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Super Bowl appearance doesn't equal a Week One sellout

We’re not sure how all Cardinals fans living in the vicinity of the University of Phoenix Stadium will be celebrating the team’s first home game since nearly delivering the franchise’s first NFL title in decades. 

But we know how 1,700 of them won’t be celebrating.

As of Thursday afternoon, 1,700 non-premium seats for the Cardinals’ home-opener against the 49ers remained unsold.  The organization announced that a 24-hour extension of the 72-hour deadline had been granted by the league.

Typically, an extension is given only when the league office is fairly confident that the tickets will be sold. 

The Cardinals have sold out every game at the venue, which opened in 2006.

It looks like the streak will continue.  But maybe more than a few folks in the Arizona area share our concern that the Cardinals will have a difficult time replicating last year’s success.

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22 Responses to “Super Bowl appearance doesn't equal a Week One sellout”
  1. mwiles19 says: Sep 10, 2009 4:19 PM

    Cardinals are one and done

  2. The Wishbone says: Sep 10, 2009 4:25 PM

    “But maybe more than a few folks in the Arizona area share our concern that the Cardinals will have a difficult time replicating last year’s success.”
    Why would you have concern for the Cardinals?

  3. Seeryer says: Sep 10, 2009 4:27 PM

    A team has the most exciting offense in the league. A fairly new stadium. Coming off of a super bowl appearance. And the has to apply for a 24 hour extension to avoid a blackout. If this doesn’t open Roger’s eyes nothing will. It is the economy stupid. Don’t punish every NFL fan in each city that can’t afford a ticket by blacking the games out or putting them up on a website at midnight the day of the game. Waive the entire blackout policy for this one season and when things turn around the fans will be more loyal than ever. How much money would this cost the league? Pennys on the dollar I am sure.

  4. KHat says: Sep 10, 2009 4:30 PM

    If they’ve sold out every home game since 2006 but not their first home appearance after making it to the Super Bowl, it seems more likely a sign of hard economic times rather than lack of enthusiasm.
    Then again, if plastic surgeons and luxury car dealers in Scottsdale are still doing awesome business these days, maybe not.

  5. norseman jeff says: Sep 10, 2009 4:32 PM

    With the state of our current economy, and the direction our captain is taking us, this should be of no surprise to anyone. Unemployed folks need to eat first, not go to football games

  6. Pitbullcopper77 says: Sep 10, 2009 4:32 PM

    Wow.. I thought only Jacksonville was having trouble selling out games.. At least that is all we ever hear about here in Jax…

  7. raybin says: Sep 10, 2009 4:42 PM

    The economic collapse has hit that area brutally hard. not surprised.

  8. leatherneck says: Sep 10, 2009 4:52 PM

    Sun belt states are brutalized by the Great Recession. Many people won’t be going to a game before paying off their debt mountain. Tom Friedman lives in a mansion and says the economy has almost recovered now.

  9. Florio-is-a-tool says: Sep 10, 2009 4:54 PM

    Simmons makes a great point:
    Door No. 1 (more expensive): Traffic, parking, long walk to stadium, lousy seats, lifeless state-of-the-art arena, TV timeouts, dead crowds, drunk/bitter fans, more TV timeouts, hiked-up concession prices, PDAs with jammed signals as you’re searching for scores, even more TV timeouts, long walk to car, even more traffic.
    Door No. 2 (less expensive): Sofa, NFL package, HD, fantasy scores online, remote control toggling, gambling, access to scores, seven straight hours of football, cell phone calls, beer and food in fridge, no traffic.
    I can see going through Door No. 1 once a year just to remind yourself that going to an NFL game sucks. But eight times a year? Unless you had good seats, or unless this was your only excuse to get out of your house and get plastered, why would you? It’s a blue-collar sport with white-collar ticket prices. This blackout trend would have happened whether the economy was suffering or not.

  10. Eddie Drycleaner says: Sep 10, 2009 4:54 PM

    it’s not the economy, it’s the fact that I have sunday ticket, superfan, 2 side-by-side big screen hdtvs, 3 hd-dvr’s recording every game, and a fridge dedicated to beer at my house. why the hell would I spend $300 for one game when I spend $400 for an entire year of every game in the league?

