NFL American football team Tampa Bay Buccaneers is giving away free tickets to its upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers, following one of the worst-attended game to date last week.

Team officials told ESPN that season ticket holders have received a notice indicating that they are eligible to receive two free tickets for Sunday’s game and can opt in up until Thursday.

With a limited number of free seats available, not all season pass holders will get the offer and it is being managed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Buccaneers’ win over the San Francisco 49ers last week saw a recorded attendance of 40,682 at the 66,000-capacity Raymond James Stadium, though paid attendance reached 50,436.

However, the team’s chief operating officer Brian Ford claims that the free tickets are not in response to the low turnout, but rather as gifts for the holiday season.

“It’s just another example of us trying to provide added value to our season pass members. We’ve done this in the past, and it’s been very well-received,” Ford said, adding that the team is “ranked No. 1 in overall customer satisfaction (through the NFL-commissioned ‘Voice of the Fan’ survey) four of the past six years because we aren’t afraid of trying new ways of improving our fan experience.”

The Buccaneers are averaging 55,181 fans per home game in 2018, sitting in 30th position in the league for attendance.

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