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Top-five team faces possible blackouts

Most of the actual and threatened blackouts this year have occurred in connection with teams however at or below .500.

But there’s now a team residing among the league’s elite that faces a large chunk of unsold tickets.

The Vikings have the coming weekend off.  Thereafter, they host the Lions and the Seahawks.  According to John Holler of VikingUpdate.com, 4,000 tickets remain for November 15 against Detroit, and 3,500 are unsold for the following Sunday against Seattle.

So even with the Favre factor and a 7-1 start to the season, the Vikings will have to hustle in order to lift the local blackout for games that should result in the home team moving to 9-1 on the year, which would be their best start since 1998.

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  1. severs28 says: Nov 4, 2009 11:59 AM

    This is just one of many reasons they should follow the Lakers to L.A.

  2. LBPACKFAN says: Nov 4, 2009 11:59 AM

    Packer fans reading this are trying to figure out what “blackout” means.

  3. bearflash says: Nov 4, 2009 12:00 PM

    This is nothing new for the Vikings, they’ve always faced blackout threats, local media or company with big ad buys for the game will bail them out if it’s closer to the deadline, they always do

  4. Supersuckers says: Nov 4, 2009 12:05 PM

    Wow. This is suprising. It may really truly be only about beating Green bay for this fan base.

  5. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Nov 4, 2009 12:07 PM

    Why would anyone want to go to that game? I love my Vikings but hate the Dome and worst of all having to watch the Lions or Seachickens… YUCK! I’ll be watching from home

  6. SF Saints Fan says: Nov 4, 2009 12:07 PM

    That is pathetic. Where are the fans? The Saints are located in a much smaller metropolitan area and have not only sold out a larger stadium with higher ticket prices, but have a season ticket waiting list in the tens of thousands. Aren’t there any football fans in Minnesota?

  7. gopher says: Nov 4, 2009 12:12 PM

    This should not surprise anybody as the fiancial problems all around. I also think Colin Cowherd of ESPN says it correct when he does his ad on radio for a HD TV. He says and I quote “why spend big money for tickets, sit in traffic, have a bunch of drunk people yelling in your ear and pay big bucks for a beer when you can sit at home and enjoy it more on your HD”. He has a valid point.

  8. CurseofBoJackson says: Nov 4, 2009 12:12 PM

    Any d-bags going to argue the the Vikings fans aren’t “real?” This phenomenon goes a bit deeper than the feeble minded arguments about supporting your team. Tix are outrageously priced, parking is outrageously priced, and middle class people (the largest sector of football fans) are hurting financially. With a team like Minnesota, and their large fan base, one cannot place blame on the fans, but rather the economy and the lack of help from NFL teams, other reasons?
    In other cities (like Cincinnati), the fan base’s support is being altered by an end to the patience that the ownership has been granted for almost twenty years. To pre-emptively strike at the feeble minds that will argue about not supporting our team etc… I will say that if you look at the track record of the team (Bengals) versus the support they have received from the fans, we the fans have consistently outproduced the team, and are tired of being the better part of the equation. Sorry, digressed a bit from Minnesota, but the sellout issue provides a segway.

  9. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 4, 2009 12:12 PM

    i’m enjoying this – and i have nothing against the vikings.
    i’m enjoying the record number of blackouts and unsold seats this year. hopefully the greedy owners will start to realize that they *should* adjust prices along with the economy. In the face of 10% unemployment and a 40% decline in everyone’s retirement & income last year, NFL prices didn’t go down. in some cases they went up.
    hopefully this will send a message to the owners to move prices along with the economy. people can’t afford the NFL anymore. a Sunday trip with your family to a game easily approaches a grand now. ridiculous.

  10. zappa says: Nov 4, 2009 12:17 PM

    Mike, the Vikes have to sell 4000 tickets in 8 days to avoid a blackout? And more than 3000 in the next 15 days for the seattle game? How many do they have to sell for next years opener to avoid a blackout? WTF! I’m surprised NBC hasn’t had “THE TALK” with you yet, they need to. Any real football news out there Michael?

  11. aramsiruni says: Nov 4, 2009 12:19 PM

    Ummmmm…The game two weeks away. They could sell this many tickets in two days.

  12. favrecansuckit says: Nov 4, 2009 12:19 PM

    “Packer fans reading this are trying to figure out what “blackout” means.”
    Packer fans are well aware of what a blackout is, maybe not in this sense of the word though.

  13. zappa says: Nov 4, 2009 12:22 PM

    How bout some non-Vikings, Favre, Peterson, Childress football news. The last time I checked the league had 31 other teams that all have something going on.

  14. Revacard says: Nov 4, 2009 12:24 PM

    Maybe Florio should say that Viking fans are smart for not wanting to put up with all the headaches of going to a Viking game. Especially when they play loser teams. Vikings have the smartest fans.

  15. PerryMason says: Nov 4, 2009 12:27 PM

    • LBPACKFAN says: November 4, 2009 11:59 AM
    Packer fans reading this are trying to figure out what “blackout” means.
    Blackout is what all the binge drinking Packer fans have been in while trying to forget the butt kicking the Vikings put on them.

  16. Scoop says: Nov 4, 2009 12:28 PM

    If I was a Vikes fan I’d have a sense of urgency about catching Favre before the annual physical breakdown begins around Week 11. He should be good and worthless by the start of the playoffs.
    Guzzle the mirage while you can is all I’m saying…

  17. tufar says: Nov 4, 2009 12:31 PM

    Another non-story about the Vikes to create hits. Florio Inc. are totally aware that any negative article about the Vikings will draw out the Packer trolls such as Bozo Nelson et.al. Although Nelson has only just returned from nursing his hangover and painful reminder of the Packers having their asses handed to them again. Welcome back Bobbie.
    It’s really only a story when IT IS a blackout, in the meantime it’s just more internet fish wrap by PFT.

