Thousands of tickets still available for Packers playoff game

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- There are still about 2,000 tickets for the Packers playoff game available to purchase through the team online.

The Packers released the updated tally late Wednesday afternoon.

Three years ago, the team also struggled to sell tickets when it hosted a home wild card game against the 49ers. Businesses, like FOX 11, had to team up to buy about 3,000 tickets to avoid a TV blackout.

Since then, the NFL has suspended its blackout rule. So, no matter what, the game will be shown on TV on Sunday. It will air on FOX 11 at 3:40 p.m.

In January, for some Packers fans, there is no place they'd rather be watching their team than at Lambeau Field.

“I'm going with my boyfriend and it will be the first game that he is going to,” said Drew Ebert of De Pere.

For other fans, going to the game isn't necessary.

“I'm watching at home with some blankets,” said Beth Matzke of De Pere.

John Schmidt, the owner of Schmitty's Tickets, says the Packers current playoff ticket situation is actually typical.

“It's cold,” said Schmidt. “Most people would rather sit in their house with their own private bathroom and not go into freezing temperatures. Playoff games are always like that, unless it's a big one, which is the NFC Championship game, so this is pretty normal.”

Schmidt says it doesn't help that the team asked season ticket holders if they wanted playoff tickets when the Packers were playing poorly.

“People didn't think they were going to make it, so they didn't renew their seats, so that's why you see so many playoff tickets for sale,” said Schmidt.

It also doesn't help that tickets on the second hand market are selling below what the Packers are asking for its remaining tickets. The team is selling end zone and upper deck tickets between $118 and $145. Schmitty's Tickets lowest price is $99. However, the prime 50-yard line seats are selling second hand for about $250.

“Sales are good for us,” said Schmidt. “We're happy. We've got a lot of tickets left, but people want good seats. We don't see a lot of the uppers because they are still available for sale.”

“It doesn't worry me at all,” said Ebert. “It's not going to make any difference at the game. We'll still be loud enough.”

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