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Titans having some trouble selling tickets

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On Friday, the Titans started selling single-game tickets.   Not surprisingly (given that only one person was camped out for the launch), none of the 10 home games sold out.

The development has prompted concerns that the Titans’ 144-game sellout streak is in jeopardy.  However, only 3,500 single-game tickets were available for each of the 2013 games.  So the task of selling the remaining tickets is hardly insurmountable.

The game against the 49ers came closest to a sellout, with 500 tickets remaining.  For two of the other games (Chargers and Colts), the number is roughly 1,000.  For the remainder, more than 1,000 tickets are unsold.

“Now it’s a manageable number that we have to work with for all our remaining games,” Titans executive V.P. Don MacLachlan said, via the Tennessean. “We fully anticipate that we’ll be able to sell out every game once again this season.”

At least 72 hours before kickoff of each game, teams can buy any remaining non-premium tickets at 34 cents on the dollar to lift the local blackout of home games.  Plenty of teams cajole sponsors and/or the TV station that would air the game to kick in some cash.

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  1. dartmouthstevens says: Jul 13, 2013 8:34 AM

    Maybe the Titans should pull out an old trick. In the original airing of Peter Pan, they invited orphans to the show and sat them down in different areas of the theatre. It lent some genuineness to the show. There are plenty of young football players from poor areas around the city that would love the opportunity to see a game. “Show me a win and a A/B report card and get a ticket to a Titan’s game.” It promotes both sports and education.

  2. floratiotime says: Jul 13, 2013 8:52 AM

    It’s just not a big NFL area. Like Jacksonville the emphasis is on the college game.

  3. vltrophy14 says: Jul 13, 2013 8:52 AM

    This is one problem the Packers never hafta worry about packers have sold out every home game since at least the early 60′s. just read an article the other day where a lady was on the list for 40 yrs before her # finally came up. Packer fans are #1!

  4. mtheparrothead says: Jul 13, 2013 9:07 AM

    Hmm. So start the wild moving to London rumors. Jags ain’t going anywhere.

  5. i10east says: Jul 13, 2013 9:18 AM

    The Memphis Titans!!!

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 13, 2013 9:24 AM

    We’ve sold out every game since the team became the Titans and now that streak’s in jeopardy?!?

    Um, does this mean I have to stop making fun of Jacksonville fans?

  7. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 13, 2013 9:28 AM

    floratiotime said: “It’s just not a big NFL area. Like Jacksonville the emphasis is on the college game.”

    Dude, seriously? The only decent college ball within three hours of Nashville is Vanderbilt. (And Vandy’s only been good for two years.) You don’t sell out 144 NFL games in a row if you’re not a big NFL area. Don’t confuse us with Los Angeles.

  8. nepo784 says: Jul 13, 2013 9:33 AM

    They are?Huh, that’s news to me

  9. zoxitic says: Jul 13, 2013 9:33 AM

    Its one thing to buy tickets and another to actually go to the game. I was watching a titans game in the first quarter last year and half the place was empty. Titans fever is over.

  10. johndont says: Jul 13, 2013 9:46 AM

    This article is correct. I went to the stadium ticket at 10am when the ticket office open and there were only about 10 people in front of me. Tv news cameras where there and they asked us where is everybody. ?? Bought my ticket for the 49ers vs titans game on Oct 20.

  11. whatjusthapped says: Jul 13, 2013 9:48 AM

    The Titans will follow the lead of the Vikings who have the local Fortune 500 companies on speed dial. As the deadline approaches, the Vikings apply the pressure, the companies fork over the cash and the tickets get disseminated in any number of charitable ways as long as the media agrees to look the other way.

    That way, everybody gets to point to a record of X games consecutively without looking behind the curtain to see the real truth. Its a disgrace but hey, this is the Vikings we are talking about.

  12. eatlessveggies says: Jul 13, 2013 9:55 AM

    This doesn’t surprise me. Titans fans have finally wised-up and started sending a message to Bud Adams. Titans games have become so unwatchable due to the lack of offense, bad coaching, and all-around mediocrity of game-play. In past years, Bud had no reason to spend money on top free-agents because he knew he Nashvillians would pay top-dollar just to have something to do on Sunday.

  13. jcbrave says: Jul 13, 2013 10:03 AM

    cant sale tickets?? that’s what happens when you have a disgusting season the year before

  14. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 13, 2013 10:06 AM

    Just two years after Jeff Fisher’s departure. Coincidence?

  15. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 13, 2013 10:13 AM

    Titans are going nowhere and there’s way too much to do in Nashville besides watching these bums.

  16. rvnmaniak says: Jul 13, 2013 10:15 AM

    The Baltimore Ravens have never had a single unsold ticket. Not one. No other franchise can say that.
    Not bad for a city that was kicked in the teeth by Paul Tagliabue in favor of Charlotte and Jax. How stupid does that look now?

  17. shackdelrio says: Jul 13, 2013 10:25 AM

    “rvnmaniak says: Jul 13, 2013 10:15 AM

    The Baltimore Ravens have never had a single unsold ticket. Not one. No other franchise can say that.
    Not bad for a city that was kicked in the teeth by Paul Tagliabue in favor of Charlotte and Jax. How stupid does that look now?”

