TAMPA — A television set is the only thing Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans will need to watch the Lovie Smith era unfold.
The Bucs on Monday announced they are lifting the local television blackout for every home game this season, including two preseason games.
The announcement came after the Bucs determined they will pass the NFL’s threshold of selling 85 percent non-premium tickets for the majority of the team’s regular-season games at Raymond James Stadium, including the Sept. 7 season opener against the Carolina Panthers.
“Not everyone can come to a game, so to be able to watch it on TV is important for us,” coach Lovie Smith said. “We feel like we are going to put a good product on the field and we want as many people as possible able to watch it.”
Tampa Bay plays its first home preseason game Saturday against the Miami Dolphins. That and the Aug. 28 preseason home game against the Washington Redskins will be televised live on WFLA, News Channel 8.
The announcement does not mean all Bucs home games are sold out. Individual game tickets in most price categories remain available for all games except the Dec. 21 matchup against Green Bay, which is sold out.
Season pass member packages also remain available. Visit www.buccaneers.com for ticket information.