A sellout crowd will be at Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 11 to see former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Warren Sapp have his jersey number retired and join the team’s Ring of Honor.
The team announced that all non-premium seats have been purchased for the “Monday Night Football” game against the Miami Dolphins, making it officially a sellout.
The game, which kicks off at 8:40 p.m., will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The Bucs previously said that all home contests this season would not be blacked out locally.
The Bucs are 0-7 heading into this Sunday’s game at Seattle. Despite the team’s on-field struggles, fans were likely attracted by the halftime celebration of Sapp and a prime-time matchup against state rival Miami.
“We are excited that Buccaneer fans will enjoy a packed Raymond James Stadium for ‘Monday Night Football’ on a night when we will also celebrate Warren Sapp’s exceptional Hall of Fame career,” Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford said in a statement from the team.
Sapp, who was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, played nine years in Tampa Bay and helped lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl title for the 2002 season. The ceremony will include the retirement of his No. 99 and his induction into the Ring. Additionally, Hall president Steve Perry will present Sapp with his Class of 2013 Hall of Fame ring.
Sapp, who now works as an analyst for NFL Network, will join fellow Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon (63) as the only Bucs players with numbers retired.
He will join Selmon, John McKay, Jimmie Giles and Paul Gruber in the Ring of Honor.