  18. CdnMike says: Nov 4, 2009 12:31 PM

    As a HUGE Vikings fan I am embarassed. I can’t imagine why this is. I drive 5 1/2 hours from Canada to watch the Vikings every year for at least one game. If I lived in the city or near the city I would have season tickets.
    There are people in my town that have season tickets for the Vikings!!!
    The football fans of Minneapolis and St. Paul should be embarassed.

  19. zygi milf says: Nov 4, 2009 12:36 PM

    You think they, or any other team, wouldn’t have blackouts in LA? Why do you think the league didn’t expand in LA the last two times?

  20. zygi milf says: Nov 4, 2009 12:39 PM

    SF Saints Fan says:
    November 4, 2009 12:07 PM
    That is pathetic. Where are the fans? The Saints are located in a much smaller metropolitan area and have not only sold out a larger stadium with higher ticket prices, but have a season ticket waiting list in the tens of thousands. Aren’t there any football fans in Minnesota?
    **********
    The games will sell out without buyouts. They haven’t sold out all of the season tickets, which is why there are still tickets. Get it?
    How about a list of ALL teams remaining tickets for the rest of the season? I bet there would be some surprises.

  21. CanadianVikingFan says: Nov 4, 2009 12:41 PM

    Funny how the Packer fans don’t post on the threads regarding their loss to Minnesota at all but are more than happy to post about looming blackout threads regarding Minnesota. Typical. I can understand why these games have a possibility of being blacked out. Its the Lions and Seahawks.. Besides theres almost two weeks to, and as Detroit proved back in game 2 against the Vikings it takes 1 day to sell out 4,000 tickets.

  22. Felcus says: Nov 4, 2009 12:43 PM

    I have been a huge fan of the Vikings for most of my life. I’m 29 years old and work in the housing industry. I received a 25% pay cut this year. I can hardly afford household bills, but all the sudden I’m a bad fan because I can’t afford to go to a live game? WTF. Tickets are overpriced. Parking is overpriced and extremely inconvenient. Food/beverages are overpriced and the selection is miniscule. And finally, the Dome is a heaping pile of smelly dog shit. I manage to make it to at least one game a year, but no matter who plays for the team or how well they’re doing, I just can’t justify going any more than I already do. The NFL and the owners are greedy whores. The ecomony took a 10% shit of a loss. The NFL shouldn’t be immune.

  23. SlipperyPete says: Nov 4, 2009 12:43 PM

    Where are all the hardcore Vikings fans? The ones committed enough to hurl insults at Packers fans on message boards but not committed enough to see their team play live. The Vikings are as hot as tator-tot hotdish right now, don’tcha know. Go see them play before Favrah blows out his arm, starts throwing boneheaded INTs, and tosses the org under the bus.

  24. danlinker says: Nov 4, 2009 12:44 PM

    This is all florio has left after looking stupid regarding the Vikings and Favre. He has to try and stir something. Glad he posted it. Shows him for what he is.

  25. LBPACKFAN says: Nov 4, 2009 12:44 PM

    PerryMason -
    You are right. And us binge drinkers will be there next week…and week after…selling out or games. Vikes season over? You got your 2 wins vs Pack…congrats. Now it’s time to take the cute purple flags off the car and not show up anymore? Sad. This whole state is full of squirrely vikes fans…why arent they going to these games then?

  26. mixman34 says: Nov 4, 2009 12:45 PM

    Blah Blah Blah Packer fans you guys got owned this year.
    The real story is that we have to stomach watching ass whoopins in that concrete slab of crap So you guys can point fingers all you want but its easy to do when you dont realize what a piece of crap us fans have to attend in order to watch our beloved team.
    Much less against inferior opponents. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm $30 to park and roughly $50 per seat…… or 56 inches of 1080p HD for free for me… no brianer, there will be no ‘atmosphere’ to pay for to buy those tickets.

  27. mixman34 says: Nov 4, 2009 12:46 PM

    Florio…. man you just love to drum up BS. We’re talking two and three weeks away. Non story.

  28. Youngs79 says: Nov 4, 2009 12:48 PM

    What an absolute NON story. This game or the Seattle game have Zero chance of being blacked out especially with the Vikes on the bye week this week. Anyone with knowledge , except you, knows these tickets will be sold or the NFL will grant an extension. Did the Vikings shit in your Post Toasties or something? What is with all the negativety you have toward the Vikings? This is like the third or fourth story, really Non story, that you have posted that attempts to put the Vikings in a negative light in the last couple of days. I wish Paul Allen from KFAN WOULD STOP HIS SEGMENTS WITH YOU. I can’t be the only one sick of your B.S.

  29. zygi milf says: Nov 4, 2009 12:50 PM

    LBPACKFAN says:
    November 4, 2009 11:59 AM
    Packer fans reading this are trying to figure out what “blackout” means.
    *********
    If Packer fans are so loyal, why is there always so much purple at Lambeau when the Vikings play there? Apparently, some of these green and gold-bleeding fans are selling their tickets. Shame.

  30. mixman34 says: Nov 4, 2009 12:52 PM

    @ CdnMike says:
    Dude chill out… this is a non story drummed up by Florio cause he realizes the Viking stories get the most hits/comments. Most teams facing blackouts sell 4000-5000 the last two days before the deadline. We’re talking less than 4000 2 and 3 weeks away. Believe me there is no threat. This is jsut bad reporting. Go burn one or something take it easy.
    Go Vikes!
    WE’RE COMIN!!!

