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Tom Brady signing inspires ticket surge at NFL’s Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers has seen a surge in season ticket demand due to the imminent arrival of NFL legend Tom Brady.

The 42-year-old quarterback departed New England Patriots earlier this week after a two-decade stint in which he inspired six Super Bowl wins.

Reports circulated that Brady will move to Florida’s Buccaneers on a $30m-per-year deal, with his signing confirmed on Friday.

Just minutes after the rumours circulated, an online queue of 2,400 fans gathered to purchase season passes. Media reports suggest this soon grew to 6,000.

Ticket packages range in price from roughly $462 to more than $3,800 for two seats, according to the Buccaneers’ ticketing platform.

The signing is likely to have a major impact on Tampa Bay’s attendance at Raymond James Stadium. The team ranked 30th out of the NFL’s 32 teams in 2019-20 with an average crowd of under 52,000 fans per game at its 65,600-capacity stadium.

According to figures from Statista, Tampa Bay tickets had the fifth lowest average ticket resale price in 2019-20 of $82.59. Brady’s former team, the Patriots, were second top of the list on $127.04 behind only the Los Angeles Chargers on $165.77.

The Buccaneers have not won a single playoff game since their lone 2002 Super Bowl triumph, and have not reached the post-season for 12 years.

The 2020-21 NFL season is scheduled to begin in September 2020.

Image: Tom Brady (Twitter)