Fans looking to see Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys in the first game of the 2021 regular season will have to pay a high price for tickets.
According to Vivid Seats, the average cost of a ticket for Thursday night’s game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida is $ 582. It’s the highest price for a Buccaneers game in the last 10 years.
Plus, it’s the sixth most expensive ticket to any sporting event in Tampa Bay area sporting history, according to Vivid Seats. Ahead of the first game of the NFL regular season in 2021 are Super Bowls LV and XLII, the 2017 Collegiate National Championship Game and Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals.
The hefty price tag for the Buccaneers-Cowboys game may be due to the expectations surrounding both teams.
After winning the Super Bowl last season, Tampa Bay will begin their title defense and after a veritable offseason of preparation, Brady and company have had even more time to get comfortable with each other. As a result, Buccaneers fans should be confident in their team’s chances to repeat, especially with the return of several key players on both sides of the ball.
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Dallas will have Prescott behind center, adding interest to an already compelling matchup. The Dallas quarterback will play for the first time since the broken ankle he suffered in Week 5 of last season.
The 28-year-old Texan quarterback said he was excited to return to the field after recovering from injury and a shoulder ailment during the preseason, however, he will not have one of his best protectors, as offensive lineman Zack Martin will not play after enter the protocols for COVID-19.
The city of Tampa has gotten used to big events in the last year. The NHL Bucs and Lightning held championships in recent months and the Major League Baseball Rays played in the World Series.