The NFC South rivalry between the Buccaneers and the Panthers has been long-running and definitely spiced up earlier this week, when former Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed with Carolina after being released by Tampa Bay. And now, for the teams, the league and the efforts to continue having intriguing games in their London series, the Tampa Bay-Carolina matchup set for October across the Atlantic has already sold out.
The announcement came via the NFL’s UK social media that as tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. local time Thursday morning for Bucs vs. Panthers and Bears vs. Raiders the week before, they sold out the allotment in under an hour:
NFL Season Tickets for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are now sold out.
If you were unsuccessful in securing tickets today there will be a hospitality onsale from 10am 18th June followed by individual game onsale from 10am 27th June.
More info to follow.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) June 6, 2019
This game will be held just outside of London at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which a venue that the NFL has used in the past for its NFL International Series games. It is believed that the allotment of tickets sold Thursday was in excess of 60,000 for the match up. Capacity at the Stadium in 62,000 for Hotspurs soccer.
The game is officially one of the eight Buccaneer home games and it is the third time the Tampa Bay has hosted the game in England in their history. The previous two times were against the Patriots in 2009 (photo above) and then the Bears in 2011. Both games were defeats at Wembley Stadium under then-head coach Raheem Morris.
The Bucs have brought in new coach Bruce Arians and staff for this matchup. Arians had a previous bad experience with his Arizona Cardinal team in 2017, as they were blown out 33-0 by the LA Rams in a game played at Twickenham Stadium. Speaking of the Rams, they are back in London again playing the Bengals and the Jaguars have their annual London home game against the Texans, as well.
In addition to adding McCoy to their roster, Carolina hopes to have back a fully healthy Cam Newton after offseason shoulder surgery. The Panthers have never played an overseas game as part of the NFL International series.
The two teams will actually meet first in a Thursday night national TV game in Charlotte in week two.
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