  31. zygi milf says: Nov 4, 2009 12:53 PM

    CdnMike says:
    November 4, 2009 12:31 PM
    As a HUGE Vikings fan I am embarassed. I can’t imagine why this is. I drive 5 1/2 hours from Canada to watch the Vikings every year for at least one game. If I lived in the city or near the city I would have season tickets.
    There are people in my town that have season tickets for the Vikings!!!
    The football fans of Minneapolis and St. Paul should be embarassed.
    **********
    Why should the fans be embarrassed? We are 10 days away from a game against Detroit. 4000 tickets available is nothing.
    The Vikings sell out only two games before the season starts each year – Green Bay and Chicago. If they all sold out, your sorry ass would be stuck in Canada or you’d be buying from a scalper. Eh?

  32. akuehn713 says: Nov 4, 2009 12:54 PM

    This typifies why the Vikings don’t deserve a new stadium. Last year they needed an extension to sell out a PLAYOFF game!!! Now they can’t sell seats with Favre and a good record.
    The Vikings may have swept the Packers this year, but at least the Packers have real fans.
    P.S. I hate the Packers too.

  33. I Used to Hate Favre Guy says: Nov 4, 2009 12:56 PM

    December 21, 1997 was the last blackout game in Minnesota. Why is this a story when the game will sell out in the next two weeks? I think the ticket situation has more to do with the opponents. Why spend money to see crappy teams like the Lions or the Seahawks when the fan that goes to one or two games a year can see the Bears (Division Rivals), Giants (Eli Manning), or even the Bengals (Ochocinco/Palmer), not to mention games previously with the Packers and the Ravens.

  34. The Hormel Row of Fame says: Nov 4, 2009 1:00 PM

    1st time poster.
    Zappa, gopher Curse & all the other sensible posters out there: Thanks for beating me to the punch, on all counts.
    As for the packer fans always bragging about no blackouts, 30-yr waiting list, awesome fanbase… you mean the same fan base that sells there tickets to TicketKing or StubHub, or the others who sell them on eBay & Craigslist? The same fanbase who let lambeau become over 40% Purple & Gold this past weekend? Or how about the fact that the ticket list is crowded by people who got their tickets from their mother’s great uncle. I know of two people in my wive’s family alone that have tickets from some exceedingly distant relative.

  35. roadkill says: Nov 4, 2009 1:00 PM

    Over the next year or so, the league and the players will be haggling over the new CBA. The fans are haggling right now. Something tells me the league and the players won’t notice.
    The NFL needs to realize that it is a American institution, not a business. You can make money owning an NFL team, but the primary goal should be maintaining its status as the icon of a city. Sticking it to the fans is the best way to kill the golden goose. They are losing the next generation of fans by pricing the families out of ticket sales. The NFL is relegating itself to being one of a million shows on TV — a boring show that only dad watches. My kids couldn’t name two players on my favorite team.

  36. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Nov 4, 2009 1:01 PM

    Why would anyone want to go to that game? I love my Vikings but hate the Dome and worst of all having to watch the Lions or Seachickens… YUCK! I’ll be watching from home

  37. swede700 says: Nov 4, 2009 1:03 PM

    CdnMike:
    There’s no reason to be embarrassed. You’ve been to the Metrodome (as have I many times)…watching a game there stinks. The tickets are far too expensive when you get a better view of the game and don’t have to wait a half-hour in a line to go to the bathroom.

  38. bustabloodvessel says: Nov 4, 2009 1:05 PM

    This is such a non story it’s pathetic. They have more than enough time to sell out both games, and surely will. If they don’t, I don’t think it’s because of lack of support for the team, but lack of wanting to watch two crappy teams in the Lions and Seahawks, or lack of money to pay for the tickets. I live in Charlotte, and am only going to the Panthers /Vikings game because one of my employees has season tickets and was kind enough to give them to me. The last time I went to an NFL game, it was the Panthers and Falcons last year. My buddy gave me the tickets for free, but I had to pay $20 to park a mile away from the stadium, $17 for 1beer and 1 brat, and had to sit shoulder to shoulder with a fat, loud redneck who wanted to kick my ass by the end of the game because I wasn’t rooting for the Panthers. That’s a lot of crap to have to put up with when I can watch the game on my couch on my 52 inch tv for free.

  39. Ollie says: Nov 4, 2009 1:06 PM

    I am a Steeler fan, but I would hate to see the Vikings leave the great North. Just seems natural for them to be there.
    One thing for sure the Bengals will not be blacked out. There are too many big companies in cincy.

  40. mike says: Nov 4, 2009 1:06 PM

    I would blame the owner and stadium. All teams/owners/stadiums are still giving the finger to fans with these high ticket prices.
    While my TV tells me the stock market went up, there’s still no jobs, and people don’t have the extra money. On top of that, taxes are going up? Stupid.

  41. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Nov 4, 2009 1:15 PM

    CdnMike: No one should be embarassed… People dont have the cash and the dome sucks. Plain and simple. Why is it hard to understand that???
    I live 30mins away and go to ZERO Vikings games a year because I hate the dome. When I went to the U, I didn’t go to Gophers games because I hated the dome. I have season tickets to the Wild and attend Gopher hockey, basketball and football games (beautiful stadium). I just don’t need to waste the $ on the shitty ass dome, $10 slice of pizza, $50 for beer and $20 for parking, plain and simple. New Stadium and I’ll be there, until then they can complain all they want. I wont budge. Get a new stadium deal worked out and build the mother Eff’r!

