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Vikings cut upper level tickets by 50 percent for Lions, Bucs games

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As the Vikings start the final year of their lease at the Metrodome, they could have a hard time selling all available tickets to the games that will be played there.

The team has posted at its official website a “Special Offer” for the September 18 game against the Buccaneers and the September 25 game against the Lions.

The offer consists of a 50-percent reduction in ticket prices for upper level seats at the stadium for both games.

It’s unknown how many seats remain to be sold.  The fact that the team has felt compelled to slash the prices so steeply suggests that the number is far closer to plenty than none.

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58 Responses to “Vikings cut upper level tickets by 50 percent for Lions, Bucs games”
  1. vahawker says: Aug 28, 2011 9:59 PM

    Wait…ticket prices are too high?! Hard to believe..

  2. seneca1ss says: Aug 28, 2011 10:03 PM

    Sports media love to rip cities with attendance problems. It’s easy to do if YOU HAVE A JOB

  3. 1mge says: Aug 28, 2011 10:04 PM

    Ha Ha!

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 28, 2011 10:19 PM

    You can’t make it up. Maybe they should try taping a $20 bill to the tickets and then giving them away for free….

  5. vikefan says: Aug 28, 2011 10:23 PM

    ….a nice kick in the nards for us season ticket holders.

    ironically, after reading this on FB on Thursday, i was so peeved i called the Vikings myself & spoke to one of their director of ticket sales for bout an hour. this was not done by the Vikings but more of a promotional offer requested by Verizon, one of their major sponsors. Verizon is actually the one sponsoring/supporting this while the Vikings just had to approve it for Verizon. Vikings basically have nothing to do with this promo. i expect it is for 2 reasons: 1. verizon is a major sponsor if running commercials during games they dont want games to be blacked out and 2. it will not look good at all for a team attempting its hail mary pass this fall for a new stadium deal to be blacking out games for the local market. I was very upset at discovering this but after talking to Phil he assured me season ticket holders are always at the forefront of any thought out promotion and always cognisent of how any promo such as this will appear to season ticket holders. apperently for whatever reason this was the brain child of Verizon wireless who begged the Vikings to allow this promo. but a full dome is better than a half empy one. maybe its time for wilfs to pay for stadium all on their own, sell psl’s, and blackout tv, that way only ppl seeing the game r the ones that purchased a ticket, & the rest can cry foul even though you have no reason to bitch cause no one wanted to pay for it.

  6. thephantomstranger says: Aug 28, 2011 10:31 PM

    Bad economy + terrible stadium + uncertainty about the team = low demand for tickets. I’m glad the Vikings know something about economics. If they win a few games early, they won’t have any trouble selling tickets.

  7. tradebait9 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:35 PM

    I’ll be expecting my 50% refund in the mail for my season tickets.

  8. hooknosemike says: Aug 28, 2011 10:40 PM

    The Steelers and their fans have “zero tolerance” for a promotion like this.

  9. vikefan says: Aug 28, 2011 10:42 PM

    You can’t make it up. Maybe they should try taping a $20 bill to the tickets and then giving them away for free….
    ______________________________
    as much as i dislike you, i like the idea

  10. jlantagneart says: Aug 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    Anybody mind emailing me the promocode for this? I’m really tempted to check this out since it’s the same weekend as my birthday. jasonuncloned@hotmail.com

  11. selgaeinla says: Aug 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    Repeat after me:”Los ANgles cannot support a team……”

  12. textexington says: Aug 28, 2011 11:21 PM

    Packers are SOLD OUT every game!Go Pack Go!

  13. carlieatschmidt says: Aug 28, 2011 11:29 PM

    so anyway, after being reared by siegfried and roy, my doppelgänger adopted their accent, lifestyle and wardrobe. and on the day he turned 40 he gave siegfried and roy a long hug and squeeze and said “it is time that i leave home to follow my destiny. i shall dedicate my life to obsessively hating on a football team fro an anonymous message board. and perhaps, one day, visanthe will be mine.”

  14. jimmysee says: Aug 28, 2011 11:34 PM

    Happy to see the Vikes doing something for the fans.

