Although majority of sports fans in Tampa Bay are frustrated at the looming lockout of the National Football League, there is no doubt in my mind that the USF Athletics Department is drooling over the opportunity that they will likely have this fall, to be the only option for nationally known football.
The Bulls have only been playing Division 1 football only since 2002 and they have established themselves as a successful program in the state of Florida with only one losing season in their history. However, their success has not been able to put large crowds into Raymond James Stadium with any consistency. This is where the lockout may be a Godsend for USF. With the possibility of no professional football in 2011, diehard football fans will have no where else to turn than College Football. It shouldn’t be a very hard sell for this athletic department to make, it is nothing more than, “You want it? We have it!”
One of the biggest points that USF has on their side is the cost, with the economy in the Tampa Bay area still recovering, fans who want to see live football do not need to put an additional mortgage on their home. USF season tickets start at just $65 for a 7 game home schedule which includes Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Miami and FAMU. While majority of Buccaneers tickets are lucky to cost that much for simply one game.