  11. Zox says: Sep 10, 2009 4:56 PM

    NFL should waive the blackout rule for 1 year. They are really being shortsighted on this.

  12. hanklonglegs says: Sep 10, 2009 4:57 PM

    The novelty of driving all the way to Glendale for a game is starting to wear off for the people who have money in the PHX metro.

  13. purpleguy says: Sep 10, 2009 5:02 PM

    1,700 tiks ain’t that bad, but this is the tip of the iceburg for several teams during the season. It’s not only the economy, but the parking, concession, ticket and other prices. The NFL owners need to have their eyes opened.

  14. beefcake says: Sep 10, 2009 5:37 PM

    Florio-is-a-tool says:
    September 10, 2009 4:54 PM
    Simmons makes a great point:
    “Door No. 1 (more expensive): Traffic, parking, long walk to stadium, lousy seats, lifeless state-of-the-art arena, TV timeouts, dead crowds, drunk/bitter fans, more TV timeouts, hiked-up concession prices, PDAs with jammed signals as you’re searching for scores, even more TV timeouts, long walk to car, even more traffic.
    Door No. 2 (less expensive): Sofa, NFL package, HD, fantasy scores online, remote control toggling, gambling, access to scores, seven straight hours of football, cell phone calls, beer and food in fridge, no traffic.
    I can see going through Door No. 1 once a year just to remind yourself that going to an NFL game sucks. But eight times a year? Unless you had good seats, or unless this was your only excuse to get out of your house and get plastered, why would you? It’s a blue-collar sport with white-collar ticket prices. This blackout trend would have happened whether the economy was suffering or not.”
    Well said me boy

  15. Kreedos says: Sep 10, 2009 6:12 PM

    Definitely the economy. And Glendale is about 45 minutes away, horrible drive. And the walk to the stadium is ridiculous. But if I could go to the game this weekend, I would. .
    I think the Cards are a high flying team and have some great potential to make another conference/playoff run this year. But as far as paying those dollars for the games; I just don’t see it happening…Hope they sell out…!
    But not on my dollar. Maybe for the Pack game for sure…

  16. nineoh says: Sep 10, 2009 6:32 PM

    Nice to see the bashing of the Cards by our favorite lawyer…I know we are out here in the desert and we were sooooo lucky last year, but Flo, Phoenix and Vegas are hit hardest by recession…Keep not noticing the Cards again..Then badmouth the team again in January

  17. angrytoads says: Sep 10, 2009 6:44 PM

    nineoh- I feel you bro …. but with all do respect, the state hit the HARDEST by the recession is Michigan … what ever your going through in Phoenix it’s 10 times worst in MI. The NFL needs to wake up and throw the fans a bone on this one!

  18. Fan_Of_ Four says: Sep 10, 2009 6:49 PM

    GM, Ford, Chrysler and even Toyota have reduced prices for its product so why doesn’t the NFL ? Reduce the ticket price Rodger. Blackout local markets and play games in the UK, outstanding business model.

  19. dmart says: Sep 10, 2009 6:51 PM

    Tight wads like me watch the games online. I can’t afford to drive 300 miles to the nearest stadium, hotel, food, tickets, gas, etc. NFL ticket is a rip off so I do the next best thing and watch on my PC. You might try http://www.yourteamlive.com if your unable to watch on your local cable or satellite stations.

  20. Bigbluefan says: Sep 10, 2009 7:41 PM

    The fans realize that AZ has been to the top and they know they will not go back again for years

  21. SATAN says: Sep 10, 2009 8:38 PM

    Even though the Cards went to the SB there was no raise in ticket prices.
    And being a cab driver I can tell you there is a lot less free dollars floating around in Phoenix than last year.
    NFL teams go in cycles and the Cards are on an up cycle. “In Whis we trust”

  22. nineoh says: Sep 10, 2009 9:53 PM

    amgrytoads you’re right MI “wins” the prize…

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