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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ solution to boost attendances: free tickets

Following their worst-attended home game since 2010, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found a remedy to boost crowds: free tickets.

The NFL team attracted a crowd of just 40,682 for the San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday, the lowest for any regular-season home game since November 2010, when their fixture against the Carolina Panthers drew 39,781.

Now the team are offering season-ticket members two complimentary tickets each – from a limited pool – for Sunday’s game against the Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We have always looked for ways to add to the fan experience, and this offer is just another example of our desire to bring added value to our season-pass members,” Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford told The Tampa Bay Times.

The Bucs currently have the third-lowest average attendance in the NFL, ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Chargers.