  15. mnajb says: Aug 28, 2011 11:37 PM

    Call me cynical, but the season ticket holders complaining about this are just as likely interested in selling the tickets as they are in seeing the game. Why else would you worry so much about decline in market value? Buyer beware buddy.. Buyer beware.

  16. ikickgypsies says: Aug 28, 2011 11:48 PM

    “Packers are SOLD OUT every game!”

    Only because each Packer fan takes up 2 seats.

  17. blancodiablo says: Aug 28, 2011 11:49 PM

    Pack are sold out every game. How many decades of playing in Milwaukee did that take? Without those decades of playing in another city, along with selling the team to shareholders, the Pack would have moved years ago to a bigger market.

    Read your own team’s history. You arent special, unless we are talking about the short bus-type.

  18. thephantomstranger says: Aug 28, 2011 11:54 PM

    selgaeinla says:
    Aug 28, 2011 11:17 PM
    Repeat after me:”Los ANgles cannot support a team……”
    ___________

    I’m trying, but I don’t know how to pronounce “Los ANgles.”

  19. minnysoda says: Aug 29, 2011 12:04 AM

    vikefan says:
    Aug 28, 2011 10:23 PM Verizon is actually the one sponsoring/supporting this while the Vikings just had to approve it for Verizon. Vikings basically have nothing to do with this promo.
    ================================================
    Which is it? Did the Vikings have basically nothing to do with it or did they approve the promo?
    I am so pissed. I guess next year if the Vikes are here we just wait and we can get cheap seats to enjoy a cheap product
    The lesson from the Vikings front office has been learned let’s all remember it.

  20. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Aug 29, 2011 12:11 AM

    We’ll call that the Favre effect. Even though he is/was a walking media frenzy and a pain in the @ss, at least he put @sses in those upperdeck seats at full price (and the outside frozen ones at Minnesota U, once the roof collapsed.)

  21. brewdogg says: Aug 29, 2011 12:40 AM

    textexington says:
    Aug 28, 2011 11:21 PM
    Packers are SOLD OUT every game!Go Pack Go!
    ——————————-

    Vikings fans can afford big screen HDTVs where they can enjoy the game with friends in the comfort of their homes, without having to be disturbed by the drunken, drooling, obnoxious fans of other teams. Go quality education and good jobs go!

    (you asked for it, troll….)

  22. db105 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:27 AM

    @ vikefan If the Viking ticket office is truly looking after the best interest of their season ticket holders they would not allow this to happen. I’m sure they are glad to have naive fans like yourself.

  23. db105 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:32 AM

    The demand for upper level endzone seats across the NFL is diminishing at a very high rate. A number of teams have dropped the price of upper endzone seats to under $40.

  24. freedomispopular says: Aug 29, 2011 1:39 AM

    The Steelers have “zero tolerance” for this. Herp a derp

  25. Soulman45 says: Aug 29, 2011 2:07 AM

    LA here we come.

  26. packfannchitown says: Aug 29, 2011 2:29 AM

    thephantomstranger says:

    Bad economy + terrible stadium + uncertainty about the team = low demand for tickets. I’m glad the Vikings know something about economics. If they win a few games early, they won’t have any trouble selling tickets.
    ____________________________________
    Guess they’re gonna have trouble selling tickets then…

  27. axespray says: Aug 29, 2011 5:51 AM

    thephantomstranger says:Aug 28, 2011 10:31 PM
    “they win a few games early, they won’t have any trouble selling tickets.”

    … Do I even have to say it?
    “FAIR WEATHER!!!”
    Seriously thou, do they have computers in chicago/or detroit ?
    Get involved in the NFC north trash talk.
    Viking fans disappear when the going gets tough, c’mon bear’s fans/or lions fans, I’ve got all these “Jay Cutler Knee”/ “0-16″ jokes prepared.

  28. bucbearpig says: Aug 29, 2011 7:04 AM

    September 18 game against the Lions and the September 25 game against the Buccaneers.
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    Bucs game is the 18th not 25th, got my tickets on stubhub for $17 each (section 206). Garbage seats, but $17!