  42. tonyjen3 says: Nov 4, 2009 1:16 PM

    maybe, just maybe the average person can’t afford to go to the games. Unlucky for me, I live in the Jerry Jones city. For 2 tickets to the Thanksgiving day Cowboy/Raider game, (bless my poor husbands heart, he is a Raider fan), that costed us almost $300 and we are on the top level……..add in $75 to park (thanks again Jerry) and thats almost $400 just to go to the game……thats not including anything to eat or drink. What kind of average everyday working person or family has that kind of money to be spending going to multiple games each season? We were lucky we could afford tickets to this one.
    In these tough times, the cost of these games (actually any sporting event) is overpriced and absured. Most people can not afford these prices

  43. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 4, 2009 1:21 PM

    everyone giving viking fans crap for not going – this includes packer fans – if you want to send your hard-earned money to the viking fans that cannot afford to go to the game (which i guarantee you is enough to fill the stadium), then i’m sure they would go.
    what a lot of you guys aren’t realizing is that much of this is dictated by finances, not desire or how much of a fan one is. If the game was $5/ticket, i guarantee you it would be sold out every week.
    have some empathy for other NFL fans that aren’t making as much money. some of us are lucky to go to one game a year.

  44. Chickenfoot says: Nov 4, 2009 1:22 PM

    Super:
    Just exactly who was the guy that was able to purchase 4 tickets to the game against the Vikings in Lambeau…..I’m trying to think…..
    Oh yeah, it was you!!
    On 1 website alone there were blocks of at least 200 tickets available.
    You Packer fans need to get off your high horse.
    Those sellouts started way before most of you were even born, 95 % of you probably don’t even hit 1 game a year. Yet let’s take credit for grandpa getting season tickets in the 50′s!
    Tell me, die hard fans that you are, why would you sell these tickets to that game, you are supposed to be such great fans?
    The dome holds 63,000 people, it’s not like it’s half full.
    I guess this is all fans of a pathetic 4-3 team have to hold onto after 2 straight ass whippings from the Vikes, huh?
    TT has you going in the right direction though…lol

  45. Capt. Jayrocks says: Nov 4, 2009 1:25 PM

    First of all both games will sell out easily. Secondly I love how people come on here and say it’s embarrasing that we don’t support our team, well let’s see 80 plus dollars a ticket, 25 plus dolars to park, 6 dollar beers, 5 dollar sodas, 5 dollar hotdogs, 20 bucks in gas to get to the game and back home again, It costs me and my girlfriend around 250 plus dollars to see a game. In this economy thats kind of hard to stomach. Thirdly To all the people that say move them to L.A. You people are one of four things, Crazy because La has had two teams , and did’nt support them, so why would they support the vikes, Stupid because California is in about the worst economic state of any state in the country, Christ they can’t even give people their tax refund checks, or they are just trying to piss someone off, or all three. Icould go on and on about the economy and the buissness of football, but what’s the point.

  46. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Nov 4, 2009 1:26 PM

    Also stop comparring Vikings fans to Pack fans.
    Realize this is a 3 sport state “Hockey, Football and Baseball…. Wisconsin is 1!

  47. LarryDavid says: Nov 4, 2009 1:27 PM

    This has nothing to do with having poor fans. The Vikings have a huge and loyal fan base (see the huge TV ratings). Bars and living rooms are cheaper, more convenient, and HD TVs offer better views than attending games in person.
    Some people prefer being at the game and some don’t. The ones that prefer to watch the game on TV are no less of fans than ones that go to games.

  48. JSpicoli says: Nov 4, 2009 1:28 PM

    I said it in the preseason. You will see many teams have non-sellouts, many in playoff contention, before the end of the season. The economy is tanking still.
    The other dynamic is the advent of HD and the sports programming available on TV. Many people attended games in the past because you couldn’t watch it any other way. The times they are a changing. I can watch soccer in Europe for God’s sake. I don’t WANT to, but I can. Thje coverage of sports today is 20,000% greater and more available than the old days when these blackout rules were made.
    After thousands of live events, I am done attending live sports events after 30 years of season tickets for 3 pro sports. I can watch it all at home in HD for less dough and hassle.

  49. sdigre says: Nov 4, 2009 1:28 PM

    u really need to see where these 4000 seats are located. stand behind a 3 ft pole and you’ll get an idea. 3ft obstruction, plus Lions…

  50. zappa says: Nov 4, 2009 1:35 PM

    Only in Green Bay Wisconsin can a man be his own father. Time to start screwing outside the family tree Bob Nelson.

  51. bustabloodvessel says: Nov 4, 2009 1:38 PM

    texasPHINSfan says:
    November 4, 2009 1:21 PM
    everyone giving viking fans crap for not going – this includes packer fans – if you want to send your hard-earned money to the viking fans that cannot afford to go to the game (which i guarantee you is enough to fill the stadium), then i’m sure they would go.
    what a lot of you guys aren’t realizing is that much of this is dictated by finances, not desire or how much of a fan one is. If the game was $5/ticket, i guarantee you it would be sold out every week.
    have some empathy for other NFL fans that aren’t making as much money. some of us are lucky to go to one game a year.
    WELL SPOKEN SIR!!!!!!

  52. GoBrowns19 says: Nov 4, 2009 1:42 PM

    Going to football games is one of the greatest events you can attend, but I wouldn’t step foot in a dome to watch one. It’s ridiculous to have a dome anywhere, let alone when it kills your home field advantage.

  53. Majik Man says: Nov 4, 2009 1:46 PM

    LBPACKFAN says: November 4, 2009 11:59 AM
    Packer fans reading this are trying to figure out what “blackout” means.
    ___________–
    They’re also trying to figure out what “Top-5 Team” means.

