Vikings Tickets Remain: Sell Out Or TV Blackout

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Fewer than 3,000 tickets remain for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Denver Broncos game coming up on Sunday. If the game does not sell out, it will not be televised locally.

The Associated Press reports since 1998 the Vikings have sold out 141 straight home games. Now with a 2-9 record, there’s concern the streak could end.

Some believe the slowdown in tickets sales could be a combination of poor performance and the stadium debate.

“The Vikings are saying how inadequate the Metrodome is, I don’t disagree with them,” said Mike Nowakoski with Ticket King. “But, at some point fans are going to say ‘if it’s so inadequate why would I spend my hard earned money to go to an adequate facility?'”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Nonetheless, Nowakoski is confident fans will pick up the remaining tickets.

“I would bet my bottom dollar that the game will be on TV,” said Nowakoski. “We’re seeing huge demand for the Broncos game but not so much demand for the final two remaining (home) games with the Saints and Bears.”

Nowakoski said a driving force behind the sale of tickets could be Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

“Let’s face it he’s fun to watch,” said Nowakoski. “We’re still selling a similar amount of tickets this year than we did last year.”

The Vikings have until Thursday at noon to sell the remaining tickets to ensure the game will be televised locally.

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  • AP

    Good work Zygi. And you wonder why the people of Minnesota don’t want to give you a billion dollars.

    • Don

      We don’t want to give him ONE dollar.

  • jack

    so are you saying 2 years ago the “people of Minnesota” wanted to give zygi a billion dollars. also your facts are incorrect the stadium would cost 1 billion dollars zygi kicks in 400 million.

    • Jim

      If Zygi wants a $1 billion stadium, why is he offering to pay less than half of that price? Why should the public pay for most of a stadium for the Vikings when we don’t do the same for other businesses?

      Personally, I’d like a $1 million home and I think the public should pay for more than half of it. We’ll hire a bunch of local businesses to build my new house, and when it’s done I’ll pay taxes to the state for decades based on the high cost of my home. Everyone wins!

      • Mike

        great statement, if your home actually made millions of dollars in revenue and taxes for the state.. kinda doubt it does though

        • Jim

          Why does my potential house need to make millions? If I pay $400,000 and the state pays $600,000, and I hire local businesses to build my home (jobs!) and then pay taxes on a million-dollar house for the next 40 years or so, the state will come out ahead. What’s the problem with that? It’s the exact argument the Vikings are using to convince you to buy them a new building, just on a smaller scale.

    • AP

      The proposed stadium costs $1.4B. Zygi kicks in 400M (half of which actually comes from the NFL stadium fund) and that leaves ONE BILLION DOLLARS for the taxpayers of Minnesota to pay for.

      This state will never pay for Wilf’s real estate venture. Get over it. Build a 500M fixed roof facility like Ford Field and move on.

  • Mike

    fair weather fans at their finest. 2 years from now,when they are back on top, people will be clamoring for tickets again. God bless MN sports fans. As much as a despise the Packers, they sell out games during the best of times and during their worst.

    • MARK

      Yeah, there are so many amazingly interesting things to do in Green Bay in January that it’s really surprising the Packers are able to sell out even when the team is bad. Really, really surprising.

    • AP

      Before Favre got to town, Packer games were regularly less than fully-attended. And that’s in a town with literally NOTHING else to do.

      • Packerfan

        The Packers’ fan base is famously dedicated: regardless of the team’s performance, every Packers game at Lambeau Field has been sold out since 1960

  • Susan

    I suggest building a new team before the stadium – otherwise that pretty palace will set only partially full too!

  • Guy

    And they want a BIGGER stadium. If tickets are too expensive already just imagine what they’ll be at a Billion dollar stadium. People are finally realizing that the best seats are their own couches. No parking, cheap beer, private bathroom and you get to see all the action.

  • Kevin

    Who cares they suck……always did….always will……

  • me

    “The Vikings have sold out 141 straight home games, dating back to the beginning of the 1998 season. That includes preseason, regular season and playoff games.”

    Humm … something MISSING in that list … whatever could it be?? …
    Oh-YAH – I know … STUPIDBOWL … maybe because they NEVER HAD ONE.

  • Bud

    New roof on the dome, another 25 years.

  • valkyrie

    Last time I spent a small fortune going to a Vikings game. I got PUKED on by some kid that couldn’t hold his liquor. Honestly. It was a horrible experience and I’ll never go to another game unless someone invites me to their private box (which will never happen).

  • Sean

    Sell out?

    The sell outs would be politicians who are willing to take our money and give it to Zygi Wilf.

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