  29. theytukrjobs says: Aug 29, 2011 7:44 AM

    Four day promotion that is lightly advertised. Vikings haven’t struggled to sell out a home opener in over a decade so most likely there aren’t a ton of tickets left. NFL stadiums I believe aren’t allowed to slash ticket prices at will so most likely Verizon is eating this difference in return for some kind of promotional consideration.

  30. theytukrjobs says: Aug 29, 2011 7:47 AM

    axespray says:

    “Get involved in the NFC north trash talk.
    Viking fans disappear when the going gets tough”

    Vikings fans are self respecting people. They don’t talk trash when their team sucks. That type of action is usually reserved for mindless man children.

  31. zoxitic says: Aug 29, 2011 8:26 AM

    Supply & demand. What a concept.

  32. fwippel says: Aug 29, 2011 8:31 AM

    What the team really needs to address before the season starts is signing Adrian Peterson to a long-term contract.

    If you want to show the fans you’re serious about winning, that’s the first step I’d take. If Peterson is allowed to play the season without a new contract, he’ll be playing his final year in a Viking uniform. What does the front office think that will do for ticket sales?

  33. orangeflh says: Aug 29, 2011 8:48 AM

    Pack are sold out every game. How many decades of playing in Milwaukee did that take? Without those decades of playing in another city, along with selling the team to shareholders, the Pack would have moved years ago to a bigger market.

    Read your own team’s history. You arent special, unless we are talking about the short bus-type.
    ——————————————————-
    The Packers have sold out every game for decades, even in the God-awful 70′s and 80′s. There are currently over 88,000 people on the waiting list for season tickets and the list has been crazy like that for 50 years or more.

    They’ve also managed to win more NFL championships than any other team, despite being in the smallest market in the league.

    The fact that you find nothing special in any of that is exactly why Minnesota is the laughing stock that it is. You people are clueless, always have been, and likely always will be.

    Skol Failure!

  34. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 29, 2011 8:54 AM

    “If they win a few games early, they won’t have any trouble selling tickets.”
    ———————–

    Worst fans ever.

  35. scudbot says: Aug 29, 2011 9:15 AM

    When does the Dutch auction start?

  36. 1fitz1 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:28 AM

    I bet still they won’t sell any tickets, even for Free! Maybe they should give away hundred dollar bills at the entrance

  37. vaporiizz3r says: Aug 29, 2011 9:42 AM

    brewdogg says:
    Aug 29, 2011 12:40 AM

    Vikings fans can afford big screen HDTVs where they can enjoy the game with friends in the comfort of their homes, without having to be disturbed by the drunken, drooling, obnoxious fans of other teams. Go quality education and good jobs go!

    (you asked for it, troll….)
    ______________________

    Or do you think it costs more for someone to actualy GO to the game where you will easy spend over 200 for the weekend in comparison to a TV where you can get nowa days for 600 – 1000 bucks?…Just Sayin! :p

  38. vikefan says: Aug 29, 2011 10:07 AM

    The Steelers and their fans have “zero tolerance” for a promotion like this.
    ________________________________
    really?….guess what, no one fricken cares!!

  39. brewdogg says: Aug 29, 2011 10:15 AM

    vaporiizz3r says:
    Aug 29, 2011 9:42 AM

    ______________________

    Or do you think it costs more for someone to actualy GO to the game where you will easy spend over 200 for the weekend in comparison to a TV where you can get nowa days for 600 – 1000 bucks?…Just Sayin!
    ———————————

    Agreed. previous post was more about annoyance with particular trolls than any kind of factual debate, since I wasn’t going to get him to enter into any such debate….

  40. vikefan says: Aug 29, 2011 10:22 AM

    @ vikefan If the Viking ticket office is truly looking after the best interest of their season ticket holders they would not allow this to happen. I’m sure they are glad to have naive fans like yourself.
    ________________________________
    next time you post consider your words b4 typing as you just proved yourself a complete moron. There is a MUCH bigger picture at stake here than just the first 2 home games. Vikings are pleading for a new stadium session in October, how do u think it looks if first few games are not sold out? Yes times are tough, NFL and other teams have already discounted nosebleed seats cause for average joe it is much smarter to go out & buy a HDTV for 600 when you can easily wipe that out in 2 game day experiences. Also, Verizon is covering the cost. For the Wilfs it is a great opportunity to hopefully grab some new Vikings fans with cheap tix & show the legislature they can still sell out for new stadium efforts. You would do the exact same thing if you owned a team in this situation vying for a new stadium.

