MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers have been playing each other for 55 years, and they have one of the best rivalries in the NFL.

But it is the first year that games will count inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

“I cried when I showed up to the stadium,” said Vikings fan Madisen Shannon.

This will be the first-ever NFL game for the Shannons — and they paid for it.

“We paid $1,300 for two tickets and we are in nose bleeds,” Madisen said.

That was several months ago. Tickets are a little more reasonable now, but still eye-opening.

“It’s really spendy. We took a tour and they said $60 tickets are going for $200 right now for the game on Sunday,” said Vikings fan Chris Mehr.

Earlier Friday, the cheapest tickets on TicketKing were going for $250, meaning it would cost a family of four $1,000 just to get into the game.

“It’s terrible to park down here,” said Mehr.

Parking is another story. That same family of four can expect to pay up to $50 to park in a lot near the stadium.

Then once inside, the food and drinks add up. Four sodas will cost a total of $22. Four hot dogs will be $24. Throw in a couple of nachos at $9 apiece, and you’re looking at a pretty spendy game day experience — somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,100.

“Vikings fans are diehards so I’m not surprised people are willing to pay it. There are just as many crazy people willing to pay it as us,” Madisen said.

The Vikings say Sunday’s game is sold out, so any remaining tickets will likely have to come from TicketKing, Stub Hub or even the NFL Ticket Exchange.

Comments (8)
  1. Jen Adler says:

    In the 90s and 00s we used to go downtown and watch the game & drink at local bars during the game. Fun enough plus it was always enjoyable to talk to the game patrons when the game let out. Especially if they actually won (rare as we all know). But now, I avoid downtown on game days like the plague. I consider this a real kiss-off for the local businesses around there. Game day keeps all the actual (as in I only live 5 mins away local) locals away & the suburbanites won’t have any money left to spend after parking & the rapist prices inside the stadium for food & drink.
    It really is weird that I’ve lived in Mpls for over 20 years and they broke the law to force us to pay taxes for possibly one of the ugliest buildings I have ever seen. A bldg that compels me to not spend money. Not venture out to restaurants. Not take a photo of the city skyline because it is soooooo ugly now. I get used to avoiding downtown too and then it becomes a habit. Which isn’t really what business owners want to hear I’m guessing. “Long time city resident no longer bothers to visit downtown area of their own city, even on slow days”.

  2. King Kong says:

    As soon as they start losing & the tv blackouts start the tickets will be a lot cheaper.

  3. DJ says:

    For that kind of money for one game, I could buy really good food and beverages for the entire season. I’m talking steaks instead of hot dogs.

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