Thursday, November 7, 2013
Vikings-Redskins: Tickets on the cheap
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nostalgic about the last days of the Metrodome? Looking to beat the chilly fall weather by snuggling up with your loved one under a Teflon-coated sky? Well, have we got a deal for you!
The Vikings' 1-7 start has sapped most of the buzz about the team from their fanbase, and ticket prices for Thursday night's game against the Washington Redskins have tanked on the secondary market. SeatGeek.com says it's seen tickets for as little as $4 for the game, and is offering its own seats for the game starting at $12. That's less than tickets would cost you for the (ahem) red-hot University of Minnesota Gophers' game against Penn State on Saturday. Those tickets, according to SeatGeek, are fetching at least $20 online.
Last season, the team had used a new NFL rule to avoid blackouts, splitting ticket revenue above 90 percent of capacity with the NFL in exchange for the ability to broadcast its games if the stadium was only 90 percent full. The Vikings didn't need to do that this year, citing strong advance ticket sales, and they're probably not in any danger of a blackout for one of their final four home games.
But for a team that went 7-1 in the Metrodome last year, and has counted on a unique home-field advantage for more than 30 years, the Vikings could say goodbye to the Metrodome before less-than-enthusiastic crowds. That'd be a depressing curtain call for a stadium that has been one of the league's loudest for years.