    You have no clue & do not care bout the team as much as i do to call me a naive season tix holder. I dream and bleed purple year after year & would love to have a new stadium for tailgating, game day experience, etc and all ways look at the big picture of the team. Just like i hated Favre, while he was exciting & fun to watch, he was also media mahem and brought more crap with him to this team than it ever deserved & last coach got what he deserved for it. im sure you are not a vikings fan or season tix holder to make such a moronic claim. there are perks that season tix holders do receive that most people are not aware of.

  41. minnysoda says: Aug 29, 2011 11:00 AM

    vikefan says:
    Aug 29, 2011 10:22 AM
    next time you post consider your words b4 typing as you just proved yourself a complete moron. There is a MUCH bigger picture at stake here than just the first 2 home games. Vikings are pleading for a new stadium session in October, how do u think it looks if first few games are not sold out?
    ===================================
    The question remains Did the Vikings have basically nothing to do with it or did they approve the promo?
    So now your telling me this is done to get a new stadium ? They have to lie saying they can fill an old stadium to get a new one?
    As for vaporiizz3r. Yea those TV’s are great for Watching the Superbowl aren’t they even though we don’t get to watch the Vikings do we?

  42. vikefan says: Aug 29, 2011 11:16 AM

    i was not in the room talking with executives. i understood how it happened was a Verizon promo that the Vikings approved, it was not Vikings idea nor are Vikings taking a hit on tix, Verizon is covering the lost cost,which is why i assume it has something to do with TV ads & apple had reported recently that a new deal with Verizon is coming out this fall on new iphone. This promo seems to be much more a verizon marketing issue i think than a Vikings one. but Vikings have to approve any promo associated with them.

  43. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 29, 2011 11:22 AM

    brewdogg says: Aug 29, 2011 12:40 AM

    Vikings fans can afford big screen HDTVs where they can enjoy the game with friends in the comfort of their homes, without having to be disturbed by the drunken, drooling, obnoxious fans of other teams….

    ———————-

    Is that so? I guess that explains the lack of attendance at the games that will ultimately cause the team to relocate to Los Angeles

  44. stellarperformance says: Aug 29, 2011 11:31 AM

    The Vikings need a local fan in every seat. If there are too many out-of-town patrons, the roof will collapse from the lack of hot air.

  45. mikemccarthyisfat says: Aug 29, 2011 11:44 AM

    Packers are SOLD OUT every game!Go Pack Go!
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    you would refinance your trailer home to make a preseason game… so im not surprised

  46. thephantomstranger says: Aug 29, 2011 11:52 AM

    The Vikings are not screwing season ticket holders by discounting the price of some seats, unless season ticket holders were told when they bought the seats that the price would never change. You buy the tickets at a discount from the single-game price and you’re guaranteed your seats. If you don’t like it, wait until later and buy single-game tickets in the hope that they’ll drop the price. Everything was done above board here.

  47. thephantomstranger says: Aug 29, 2011 11:58 AM

    For those Packer losers who call us fair-weather fans for not selling out the games three weeks before they’re played, please understand that we have to deal with the worst stadium experience in the NFL. The atmosphere is pretty good when you’re in your seat and the game is going on, but you have to deal with terrible food options, concourses so narrow you have several near-sexual experiences every time you leave to get a stale hot dog, having to use your binoculars to see the replays on the scoreboard, and ear-splitting noise pumped in during every break in the action. Just because many of us prefer watching the game on our HDTVs doesn’t mean we don’t support our team. Build that stadium and it will be the hottest ticket in town.

  48. stellarperformance says: Aug 29, 2011 12:25 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 29, 2011 11:58 AM
    For those Packer losers who call us fair-weather fans for not selling out the games three weeks before they’re played, please understand that we have to deal with the worst stadium experience in the NFL…….Build that stadium and it will be the hottest ticket in town.
    ——————————————-

    As a Packer fan, I couldn’t agree with you more. I know you guys are as fervent about the Vikings as we are about the Packers. A new stadium would make a huge difference. Good luck, I hope you get it.