  54. DJSlyBri says: Nov 4, 2009 1:48 PM

    I have no idea why you continue to rip Vikings’ fans that would love to go to the games but have been wrecked by the economy left behind by Bush and the Republicans that is only going to get worse thanks to more Republicans being elected yesterday. Very few people can afford to go to any games because they lost their jobs during the Bush regime and have been unable to recover. You should give them a break. Perhaps the Vikings should start giving away some tickets to the less fortunate.

  55. PkrNboro says: Nov 4, 2009 1:54 PM

    just shows that the NFL is a ridiculously over-priced product
    too much money for players
    too much for owners
    too much for customers… it would appear

  56. Supersuckers says: Nov 4, 2009 2:02 PM

    Yeah they were 208.00 a piece. 3 times face value. And that was a steal! Minnesota isn’t selling their face value seats. Anyone can buy a ticket to the Super Bowl too if they want to go that bad.

  57. houskat says: Nov 4, 2009 2:04 PM

    was’nt the vikes last home blackout in 1997 ?

  58. DasRipper says: Nov 4, 2009 2:07 PM

    I enjoy the NFL experience from home 10x that of going to the game.
    No traffic, no parking, cheap, plentiful beer, BJ’s at halftime…you get the drift.

  59. Satanic Hell Creature says: Nov 4, 2009 2:10 PM

    LBPACKFAN says:
    November 4, 2009 11:59 AM
    Packer fans reading this are trying to figure out what “blackout” means.
    _________________________________
    Actually Packer fans are trying to figure out what league’s elite, 7-1 and 9-1 are.

  60. Deb says: Nov 4, 2009 2:11 PM

    This is ridiculous on so many levels. For one, talk blackout when there’s a blackout. And LA already blew it. Twice.
    Skyboxes have TVs. Owners should try turning to the news and getting a clue. If middle class fans have to choose between buying their kids’ Christmas presents or paying premium for Lions tix, there’s no choice.
    Fans have remained loyal to sorry teams through YEARS of heartache. The NFL can be loyal to fans through a recession instead of threatening to move their teams to LA or Europe. Instead, they should try reining in some idiot owners. Tell Little Danny Snyder it’s a pro football team, not a train set. Thank God I have the Rooneys.

  61. SF Saints Fan says: Nov 4, 2009 2:12 PM

    I understand all the “economic” arguments being made by some people who can’t afford to go to a game, but this is a metropolitan area of over 3 million people and a stadium with a little over 60,000 seats. My comparison is New Orleans with a metropolitan area of a little over 1 million, a larger stadium, and higher ticket prices. The Saints have a season ticket waiting list in the tens of thousands and have of course sold out the season. Is the economy that much worse in Minnesota? Is the stadium that much worse? (I have to say yes, because I have been to both and the Metrodome sucks even though it opened in 1982 and the Superdome opened in 1975.) Are the fans not as passionate about the games?
    I understand it’s the Lions and Seahawks, but the Saints sold out the Lions game and the Tampa game at the end of the season…… I would think that the game will sell out, but it would really be pathetic if they can’t sell out a playoff game in January.

  62. sven_ftw says: Nov 4, 2009 2:16 PM

    this has always bummed me out as a vikes fan living in houston. i’d LOVE the opportunity to watch them play on a regular basis. i was so excited to just be able to go watch them for the 3rd preseason game…

  63. CdnMike says: Nov 4, 2009 2:17 PM

    Actually zigi GILF.. I buy my tickets the minute the single game tickets go on sale.
    If I’m going on a whim I can get them on stub hub.
    But you and the rest of the guys are right, it is a ways away and I will chill out.

  64. CdnMike says: Nov 4, 2009 2:21 PM

    Oh and one other thing to all of you guys saying the Dome is a pile of shit and I will go once they build a new stadium.
    What comes first, the chicken or the egg?
    What comes first, a new stadium or support for the team that shows that the new stadium will be sold out every week?
    If there were at least 60% season ticket holders the Viks would have a new stadium by now.

  65. sand0 says: Nov 4, 2009 2:22 PM

    The Vikings have not had a blackout in 7 years. The purpose of this thread is to give Packers fans, still licking their wounds, a “win”. It has been this way every year since blackouts existed.
    Every season it is the same. There are a few weak matchups where people don’t want to buy seats in the crap sections. The TV network will often have to purchase the last 200 to 1500 seats out of the 64,000 total seats. The seats are usually always in the same parts of the same sections. In my experience, 4000 seats with 2 weeks to sell them and a 7-1 team will most likely result in no TV Network “bail out”. But it does happen.
    The ratings for both Vikings/Packers showdowns were higher in Minneapolis than they were in Milwaukee and Green Bay, so you’d have to be a fool to think this state doesn’t love their football. We watch the hell out of the Vikings. We fill the worst stadium in the NFL up every week and it is one of the loudest venues in the NFL. We just come a little short on some of the worse seats in the house.
    Vikes to LA. Never happen. The team is way too popular here. Just look at the ratings and 7 year non blackout record.

  66. Lamblow Field filled with Dairyland Drunks says: Nov 4, 2009 2:27 PM

    Did you see all the Viking fans at GreenGay last week that was pathetic. I’m Vikes season ticket holder and wouldn’t ever sell the PaQueer game to a PaQueer fan!

  67. mixman34 says: Nov 4, 2009 2:29 PM

    @CdnMike
    Go cheer on the Packers, we love our squad and the games will be sold out, end of story. We don’t need cynics amongst or fellow Vikings mates.
    Oh and we love our fellow brethren, except for your ignorant ass obviously. Or should I say eh?

