s always been done. There are perks to being in one of the categories above, and in post-COVID recovery, this is one of them. I won’t pretend this fact will make anyone who can’t go feel any better. It just is what it is at this point.
There are other opportunities by way of special camp audiences. Again, via the same article on the team site from Smith, those dates are as follows:
- Thursday, August 5: Military Day presented by USAA
- Friday, August 6: Women of Red
- Monday, August 9: Community Day – Special Olympics/Arians Foundation
The same announcement also officially declared the Buccaneers’ schedule joint practice days with the Tennessee Titans, set to take place on August 17th and 18th.
For those who can’t attend camp practices, there will be a “Training Camp Live” show on the team site, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.
Of course, as those of us here at Bucs Nation attend, we’ll also do our best to keep all Buccaneers fans as up-to-date as possible.
If all goes well this year, then this should be the runway needed to have full access open again for 2022’s training camp. And we can’t wait to see all of you back at the AdventHealth Training Center.