Green Bay Packers

Everything you need to know about the Packers’ attendance problem

Photo taken Tuesday (Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media)

Photo taken Tuesday (Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media)

Have the Green Bay Packers sold out Sunday’s playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers yet? 

No. According to Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel, there were still about 3,000 tickets available as of 4 pm central time.

Doesn’t that mean the deadline has passed and the game will be blacked out?

The deadline was supposed to be this afternoon, but the NFL gave extensions to the Packers, Colts and Bengals, who now have until Friday at 2 pm PST to sell their remaining tickets.

If the game is blacked out, will West Coast fans be able to watch the game?

Yes. Only fans in local media markets would be subject to the NFL’s blackout policy, which the FCC is interested in eliminating. I’ve seen a few people asking about this on Twitter, but the only people who should be worried about potentially missing the game on television are fans who live in Wisconsin.

Isn’t there a huge wait list for season tickets? What’s going on in Green Bay?

Besides Green Bay’s mediocre season that saw them sneak into the playoffs out of the awful NFC North, along with the forecast for Sunday (which seems to get worse by the hour — now says the high will be -3 degrees with a low of -19), Packers fans are apparently angry. Here’s Walker again:

Leading up to Sunday’s game, there was some grumbling among Packers season-ticket holders about the new ticket policy, which was announced late in November and after the Packers were overwhelmed by the Detroit Lions, 40-10, on Thanksgiving Day.

Under the new policy, season-ticket holders were given the opportunity to claim their allotment of playoff tickets up to four tickets. The fans also had to commit to paying in advance for two playoff games, pay for the highest-priced seats and pay a small handling fee.

Had the Packers not made the playoffs, the money would have been applied to next year’s season tickets.

One season-ticket holder who asked to remain anonymous said he was unwilling to commit as much as $1,547, even if the money could be applied to next year. Normally the fan’s season tickets cost $888.

How much are tickets going for?

The cheapest tickets are going for $102 before fees are applied. Seatgeek has seats for $239 (with fees) at the 40-yard line, eight rows up. That’s about half what some upper reserved seats cost for the last two games at Candlestick Park.

What are the chances that Sunday’s game between the Packers and 49ers gets blacked out?

Pretty remote. With all the coverage this has gotten and so few tickets available, chances are the game will be a natural sellout by tomorrow afternoon. And if there are still tickets available, the Packers would almost certainly “purchase” them and give them away.

Have any Green Bay players spoken up about this? 

In the age of Twitter, you probably already know the answer to that question. Here’s Packers guard Josh Sitton:

Josh Sitton Twitter

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