  68. I Used to Hate Favre Guy says: Nov 4, 2009 2:30 PM

    DJSlyBri- When all else fails it’s Bush’s fault…IALTO. Take you politics and go post on MSNBC, Asshole.

  69. Bob Loblaw says: Nov 4, 2009 2:39 PM

    DasRipper says: “I enjoy the NFL experience from home 10x that of going to the game. No traffic, no parking, cheap, plentiful beer, BJ’s at halftime.”
    Well if you’re an Iowa college football fan you can still get the BJ’s at halftime at the dome. True story from last year’s Gopher-Hawkeye game.
    Unfortunately for the Iowa fan, cops came before the did.

  70. symo2k20 says: Nov 4, 2009 2:46 PM

    Do you really want to put up 80+ bucks for noise bleed seats to watch a crappy Lions team or the “sick-to-my-stomach” green jerseys of the Seahawks. I rather save my money for the Bengals or Bears which is happening later this year.

  71. symo2k20 says: Nov 4, 2009 2:51 PM

    This is to all the dumbass readers, the metrodome is 64,000 large. Lions game is at 60,000 sold and the Seahawks at 61,000 sold. We have hardcore fans, a-holes.

  72. cliffcla says: Nov 4, 2009 3:00 PM

    Hello!!! It is still 2-3 weeks before the game.. The Vikings have been farther than that away 5 days before the game. Plus considering that the Vikes are nearly locks in those games they will sell out……..

  73. Chickenfoot says: Nov 4, 2009 3:04 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    November 4, 2009 2:02 PM
    Yeah they were 208.00 a piece. 3 times face value. And that was a steal! Minnesota isn’t selling their face value seats. Anyone can buy a ticket to the Super Bowl too if they want to go that bad.
    So essentially what you are saying is it is ok for “loyal” Packer fans to sell their seats, but not ok for the Vikings” disloyal” fans not to buy obstructed view seats?
    Sounds like convuluted logic to justify your fellow fans antics.
    60,000 out of 64,000 sold is not bad, not with this much time left.
    We can’t all be fans of teams whose grandparents made sure there were so few tickets available…..
    that is, unless they get the “right price” for them.

  74. Bob Nelson says: Nov 4, 2009 3:09 PM

    Minnesota is a terrible NFL market for any team attempting to be located in Packer country. It was a mistake made by the NFL done in haste to keep the AFL out.
    40% of NFL fans in Minnesota are Packer fans.
    If they have trouble at 7-1 avoiding blackouts you know they are a prime candidate to move to a better NFL market like Los Angeles.
    The Cowboys and the vikings have been in the league about the same number of years. One has been a financial success and the other has not.
    Jerry Jones is right when he says franchises like the vikings have not been pulling their weight and taking NFL welfare from small market teams have been pulling in more than their share of revenue.
    The vikings have never been financially productive.

  75. CdnMike says: Nov 4, 2009 3:10 PM

    mixman,
    Kiss my ass! I gaurantee I am a much bigger Vikings fan than you. Maybe you should read the posts of other people around the area that say they’d rather sit on their couches than go to a game. That is not support!!
    For the record, I’m not putting down the people who already go to games or people who really can’t afford it. I sympathize with people that can’t afford it. However, to say your a fan but you would rather sit on your couch than experience the game first hand is just plain shit!!
    I would be heart broken if this team moved due to lack of support.

  76. ewurm says: Nov 4, 2009 3:22 PM

    I’ll go ahead and say it. I’m from Minnesota and I am NOT a “DIE HARD” football fan. It’s just sports. It doesn’t mean much. I’m not paying hundreds of dollars to drive 30 minutes, pay another $20 to park, sit next to you drunk slobs and have crappy beer spilled on me, then drive back home. I’d much rather drink Newcastle on the couch, eatpizza and watch the game. If they black it out, I’ll do something else. The only real satisfaction I get from football is watching the rest of you whine when your teams lose. I wouldn’t go to Vikings-Lions if you gave me tickets and seated me next to Fran Tarkenton.

  77. Samaritan_1 says: Nov 4, 2009 3:27 PM

    I don’t know what the Viking fans are complaining about their temperature controlled dome. I guess they never been in candlestick.

  78. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 4, 2009 3:30 PM

    DJSlyBri says:
    November 4, 2009 1:48 PM
    I have no idea why you continue to rip Vikings’ fans that would love to go to the games but have been wrecked by the economy left behind by Bush and the Republicans that is only going to get worse thanks to more Republicans being elected yesterday. Very few people can afford to go to any games because they lost their jobs during the Bush regime and have been unable to recover. You should give them a break. Perhaps the Vikings should start giving away some tickets to the less fortunate.
    —————————-
    Yes, it’s definitely the fault of the new governors of Virginia and New Jersey. Let’s blame them!

  79. Bob Nelson says: Nov 4, 2009 3:32 PM

    Last year the Minnesota franchise required multiple bailouts by the local Fox affiliate in order to televise games.
    How can there be talk of a new stadium when they can fill the one they have (63,000 capacity)?
    Jerry Jones is right. The Chiefs have a bad team in a smaller market yet Arrowhead is sold out every week. Green Bay with a population of just over 100,000 has sold out every game (over 71,000 capacity) since Lambeau Field became Lambeau Field.
    Currently there are no plans, no financing, or any feasibility studies done on a new Minnesota stadium. The new owners can’t make public their plans to move the franchise until after their Metrodome Arena lease expires in 2011.
    They have to move the franchise for their financial survival.

