When the Buccaneers return to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Chargers, they will do so with fans in the stands.
According to the team, the game will be open to the longest-tenured season ticket holders and will serve as a soft opener for what the team eventually would like to see… 25 percent capacity. Due to the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no fans for the Bucs home opener last week.
“The safety of all involved has been our No. 1 priority throughout this process,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford via the Bucs’ website. “There simply is no way to replicate the energy and excitement that our fans provide for our players on the field. We remain thankful for the opportunity to experience this great season alongside our most passionate fans at Raymond James Stadium.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ plan to move into the final phase of reopenings. For the fans, it will be a familiar but different site. Of course, the number of fans will be minimal even when reaching 25 percent capacity. In addition, social distancing measures will be implemented in the stadium as well as increased mobile access to payments and other stadium features.
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