A three-game home winning streak, the defending NFC champions and a postgame concert have provided the necessary ingredients to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their third official sellout of the season.
The Bucs announced Tuesday that “100 percent” of the general, non-premium seats are gone for Sunday’s home finale against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium.
The team said earlier in the year that all home games would be on local television. Sunday’s Fox telecast begins at 1 p.m. on WTVT, Channel 13. The Bucs needed to sell 85 percent of general tickets to lift the blackout.
The Bucs have won four of their last five games after opening the season 0-8 and get a chance to play spoiler. A year after going to the Super Bowl, the 49ers are 9-4 and in a tight race for a playoff berth after a last-second victory over Seattle, which leads San Francisco by two games in the NFC West.
After the game, the team will host its second Faith and Football event featuring recording artists MercyMe. As part of the festivities, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and quarterback Dan Orlovsky will deliver inspirational messages, the team said.
Tampa Bay previously sold out the Oct. 13 game against Philadelphia and the Nov. 11 “Monday Night Football” game against Miami. The Bucs lost to the Eagles and beat the Dolphins.
“It should be a great atmosphere for what promises to be a great afternoon of football followed by a very entertaining postgame concert that the entire family can enjoy,” Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford said in a news release.
After Sunday, Tampa Bay concludes its season with games at St. Louis (Dec. 22) and New Orleans (Dec. 29).