The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invited the fans into the friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium Saturday night for Fan Fest. The event comingled with a practice that was delayed because of nearby lightning strikes. During the event, Tampa co-owner Bryan Glazer had a chance to sound off about how things are going at One Buc Place.
Among the main topics of discussion with Glazer were the Bucs new investments.
“I feel great about the team. You watch some of these guys like Vincent Jackson, and Carl Nicks, he’s a big man.”
Glazer quickly moved to new head coach Greg Schiano.
“He’s been beyond our expectations. He came here and he’s really taken to the community. The fans have taken to him in such a way that’s been great. The players who have been here before, plus the players who are new are really responding to him.”
One of the more intriguing topics of the last month has been the team’s willingness to bend in the blackout issue. The organization dropped the sales threshold to 85 percent for the coming season. Last year, five home games were blacked out. Glazer did not shy away from the subject.
“We’ve lowered prices. We’ve made it affordable as best we can for all the fans. There’s been a reaction that, but we still have a ways to go. We want to give our fans every opportunity to win as many games as they can this year. But I cannot stand here today and predict how many there will be. But we’re hopeful there will be more games on television than last year.”
“The economy is very tough here. We have been hit harder than almost any other community in the county, as you know. So these are Buc fans, and when they can afford to come, they’ll come. I’m excited. I know they’re going to fill this place up.”
Glazer admitted a level of community excitement that has built around Fan Fest.
“The fans that came last year had a great time. I think word of mouth has spread about this event and how great it is. They get to see the players practice and they get a great fireworks show when it’s done. We added the autographs this year and that went really well. . . I think it’s gone really well and I think we want to build a tradition around this event. Once a year we have this big event and celebrate the return of the season.”
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