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Cardinals game avoids blackout, but tickets remain

For the 43rd straight time at their new stadium, the Arizona Cardinals have “sold out” and will be seen in their local market.

The team says only “a handful” of tickets remain, but Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette was quoted a different number.

A Ticketmaster spokesperson told his paper that 4,100 tickets were available earlier Thursday.  The Cardinals may have sold many tickets in the meantime, but that big a gap shows how ticket numbers and information can be skewed.

For instance, we mentioned how the Patriots announced 100 tickets were being made available Wednesday morning at 10ET. 

A Ticketmaster search yesterday indicated there were likely many more tickets available than 100.  32 hours later, there are still good seats left in the mezzanine section. (There are far less options than yesterday; you can’t get four seats together and less sections are available overall.)

The available tickets aren’t proof of weak fanbases, but they do show even the NFL isn’t totally immune to the economic downturn.

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56 Responses to “Cardinals game avoids blackout, but tickets remain”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 7, 2010 6:33 PM

    Can someone explain to me why it would make sense to blackout a home teams playoff game? I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of anger that fans would show and would be rigth to do so.

  2. SATAN says: Jan 7, 2010 6:35 PM

    Thr Fiesta bowl was Monday. There may be about 8,000 extra seats that may not count for a sellout if they are stiil there sunday

  3. Allied Biscuit says: Jan 7, 2010 6:40 PM

    Make way for the stupid fans crying ‘no loyalty’ or some crap like that. Sorry dumb shits, most people just don’t want to spend over $100 a ticket. hell, it’s probably $200.

  4. Schau3r says: Jan 7, 2010 6:40 PM

    No kidding the want hide the availablity of the ones being sold by third parties….They already got all the money they are from them. Plus, with nearly 20,000 Packer fans there last week they probably don’t want the “Go Pack Go” chants invading their stadium this weekend too.

  5. Contra says: Jan 7, 2010 6:41 PM

    Available tickets arent proof of weak fanbases huh? tell that to all the idiots on PFT that use that as an attack on the MN Vikings. See, if happens EVERYWHERE!

  6. Moose Skyway says: Jan 7, 2010 6:42 PM

    The available tickets aren’t proof of weak fanbases, but they do show even the NFL isn’t totally immune to the economic downturn.
    -Or, you know, they are.

  7. CanadianVikingFan says: Jan 7, 2010 6:44 PM

    Pack fans will fill it up. Any team that travels to Arizona ends up filling that stadium.

  8. Thunderbolt says: Jan 7, 2010 6:44 PM

    Move the Cardinals and Patriots to LA! Their fans obviously suck and the cities can’t support an NFL team.

  9. WeaponX says: Jan 7, 2010 6:45 PM

    Dear Cardinal fans: you are pathetic! you deserve nothing! I hope your next championship game drought last 50 more years… I could of got tickets to this game for 10 bucks if I wanted. Screw off… I’d move that team to LA, cause you fans blow.

  10. shaunypoo says: Jan 7, 2010 6:46 PM

    “The available tickets aren’t proof of weak fanbases, but they do show even the NFL isn’t totally immune to the economic downturn. ”
    This is when I knew it wasn’t written by Florio. This happens to the Bengals, he is all over them. I expect to see 50+ post from tools telling the Cardinal fans they are bandwagon and don’t deserve a team. Then I expect to see an article from Florio stating that the Bengals sold out their game in what is going to be the equivalent of arctic tundra in a significantly more expeditious fashion.
    I can dream, can’t I?

  11. Pack_Attack says: Jan 7, 2010 6:49 PM

    ***snicker***

  12. LBPACKFAN says: Jan 7, 2010 6:50 PM

    Eagles fans took care of the Metrodome scare last year…Pack fans should take of this one.

  13. MoD-White says: Jan 7, 2010 6:50 PM

    # Contra says: January 7, 2010 6:41 PM
    Available tickets arent proof of weak fanbases huh? tell that to all the idiots on PFT that use that as an attack on the MN Vikings. See, if happens EVERYWHERE!
    really? doesn’t happen in green bay

  14. Schau3r says: Jan 7, 2010 6:55 PM

    @contra
    Really? Have you been to Lambeau? It does NOT happen everywhere.
    Im sure dallas, pittsburgh, and others are the same way. I just know what Lambeau is like and you clowns are pathetic bandwagon fans un MN. With a population of the twin cities, It IS a complete joke. Green Bay has 100,000 people. Filling 72,000 on game day? NO PROBLEM.

  15. WashingtonRedstorms says: Jan 7, 2010 6:58 PM

    Packers 31 Cards 17…
    Packers vs Vikings……second round!!!

  16. Schau3r says: Jan 7, 2010 7:01 PM

    @shaunny poo
    Green Bay fills a stadium, prices at the game are outrageous when you consider 8 of them at the median income of a family in Green Bay. In cities like Cincinatti, Phoenix/Glendale, and the Twin Cities…it IS pathetic sorry. And Florio is right if he claims that even though I havent read anything where he has..

  17. PerryMason says: Jan 7, 2010 7:02 PM

    # Contra says: January 7, 2010 6:41 PM
    really? doesn’t happen in green bay
    ________________________
    That’s because the Packers are not a free enterprise organization who believe in the American Way.
    They are communally owned like the teams from North Korea.
    The Packers and their fans are Pinko Commies.

  18. Fan of Football says: Jan 7, 2010 7:08 PM

    Most Wisconsinites have to buy two tickets for each person. One seat for themselves, and the other to place the spill over fat.

  19. Dinker123 says: Jan 7, 2010 7:09 PM

    ****THERE IS ONE BIG THING EVERYONE IS FORGETTING!!!!
    Take a quick look at Phoenix, and its overall social dynamic… NO ONE and I mean no one is from there. It is a fairly “new” city in the grand scheme of history, and no one is really from that area. It is an overall younger population. There is no history when it comes to their teams. No glory days of the Cardinals for old timers to live. There is no anticipation.
    I have been out there many times visiting friends…(3 total from Cleveland)… And, I have ALWAYS been amazed at the lack of support that city gives any of its teams… The Suns, comes to mind most. Several years ago, you could get playoff tix at the box office. During football season, you are more likely to see more Pittsburgh or Dallas fans out at the bars.
    So is this surprising? Not at all. Yes, the economy plays a part, but the single handed biggest reason for this situation is being over looked.
    Does anyone else out there agree?
    AND PAY CRIBBS FOR CRIPES SAKES!!!!!!!

  20. TBIH says: Jan 7, 2010 7:09 PM

    Nice fan base Pats.
    It’s not like their are 10,000,000 people within a 45 minute drive of the stadium.
    Oh wait, yes their are.

  21. HockeyGuy1011 says: Jan 7, 2010 7:13 PM

    lol i came to this site by accident i was looking for tmz

  22. LouDawg says: Jan 7, 2010 7:13 PM

    WeaponX says:
    January 7, 2010 6:45 PM
    Dear Cardinal fans: you are pathetic! you deserve nothing! I hope your next championship game drought last 50 more years… I could of got tickets to this game for 10 bucks if I wanted. Screw off… I’d move that team to LA, cause you fans blow.
    It’s “could have” not “could of.” But, given the lack of intelligence of the rest of your post, your mistake doesn’t surprise me. Probably an Eagles fan.
    A previous poster was correct: there were thousands of extra seats installed for the Fiesta Bowl, which won’t count against the quota needed for a sellout, so tickets would remain even if the game were officially a sellout.

  23. dgreenfi says: Jan 7, 2010 7:16 PM

    Still plenty of Cowboys-Eagles tickets available on Ticketmaster too

  24. MkePackFan says: Jan 7, 2010 7:24 PM

    I thought about buying a ticket package to go down for this game but decided against it.
    Either way, hopefully there is a sea of green & gold there like there was last time (and yes, I realize it could be b/c the Cards had no reason to play hard last week).

  25. AlphaBean says: Jan 7, 2010 7:27 PM

    Well to be fair, there is nothing to do in Green Bay besides watch the Packers. Minnesota is still one of the top-five cities in the nation in terms of cultural events, like plays, music etc. I know that might blow your mind, but most people prefer that (and/or Twins games for the early part of the season and Wild games later. Nobody watches the Timberwolves).
    Not me, though. Just sayin’. Why would you sit around and watch lousy football when you could go do something else?

  26. SATAN says: Jan 7, 2010 7:30 PM

    The seats may or may not be there. Last years playoff game was 63K accroding to the Wikipedia NFL playoff page.
    Some one though may have wised up this year

  27. BradyGazelle says: Jan 7, 2010 7:30 PM

    There are lots of great tickets for the Cowboys game still available too! Blocks of four together even…

  28. GBPackers says: Jan 7, 2010 7:47 PM

    PerryMason says:
    January 7, 2010 7:02 PM
    # Contra says: January 7, 2010 6:41 PM
    really? doesn’t happen in green bay
    ________________________
    That’s because the Packers are not a free enterprise organization who believe in the American Way.
    They are communally owned like the teams from North Korea.
    The Packers and their fans are Pinko Commies.
    ————————————————–
    At least the Green Bay “Pinko Commies” will always be Green Bay’s…..jealous bastards.

  29. GBPackers says: Jan 7, 2010 7:59 PM

    DPOY!!
    http://www.packers.com/news/releases/2010/01/07/2/

  30. GBPackers says: Jan 7, 2010 8:00 PM

    In his 12th season from Michigan, this is Woodson’s fourth career Player of the Month Award and third this season (September, November). He is the only player to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Month multiple times in a season. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS and former Indianapolis kicker MIKE VANDERJAGT as the only players to win the award three times in a season.

  31. bluestree says: Jan 7, 2010 8:12 PM

    Dinker123 called it. Folks in cities in the West and South that grew so rapidly in the last two or three decades don’t have the connection with the sports teams in their towns that old rust belt cities do. They tend to jump on the bandwagon when the team is very good, but don’t stick it out year in year out. Anyway, this is a little overblown with the extra seats.

  32. SF Saints Fan says: Jan 7, 2010 8:13 PM

    I just did a complete rundown on Ticketmaster of all the games scheduled in the Wild Card Round and the Divisional Round.
    There ARE tickets available from the host teams for the following games:
    Cowboys
    Bengals
    Patriots
    Cardinals
    That would mean that NONE of the Wild Card games are really “sold out”.
    In the Divisional Round the following teams have tickets available:
    Chargers
    In the Divisional Round the following teams are SOLD OUT:
    Saints
    Vikings
    The Colts game does not come up as “available”. I would assume that means it is sold out, but I cannot tell for sure.

  33. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 7, 2010 8:16 PM

    Schau3r says:
    January 7, 2010 6:55 PM
    @contra
    Really? Have you been to Lambeau? It does NOT happen everywhere.
    Im sure dallas, pittsburgh, and others are the same way. I just know what Lambeau is like and you clowns are pathetic bandwagon fans un MN. With a population of the twin cities, It IS a complete joke. Green Bay has 100,000 people. Filling 72,000 on game day? NO PROBLEM.
    =======================
    yeah, because the only Wisconsin Packer fans are from Green Bay….What an asshat!

  34. Contra says: Jan 7, 2010 8:18 PM

    Schau3r says:
    January 7, 2010 6:55 PM
    @contra
    Really? Have you been to Lambeau? It does NOT happen everywhere.
    Im sure dallas, pittsburgh, and others are the same way. I just know what Lambeau is like and you clowns are pathetic bandwagon fans un MN. With a population of the twin cities, It IS a complete joke. Green Bay has 100,000 people. Filling 72,000 on game day? NO PROBLEM.
    ————
    REALLY…have you been to Green Bay? What else is there to do besides watch football and go home to an ugly overweight wife? Ive been to Green Bay and yes Ive been to Lambeau and there is absolutely NOTHING to do in Green Bay besides watch the Packers. I too would go to all the games if that was my only escape.

  35. Contra says: Jan 7, 2010 8:21 PM

    Imagine that, Vikings Divisional game sold out BEFORE we even know who our opponent is. How can that be if we are supposedly a weak fan base? Sold out BEFORE we know who we are playing. Im sure someone will come up with a witty attempt at an excuse.

  36. SabreNation says: Jan 7, 2010 9:14 PM

    Not a sign of a weak fan base?
    Economic downturn?
    Buffalo, NY – being a part of the “rust belt” – entered an “economic downturn” about 30 years earlier than the rest of the country and still hasn’t recovered.
    Yet we managed to sell out nearly 80,000 tickets to watch a 5-10 football team play a #1 seed who everyone KNEW would not be playing their starters in what amounted to a pre-season football game being played in the middle of a blizzard with near-zero temperatures.
    And it was sold out by Wednesday.
    Yet when it comes to teams moving to LA, EVERYONE wants to talk about Buffalo…

  37. cusoman says: Jan 7, 2010 9:15 PM

    @Contra
    It will be a pitiful attempt, because their normal responses won’t work. Local TV station bought ‘em? Nope. Opponent sold our the game? Don’t even know who that is yet, so you really can’t go off that. Seats in the stadium are tarped? hahahahaha, no.

  38. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 7, 2010 10:10 PM

    Let the truth be spoken. A high number of tickets were set aside as carryover by the Cards in hope that Packer fans would grab them up. It was a genius move in an attempt to boost concession sales at the stadium. They knew food and drink sales would go through the roof with more Packer swine in attendance. Look for this to become a trend in future teams hosting the Packers.

  39. packers4life says: Jan 7, 2010 10:21 PM

    “Not me, though. Just sayin’. Why would you sit around and watch lousy football when you could go do something else?”
    If people in Minneapolis don’t care about football that much, then why the hell should the Vikings stay there? I mean, seriously. You are trying to make an argument about why they don’t sell out games when in reality, you are just proving more and more to why the Vikings shouldn’t stay there.

  40. packers4life says: Jan 7, 2010 10:26 PM

    “go home to an ugly overweight wife?”
    Hey now there is no need for your personal stories here on PFT and you talking about your wife like that.
    If you think there is nothing to do in Green Bay, then you must have the most boring, dullest piece of crap life anyone has.

  41. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 7, 2010 11:14 PM

    screw off rosen…tired writing for nothing. you don’t get it

  42. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 8, 2010 12:06 AM

    ok rosen…we can be pen pals again!

  43. The Genius says: Jan 8, 2010 12:39 AM

    “Pack fans will fill it up. Any team that travels to Arizona ends up filling that stadium”.
    Thats what the retarded Falcons and Eagles fans said during the playoffs last year. Nothing but mindless morons talking ignorant trash.
    I actually was at both playoff games last year in Arizona. Both games were jam packed with Cardinals fans and was as loud as it could get.
    But its all good. Spew your clueless opinions on this forum.
    DOPES!

  44. packers4life says: Jan 8, 2010 1:36 AM

    “Thats what the retarded Falcons and Eagles fans said during the playoffs last year. Nothing but mindless morons talking ignorant trash.
    I actually was at both playoff games last year in Arizona. Both games were jam packed with Cardinals fans and was as loud as it could get.”
    Dude. Neither of those fanbases compare to the Packer fanbase, especially the Falcons.

  45. DJSlyBri says: Jan 8, 2010 2:59 AM

    Oh please, “Genius.” If that pool company didn’t buy the last several thousands tickets, the game against the Falcons would not have sold out. And that was with the smaller configration of U of Phoenix stadium.
    And here is another for you. To keep Eagles fans out, the Cards would only sell to Arizona residents for the Eagles game. I had to have my buddy in AZ get me the tickets.
    I lived in the Phoenix area for over 4 years. There are no real Cardinals fans. Only those that show up when they think it is cool to do so.

  46. mr.football says: Jan 8, 2010 6:21 AM

    Obviously, this topic was invented to sell some Cardinals tickets… and it will work. Using the media for a little bit of advertising is nothing new. That’s business.

  47. shaunypoo says: Jan 8, 2010 7:00 AM

    Sorry Schaur3r, Cincinnati is a small market club in a down area, and does not have the history of GB. GB is an anomoly in the NFL, and the fan base is fantastic. I have been to games there and it is one of the best stadiums to be an opposing fan in, but my point is that Florio bangs on us for barely selling out a few games against low level non-competing opponents, but when a playoff game that is not the Bengals has trouble selling out, he has someone else write an article.
    And all games always have some tickets available because Ticketmaster, Stub Hub, etc. always buy some up to sell. Sold out means that the team has sold all the tickets to someone, and they don’t care who bought them.

  48. GoBrowns19 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:16 AM

    Well, when companies like Nationwide are outsourcing their jobs to India, Americans are going to be without money. Simple economics.

  49. No-Neck says: Jan 8, 2010 9:27 AM

    Can’t sell all their tickets. I’ve got an idea, move them to L.A. Why don’t we just close down all the teams in the “small markets” and just have teams in New York and L.A. If we had this attitude back in the 50s and 60s the Steelers and Packers wouldn’t even exist. The Bucs and Seahawks would have been moved in the 80s. I’m sick of stories of fan bases who can’t support their teams. We’ve been going through the worst economy since the Great Depression and every hiccup in ticket sales means the sky is falling and that we should move teams like they are monopoly pieces. I just love the arrogance of these elitist fans from the wine and cheese markets.

  50. SterilizeTHenry says: Jan 8, 2010 9:28 AM

    Does it even matter if it is blacked out? Won’t it be nationally televised anyway, even if it is blacked out locally?

  51. Calistin says: Jan 8, 2010 9:37 AM

    Packers are the team to beat in the playoffs, hottest NFC team by far.
    Cowboys suck, Pack dominated them.
    Vikings beat the Pack, but in competivie games, and against our 3rd string LT, and w/o Finely, and Bigby. (Vikings fans like to forget this)
    Arizona is not in the Packers league at the moment.
    Eagles, only decent opponent for the Packers aside from the obvious Saints.
    Saints, kinda sucks when you peak in October huh?

  52. The Genius says: Jan 8, 2010 10:27 AM

    “Dude. Neither of those fanbases compare to the Packer fanbase, especially the Falcons”.
    Yep. That is exactly what the Eagle fans said about the Falcons fans.
    Yep.
    Welcome to Arizona. DOPES!

  53. Ambrose says: Jan 8, 2010 10:52 AM

    Pervy…
    Is that all you got? Every time the subject of the Packers or Wisconsin comes up you and your dimwitted friends play the “fat” card? Do you live in the US? Note to Pervy and your cretin firiends…THIS WHOLE COUNTRY IS FAT! And to make it worse, the kids are fatter than ever. Take a stroll through Mall of America if you want to see what the future has in store. And I suspect you are also very fat, I would bet on it. The persons that talk the loudest about the same subject over and over and over are self-loathers and are victims of their own rants. And don’t come back with how tough you are and how you used to box, and you still fit into your sister’s prom dress, blah, blah, fricking blah. The Packers must have the Viking fans scared silly to try to make it personal instead of about football. Get original for chrissakes. Try to have at least one original idea per week, even if you have to steal it. When everyone in the world and their brother knows that people from Minnesota and Wisconsin are clones of each other, you continue to play that crap? It is so second-grade humor that I guess I shouldn’t be surprised coming from the likes of you. I hope to God that the Packers win, Philly wins, and the Packers kick your sorry asses, so you can finally STFU.

  54. The Genius says: Jan 8, 2010 10:58 AM

    “To keep Eagles fans out, the Cards would only sell to Arizona residents for the Eagles game”.
    Get your facts straight. Arizona residents got first chance to buy tickets. Sold out in 6 minutes.
    Welcome to Arizona. DOPES!!!

  55. danlinker says: Jan 8, 2010 12:18 PM

    Who cares about all this? Cards win, hopefully in front of A LOT of pack fans. In AZ we LOVE when other teams fans come out expecting an easy victory. Then, their team loses, and their fans get their asses kicked in one of our bars for mouthing off afterwards. Ive seen it. It’s great. Come on out. If you haven’t lived here for a long time, then you don’t know how many hard ass types we have out here. Come find out. We’re waiting for you.

  56. Ambrose says: Jan 8, 2010 1:03 PM

    Oooooh Danlinker…you make us all so very afraid. What happens when the Cardinals lose, do you whine and mouth off to yourselves and beat yourselves up? You must be pretty sore after last week then.

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