  80. LarryDavid says: Nov 4, 2009 3:44 PM

    CdnMike said: “However, to say your a fan but you would rather sit on your couch than experience the game first hand is just plain shit!!”
    That’s a matter of opinion. I WOULD rather sit on my couch than experience the game first hand. I would gladly pay a small fee to watch the game on TV versus go to the game. You can’t beat the view.
    Bob Nelson said: “40% of NFL fans in Minnesota are Packer fans.”
    Way to pull numbers out of the sky. I live in Minnesota and haven’t seen one person wearing Packers apparel this week. This is a combination of your number being way too high and Packers fans being the typical fair-weather fans that they are.

  81. Supersuckers says: Nov 4, 2009 4:01 PM

    Chicken,
    Touche. You are correct in the fact that those last 4000 seats are arguably the worst seats to watch a football game on earth. Lower level is ok there. Those 4000 that are unsold I wouldnt buy either. face value or LESS. Couch in HD much more preferred.

  82. Supersuckers says: Nov 4, 2009 4:08 PM

    Though this is interesting. just now I went to tticketmaster and did best available and it came back with lower level on about the 30 yard line 30th row. Pretty much right where they put the TV cameras.

  83. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Nov 4, 2009 4:13 PM

    CdnMike
    Who cares that you drive once a year down to see the Vikes… You have no other major market sports team for hundreds of miles… Stop acting like you do your part. We know that plenty of our neighbors to the north travel in for the games but to say that just becuase some Canadians make the trip there should be no reason for a non sell out from MPLS residents is redonkulous! Since you wont be paying for taxes on the new stadium “which I support” I hope you attend 3 more games this year to fill Zigi’s pockets….

  84. Chickenfoot says: Nov 4, 2009 4:18 PM

    I am continually amazed at how Bob generates responses from anyone.
    He has about 6 different posts for different occasions.
    This leads me to believe it is Florio in “disguise”, drumming up hits.

  85. Chickenfoot says: Nov 4, 2009 4:19 PM

    Super:
    Didn’t mean to infer they were all bad.
    I guess some Vikes fans are pulling a “packer” and selling good seats.
    How much they going for?

  86. Supersuckers says: Nov 4, 2009 4:23 PM

    And yes even though packer season tickets are handed down through families in some cases its the name that gets handed down. They still have to be paid for every year. Uncle Louis dies and hands them down to little Johnny and little Johhny says he doesnt want them they go to the next person on the list.

  87. SF Saints Fan says: Nov 4, 2009 4:41 PM

    Supersuckers:
    “Though this is interesting. just now I went to ticketmaster and did best available and it came back with lower level on about the 30 yard line 30th row. Pretty much right where they put the TV cameras.”
    I just did the same thing, did a search for best available seats. Got two seats to come up in Section 135 at the 30 Yard Line Lower Level 3o Rows up for $135 per ticket. If this ticket was available for a Saints Game (which it is not because the Saints have sold out the entire Superdome to season ticket holders) the same ticket would be $165 per seat. And the Saints played Detroit at home the first game of the season, so the argument that the opponent sucks also does not hold water.
    The argument that the game is not sold out because the only seats that are available are in the nose bleed sections does not hold. These are premium seats for less than the cost of similar seats in other NFL cities for a team that is 7-1. I understand why fans don’t buy home games in cities with terrible franchises/records, but this is ridiculous!
    I guess the economy in Minnesota must be really, really bad!

  88. CdnMike says: Nov 4, 2009 4:43 PM

    Chicken:
    They are for sale on ticketmaster which means they are not resale tickets. SO no one is “pulling a packer”. These tickets have never been purchased.

  89. Gordon Tremeshko says: Nov 4, 2009 5:41 PM

    60,000 plus seats. Roughly 6% unsold two weeks before the first game. This is such a huge story. There is a smaller percent chance that these games will be blacked out than the actual percentage of unsold seats.
    You really can tell when Florio likes to stir the pot in order to generate comments. All he has to do is promulgate the stereotypes that opposing fans throw at a team or fan base and everyone goes crazy. 88 comments so far pretty much proves that. Next you’ll be providing us with a headline saying that Packer’s fans are drunks or that Arizona fans are old.
    Great marketing PFT. Now more people will click on your “How I got 6 pack abs in 4 weeks” ads.

  90. Contra says: Nov 4, 2009 5:43 PM

    Bob Nelson…(im going to attempt to write like a douchebag…you…here we go)
    Bob likes to pull stats out of his ass. 40% of fans in MN are Vikings fans right? Riiiiiight.
    Bob has also never mentioned anything about the Vikings and Favre beating up the Packers and sweeping them this year.
    Bob lives in the basement of his grandmothers home.
    Thinks he knows everything.
    40% 60% 44%…percentages everywhere but no proof.
    I agree with most people in saying that Bob is Mike Florio in disguise trying to drum up some hits via responses to Bob.
    Bob…just leave. Seriously, you have no purpose here besides spewing crap stats out of your ass.

  91. Crazydiamond says: Nov 4, 2009 6:10 PM

    Ok. That’s it. Everyone on this site: Please stop responding to Bob Nelson’s stupid posts. Then maybe he will go away.

  92. purpleguy says: Nov 4, 2009 6:14 PM

    Well, Mike has met his daily hit/post quota with this one, timed perfectly to give the cheesers the only real ammo against Viking fans in their collective polyester pant hip pocket. Let em crow about Lambeau sellouts, even though last Sunday’s game had enough purple to look like a home game. Let em talk about Pack fans in MN, when we all know the reason is that MN has the jobs. Let them talk about unsold tickets more than a week in advance, when its the same case in 50% of the other NFL towns, but not mentioned on this site. Let em harp about a team that has sold out every game for over 10 years and kicked their team’s collective posteriors on two separate occasions this year. Come on, we’ve got to have some heart here folks.