  49. jallen69 says: Aug 29, 2011 12:56 PM

    81,000? When was the list actually culled for the real world? Sounds nice but when it’s free to get on it doesn’t mean much.

    The Vikings have sold out every game since 1998 despite playing in the worst inflatable diaper of a stadium in the LEE. By most accounts Lambeau is one of the best fan experiences in the league. Believe me, if they build it, the fans will come, look at Target Field.

  50. granadafan says: Aug 29, 2011 1:26 PM

    “Vikings cut uppevikefan says:
    Aug 28, 2011 10:23 PM Verizon is actually the one sponsoring/supporting this while the Vikings just had to approve it for Verizon. Vikings basically have nothing to do with this promo.
    ================================================================

    You realize you just contradicted yourself. Either the team has something to do with the deal or they didn’t. If the Vikes approved it, then they DID have something to do with this promo.

    You’re a bit naive and ignorant if you don’t think the team didn’t approach and solicit sponsors for such a promotion.

  51. stavreafavre says: Aug 29, 2011 4:05 PM

    In the fine print it states that people in the upper level who get the discounted tickets will be required to hold up poles to “aid in maintaining dome roof integrity.”

  52. Soulman45 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:10 PM

    Minn. on their way to LA.

  53. vikefan says: Aug 29, 2011 4:15 PM

    “Vikings cut uppevikefan says:
    Aug 28, 2011 10:23 PM Verizon is actually the one sponsoring/supporting this while the Vikings just had to approve it for Verizon. Vikings basically have nothing to do with this promo.
    ================================================================

    You realize you just contradicted yourself. Either the team has something to do with the deal or they didn’t. If the Vikes approved it, then they DID have something to do with this promo.

    You’re a bit naive and ignorant if you don’t think the team didn’t approach and solicit sponsors for such a promotion.

    ——————————————————
    1. where is the contradiction? it is a verizon wireless promo selling a MN viking product, it is not a vikings promo, they just approved it for Verizon and are not losing any money as verizon is paying the difference in tix, the vikings had nothing to do with the promo EXCEPT OK IT. if you cannot understand that english u should get off computer & text only.

    2. if u want to consider me naive or ignorant, good for you, you probably consider anyone smarter than you as such, im the one that talked to ppl in offices at winter park, see them 4 or 5 times a year at events, and talk to them in person……..oh but thats right, YOU THINK YOU KNOW BETTER……so just go finish your grain belt.

  54. vikefan says: Aug 29, 2011 4:19 PM

    ………oh & BTW, Vikings get 10 promo ideas a day from sponsors, they NEVER have to go out and solicit promos, every home game since ’98 sold out, no reason to0!!!!!

  55. bturner032002 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:41 PM

    are the redskins tickets way overpriced or have i never really looked at other teams tickets???

    for example:

    vs the giants week one the absolute cheapest upper level available on stubhub is $70.00

    vs cowboys upper lever ranges from $106-$170 per ticket

  56. supersuckers3 says: Aug 29, 2011 7:34 PM

    With the play of a 10-12 loss team and the potential danger to human safety caused by the roof this is no surprise. This still wont sell out those games naturally. You may also have to sign a waiver at the box office. True story.

  57. dd393 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:07 PM

    I think the Vikings should pay the fans for coming to see them.

  58. saxmachine69 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:05 AM

    clintonportisheadd says: Aug 29, 2011 11:22 AM

    brewdogg says: Aug 29, 2011 12:40 AM

    Vikings fans can afford big screen HDTVs where they can enjoy the game with friends in the comfort of their homes, without having to be disturbed by the drunken, drooling, obnoxious fans of other teams….

    ———————-

    Is that so? I guess that explains the lack of attendance at the games that will ultimately cause the team to relocate to Los Angeles

    _____________

    what lack of attendance? The Vikings have sold out every game for 14 years now. Maybe you should do a little research before you open your trap, the only reason LA is even a possibility is because the lease for the new stadium is up. Attendance has nothing to do with it.

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