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Friday, January 10, 2014
Vikings: Move to TCF means fewer tickets

By Ben Goessling

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Vikings move into the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium this fall, they will take occupancy of a college venue that has 12,000 fewer seats than the Metrodome did. Though the team says it has devised a plan to get all of its season-ticket holders in at the new stadium, don't expect single-game tickets to be in large supply the next two years.

It looks like one of the immediate effects of the Vikings' move, which will carry them through the next two years while their new stadium is built, is that their home games will be filled almost exclusively by season-ticket holders. The Vikings currently have 11,000 season ticket accounts, comprising about 53,000 seats, and those tickets are typically renewed at a 90-92 percent rate, Vikings ticket sales and hospitality director Phil Huebner said on Friday. That rate could fluctuate this year with fans who don't want to sit outside, but let's be conservative and say the Vikings get 88 percent of their season-ticket holders in at TCF Bank Stadium. That would leave less than 5,000 seats available for single-game purchase next season.

"Right now, it's full," Huebner said. "If everyone renews, we will have very few to minimal seats available on a game-by-game basis. But every sports team has some turnover."

The good news, if you're a season-ticket holder? The Vikings have home games next year against big-name opponents like the Patriots, Jets, Panthers and Redskins, in addition to their regular division schedule. So if you're looking to unload your tickets for a couple games on the secondary market, you might find a nice market for your seats.

A couple other points from the media briefing the Vikings held on Friday to discuss ticket policies at the new stadium over the next two years: