The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be hosting the San Francisco 49ers this weekend at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers, after starting the season by losing their first eight games, have won four of their last five. The 49ers will come into Tampa after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Candlestick Park last week. From what seemed like a blowout just a few weeks ago, this game has turned into one that could end up being competitive. In Week 9, Tampa Bay took the Seahawks to overtime in Seattle before losing 27-24. Buccaneers fans appear to be hoping for the same type of game against the Niners, at least from the trend of ticket prices.
The average ticket price for the game between the Buccaneers and 49ers is $159, with a “get-in” price of $68. Average price of the game has risen 10% over the past week. The game is also 69% above the average price for Buccaneers home games this season. That’s a lot of optimism and excitement for a team that seemed destined to fire their coach just a few weeks ago. Though the price is up for Tampa Bay home games, this game is 32% below the average price for 49ers tickets on the road.
The Buccaneers have turned around an offense that looks nothing like what was envisioned at the beginning of the season. An offense that was supposed to be led by Doug Martin and Josh Freeman now relies on Bobby Rainey and Mike Glennon. The change has helped, though: Tampa scored 17 points just once during Freeman’s three games at quarterback, and have scored under 17 only three times in Glennon’s 10 starts.
A game against the 49ers defense certainly will be a big test for the offense. Against Carolina’s defense in Week 13, the Buccaneers were only able to score six points. San Francisco will pose a similar obstacle, as they have given up the third fewest points per game in the league this season.
Still, the possibility of a competitive game against San Francisco is not something many Buccaneers fans were not thinking was an option back in September. That seems to have changed and Tampa Bay fans are buying tickets for this game in high demand.