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BUCS GET NEEDED TICKET GUARANTEE FROM COUNTY
Published May 4, 1995
The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 in favor of a plan to guarantee attendance at Bucs home games for the next two years, according to today's ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. The deal still "hinges on approval by the Tampa City Council." County Commission Chair Jim Norman said the guarantee gives Tampa the "chance to prove itself worthy" of an NFL team: "If this community does not put 55,000 fans in the stadium, we are all wasting our time." The agreement stipulates that if the team does not draw 55,000 or more to a game, the county and city will make up the difference -- up to 10,000 tickets per game. The county will pay 2/3 of the cost, the city 1/3. If the Bucs only average 45,000, the county could pay more than $1.3M. The last year the Bucs exceeded 55,000 was '90. Last year, the team averaged only 44,221. The Bucs already has sold 30,000 season tickets, well ahead of last year's 23,000. The team expects to reach 35,000 (Larry Dougherty, ST. PETE TIMES, 5/4).