The Carolina Panthers and the L.A. Chargers. Those were the Bucs first two home games this season and unfortunately for fans, Raymond James Stadium will be empty as the team cites concern for the health and safety of fans, players, staff, and the community. The team felt it was too soon to be playing football games with fans in attendance due to the coronavirus.
Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford said, "Based on our conversations with local officials, we have determined that it is not yet the right time to welcome fans back to Raymond James Stadium." (Via TB Times)
At capacity, Ray J holds up to 65,890 fans.
Should the coronavirus cases continue to decline in the Tampa area, the team hopes to allow fans to attend games by week 6 (October 18th) against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Fans will have to wait to see the prized free agent acquisitions of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and LeSean McCoy.
Ray J is 75% complete in the COVID-19 modifications around the stadium. Modifications that include touch-free toilets and sinks, hand sanitizing stations, and signs. The Bucs received roughly $10.4 million in federal funding through CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act.
The team had been planning on having 14,000 fans for Bucs games and 10,000 for USF games.
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