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Bucs will battle attendance problem with lower ticket prices

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have struggled with attendance as much as any team in the league in recent years, announced a reduction in prices for many of their 2012 tickets on Wednesday.

Prices on 80 percent of the seats at Raymond James Stadium will be reduced next season, while others will remain the same for the fourth straight year, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

General admission tickets for children, currently at $17.50, will cost $15, and some adult general admission tickets that currently cost $35 will be reduced to $30.

Discounts for season tickets versus individual games will increase, and some lower-level end zone seats, which currently cost $89, will be reduced to $75.

Also, season-ticket holders will see their food and beverage discount raised to 15 percent from 10 percent.

"Listening to our fans, the overwhelming recommendation they made is more value and more options between the most affordable seats and the most exclusive," said Bucs co-chairman Ed Glazer.

Only two of the Bucs' seven home games this season (the team played one "home game" in London this season) are expected to sell out. That means local fans have been unable to watch most of the team's home games on TV because of the NFL's blackout policy, which prohibits home games from being televised in the local market when not sold out 72 hours before kickoff.

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