  93. Supersuckers says: Nov 4, 2009 7:07 PM

    Chicken,
    CDNMike is correct. You could walk up to the box office and purchase those seats on Ticketmaster. They aren’t ebay like the ones we bought last week. They are unsold and not season tickets.

  94. Supersuckers says: Nov 4, 2009 9:14 PM

    Rephrase..You could walk up to the box office and purchase those seats just as if you would on Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster is the face value ticket outlet of the NFL for unsold seats.

  95. MasterShake says: Nov 4, 2009 11:20 PM

    Instead of having players (eight-five) and local corporations buy tickets to avoid blackouts, why not have the NFL become closer allies with airlines? People are fans from places not close enough to drive but would love to get a chance to see their team play even if it’s a crap game like these. Can’t they package a flight, hotel, and game ticket for a decent price? Personally, I don’t need any big frills on a trip like this. Just get me from Cali to Minny for a fricken game and back home again. I hear the Metrodome is crap, but I’d like to see the turd before they rip it down and then someday maybe see the new OUTDOOR stadium. On the cheap of course.

  96. SpartaChris says: Nov 5, 2009 1:37 AM

    bustabloodvessel says:
    November 4, 2009 1:05 PM
    …That’s a lot of crap to have to put up with when I can watch the game on my couch on my 52 inch tv for free.
    ====================================
    I love the “Why go to the game when you can enjoy it for free at home” argument. So what would you do in the event of a blackout? Bitch that you can’t watch it for free at home?

  97. Chickenfoot says: Nov 5, 2009 8:31 AM

    Sparta:
    Some people have progressed from the 3 channels and rabbit ears days.
    You ever hear of NFL sunday ticket?

  98. Supersuckers says: Nov 5, 2009 9:15 AM

    Chicken,
    Blackout rules still apply for Sunday ticket. Plus when you watch on satellite the play is over before you actuall see the ball snapped. No thanks. I have a big enough issue with the 1 second delay from radio to TV on Charter!

  99. Chickenfoot says: Nov 5, 2009 11:42 AM

    Only in the greater Twin Cities metro area Super.
    Not all Vikes fans live there.
    None issue anyway, the few thousand tickets will be taken care of.

  100. Supersuckers says: Nov 5, 2009 12:45 PM

    whoever would get vikings games locally i.e. rochester duluth etc would be affected. yeah a corporation with big time ad spending for the game usually bails them out. They need a stadium. i would not pay face value to watch games in those seats.

  101. PervyHarvin says: Nov 5, 2009 1:59 PM

    Not even a story. Same old shit. Few thousand crap tickets halfway up to space, Chickenfoot is right. Be taken care of.

  102. Chickenfoot says: Nov 5, 2009 2:08 PM

    Come off it Super,
    It’s not just in Minnesota that this happens.
    It’s not like the place is half full on game day, we are talking neaarly 94 % sold!
    Yep the Pack is sold out. BFD!
    I guess that makes the Pack a better franchise.
    I know for a fact you and 99% of the other fans here don’t own season tickets, or go to more than 1 game a year, so for you to sit here and take credit for the sell outs or ridicule the Vikings for being at 94 % capacity is asinine, then again, i don’t really expect anything less out of packer fans.
    SEACREST OUT!!!!

  103. Supersuckers says: Nov 5, 2009 3:14 PM

    Actually Pervy you could walk up to the dumps box office right now and get seats for Detroit on the 35 yd line lower level.

  104. PervyHarvin says: Nov 5, 2009 3:57 PM

    Only a story because of a great Vikes team this year. That 35 yd line seat be gone soon. Blackout will never happen. 97?? Not too worried.

  105. purple hay-seuss says: Nov 5, 2009 7:02 PM

    All I care about is getting healthy for the Detroit game. Winning cures everything. The money river deepens, the Press Machine accelerates, players want to stay, and people buy season tickets. I’m certain that there are several thousand Season Tickets in Minnesota as of this hour. If the Vikes keep winning, that number will decrease weekly.
    I would go if I was anywhere near the Hump. I’m not. But I don’t live and die by the weekly score. I follow, but I have a life, too. Most of us do, other than the usual slate of dweebs that we all ridicule here. (Sorry, Ambrose, but you’re creeping back onto the list of common GB dillrods again. Sorry to see it.)
    Get Winfield back! Paymah was getting toasted again at Lambeau. Play more Asher Allen. I’d love to have Sharper back, but then if my Mom had a mustache and armpit hair, she’d be tending bar in a Bowling Alley in Green Bay. And getting big tips.

  106. Chickenfoot says: Nov 6, 2009 10:23 AM

    Who cares about blackouts anyway.
    All I know is that Supers undies face a brownout on a daily basis!!

  107. vikestwinswild1 says: Nov 6, 2009 7:09 PM

    Here is the reality, being a fan who attends games can hurt you financially. I am a Vikings season ticket holder who attends every game (except the preseason) but I also like to attend Twins & Wild games as well and also like to see the Gopher Hockey & Basketball teams in person as well. It can really add up.

  108. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 7, 2009 9:58 PM

    Bob Nelson:
    Your numbers are 100% correct 0% of the time.
    You are the biggest IDIOT I have ever read.
    WOW!!

  109. 1stngoal says: Nov 9, 2009 10:48 PM

    Reality check for “PerryMason”: The Vikings didn’t beat the Pack. Favre did.

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