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07:25 AM ET 01.01 | If it's Lambeau Field, it's a sellout -- usually. But after the Green Bay Packers announced on Monday that 40,000 tickets -- you read that correctly -- were available for Sunday's wild-card playoff game between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, fans were wondering what happened to the vaunted Packer Nation. ... Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey expressed confidence the game would be sold out. Capacity at Lambeau Field is 80,750, the third-largest stadium in the league behind FedEx Field in Washington and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Still, the Packers sent out the all-points bulletin on Monday night that 15,000 tickets were still available. By midday Tuesday, there were still 11,000 tickets available through Ticketmaster, the team's official ticket sales website.

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January 1, 2014  08:39 AM ET

I am not sure if I am more amazed that Green bay has that many tickets left or that the stadium has an almost 81.000 seat capacity

January 1, 2014  08:42 AM ET

Maybe it's the high ticket prices, high parking prices, high concessions prices, ...

January 1, 2014  09:00 AM ET

Strange ... I thought they were facing the 49ers

January 1, 2014  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I am not sure if I am more amazed that Green bay has that many tickets left or that the stadium has an almost 81.000 seat capacity

Looks like there's only around 104,000 people in the entire city.

They must just shut down the entire town on Sundays.

January 1, 2014  09:10 AM ET

Might have something to do with the $350 price tag. Throw in the parking, a couple of cold ones and a hot dog and you could very easily drop a $500 for the privilege of freezing you back side off for four hours on the off chance that the Packers might win.
I think they've priced themselves out of the blue collar market. How many of you on this board could gather your sons with six days notice and shell out $500 a head when it would be much more comfortable watching the HD big screen at home with free parking and $1 beer.

January 1, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Might have something to do with the $350 price tag. Throw in the parking, a couple of cold ones and a hot dog and you could very easily drop a $500 for the privilege of freezing you back side off for four hours on the off chance that the Packers might win.I think they've priced themselves out of the blue collar market. How many of you on this board could gather your sons with six days notice and shell out $500 a head when it would be much more comfortable watching the HD big screen at home with free parking and $1 beer.

That and the fact that the temp has been hovering single digits during the day and below zero at night. Game day forecast is around 6 degrees at kickoff dropping below zero by the end of the game.

January 1, 2014  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That and the fact that the temp has been hovering single digits during the day and below zero at night. Game day forecast is around 6 degrees at kickoff dropping below zero by the end of the game.

They should take the temperature of the 40,000 people who bought tickets to go that game. could be a Pandemic.

January 1, 2014  09:24 AM ET

Not to mention, my home has heat.

January 1, 2014  09:35 AM ET

Big screen TV's and a warm rec room are trumping frozen seats and a $15 cups of beer.

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January 1, 2014  09:46 AM ET

If the Packers can get past the 49ers, there might be a few more seats filled for a Divisional game.

January 1, 2014  09:47 AM ET
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... I do like the symmetry of San Francisco playing the "Packers". It fits like a glove.

at Lamblow

January 1, 2014  10:07 AM ET

What about Jerry World in Arlington, Tx? It seats over a 100,000 people. How is it not listed as the biggest capacity???

January 1, 2014  10:10 AM ET
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What about Jerry World in Arlington, Tx? It seats over a 100,000 people. How is it not listed as the biggest capacity???

Flexible seating configurations, expandable to 102,000.

January 1, 2014  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe it's the high ticket prices, high parking prices, high concessions prices, ...

It has a lot to due with the fan base not expecting them to make the playoffs. The season ticket holders get first crack at their seats, but have to pony up the cash weeks before the season ends (and not just for one game...they have to pay for 2 games, just in case they would have 2 home games).
They get the money back (or put towards the next seasons tickets) if they wouldn't have made it.
At least that's how it used to work in Pittsburgh when I had my season tickets.

January 1, 2014  10:19 AM ET

If they host it....they will come.

January 1, 2014  10:28 AM ET

The longer u wait the cheaper the seats!!!

January 1, 2014  10:33 AM ET

They'll sell out. Cripes, it's the holidays. People are doing things in Wisconsin. Like inundating DWI check points and cow tipping.

January 1, 2014  10:35 AM ET

Considering Rodgers just gave a (doth protest too much) statement concerning his sexuality, GLAAD member will probably buy the remaining seats.


"I'm not gay," Rodgers said on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show. "I really, really like women. That's all I can say about that."

 
January 1, 2014  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

They'll sell out. Cripes, it's the holidays. People are doing things in Wisconsin. Like inundating DWI check points and cow tipping.

Too funny.

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