The last time the Packers haven’t sold out a game?
Well, you have to go back to September of 1959,
That’s equal to 54 years, 3 months, 19,825 days, 2,832 weeks since that last non-sellout at Lambeau Field. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, gas cost 30 cents per gallon, the average cost of a home was around $18,000, a car cost $2,200, a gallon of milk was #1.01, and a stamp cost 4 cents.
While the likelihood that this game will not go without being a sellout is slim. Somebody will come along and scarf up whatever tickets remain on Thursday afternoon for two reasons – the tickets are too valuable to go unsold and the NFL won’t stand for it.
For the past few years, there has been a significant number of NFL games across the league that have been played as non-sellouts – but not at Lambeau Field, the league’s pinup girl when it comes to its loyal fanbase.
But what we’re seeing is the trend that has been infiltrating the league – the competition between the television experience with that of the stadium experience. Most never thought this trend would hit the frozen tundra. The live experience at Lambeau is among the best, if not THE best, across the league.
But when the high temperature for this coming Sunday is slated for single or very low double digits in Green Bay at game time, you can guess that there are fans who will want to stay at home with their 50-inch televisions, snacks and beverages. The warmth of the living room is calling for many.
Which only opens the opportunity to attend a game at Lambeau. Most Packers fans would say that weather conditions would keep them from the game, which might be true, but another factor -the cost – will probably keep many from attending.
With prices for available tickets at various outlets coming in at a low price of well more than $100, it’s difficult for a couple to afford those three hours of football entertainment. Forget about taking the family of four to the game … that will cost well more than $500 … and that’s just to get into the stadium doors … it doesn’t include the cost of transportation, food, lodging and whatever else is part of the trip.
For those looking for the ultimate football experience, the cost may be worth it, but with so many still suffering from the downturn in the economy a couple of years ago, the cost is simply prohibitive.
But with this being a playoff game – a home playoff game at Lambeau Field – expect those tickets to be gone within the day and the game officially declared a sellout.
If you’re one of the lucky ones heading to the stadium on Sunday, enjoy.
For the rest of Packers fandom … enjoy your experience from the couch …