    I have a deal for you. You can have the 1995 expansion team and call them the Baltimore Bombers. We’ll wait a year and build a stadium for Art Modell and take Ozzie Newsome, Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis. Maybe then you guys will stop complaining.

  18. jagsandliquor says: Jul 13, 2013 10:25 AM

    Uh-Oh LA Titans?

  19. nflfan1326 says: Jul 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    Why is this even a story? The Titans will have no problem selling the remaining tickets. And an article on the Titans turns into a Jacksonville bashing session once again. Why don’t we look at Tampa Bay, they have a heck of a lot more tickets to unload than Tennessee or Jacksonville.
    P.S. The Titans will still have plenty of no-shows this year.

  20. gb4mn0 says: Jul 13, 2013 11:14 AM

    Seems a bit disingenuous for MF to be doing a lack of ticket sales story about the Titans when his on vikqueefs have a bigger struggle to sell the regular season single tickets. I just looked on Stub Hub.

  21. thekingdave says: Jul 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    @rvnmaniak

    Houston Texans. So there’s one.

  22. emma333 says: Jul 13, 2013 11:32 AM

    @rv Why are Ravens fans still whining about an occurrence that happened almost two decades ago…You got your team….You have had great success, why don’t you enjoy it? It is really a pathetic display of jealousy that is totally unnecessary—maybe even pathological. Really though, if you want to be mad…..look at Indy…they stole your team in the middle of the night.

  23. nightswatch23 says: Jul 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    The solution is simple…show some competitiveness and win some games and the fans will come back, trust me. One thing I know about Nashville and surrounding Middle TN is that we LOVE football. We just demand to see competitive teams on the field. I think the Titans have done a alot this offseason to get headed in the right direction and I for one think that they will be a surprising team this year. Maybe I’m an eternal optimist being that they are my team but I see major potential here. Don’t criticize our fan base though, we are still passionate about our teams.

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 13, 2013 11:59 AM

    It’s another soft market for the NFL so it suffers when the team stinks and is not a contender. There are several markets across the country with a similar challenge.

  25. briang123 says: Jul 13, 2013 12:03 PM

    Tennessee has no state income tax, and the economy is in the tank to the point where no one can afford tickets. Coincidence? I think not. Another brilliant Republican idea destroys another state.

  26. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    I’m absolutely shocked that they sold out 144 straight times, given how sorry they are year in and year out(sorry Titans fans). You can almost bank it that they won’t win the division.

  27. razzlejag says: Jul 13, 2013 12:44 PM

    Trade for Gabbert. Watch the line double.

  28. eaglesbar says: Jul 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    They need to trade for Vick and bring in T.O.

  29. EJ says: Jul 13, 2013 1:55 PM

    dartmouthstevens says:
    Jul 13, 2013 8:34 AM

    Maybe the Titans should pull out an old trick. In the original airing of Peter Pan, they invited orphans to the show and sat them down in different areas of the theatre. It lent some genuineness to the show. There are plenty of young football players from poor areas around the city that would love the opportunity to see a game. “Show me a win and a A/B report card and get a ticket to a Titan’s game.” It promotes both sports and education.

    I agree with your idea about the underprivileged football players, but lets add not just football players, but all students from poor area’s. I know plenty of kids that don’t play football that love the game just as much. An A/B on the mid report card and get a Titan’s ticket. The NFL should be doing this for all cities with a team. Think about the smile on a kids face, knowing they earned that ticket. Not only would it make more lifelong fans, but it would improve education where its most needed.

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 13, 2013 2:26 PM

    Since when is not selling every last ticket the first day they go on sale “having trouble” ?

    The games are still weeks away.

  31. showmethemtds says: Jul 13, 2013 2:44 PM

    As a TN resident (not a Titans fan, I chose my team long before the oilers came to town) I can say that though the Titans fanbase is a small but passionate one. Why people in this state would rather watch their precious Vols get smacked around by Alabama or any other SEC team is beyond me, but by and far this state is college football first. If the titans can get new ownership and become more competitive, they may eventually take over the vols, but until then the second UT will always be more popular. Case and point, neyland stadium fills up 100,00o seats, where as LP field “sells out” 60,000. And like another comment already stated, many of those seats this past year were empty, you could see it on TV.

  32. showmethemtds says: Jul 13, 2013 2:45 PM

    though the titans fanbase is small, its a passionate one* no idea why I typed it out like that

  33. rcali says: Jul 13, 2013 7:50 PM

    Who still goes to NFL games, besides of course those in the suite or those given company tickets?

  34. gatorsandsteelerssuckbigblackclocks says: Jul 13, 2013 9:40 PM

    First off I used to live in Baltimore and if you think they “actually” sold out every game you are high as a kite. They don’t. And neither does Green Bay for that matter. Seen four games there and not once was it at full capacity so you turds can get off your imaginary high horse. Secondly Nashville is only a small market population-wise. When it comes to ratings which is percentage of population related, Nashville is ranked sixth in the nfl. Ponder that and then take your head out of your ass. Now as to the cause of the slow sales, that’s easy, titans have been terrible for a few years now. Very boring offense and awful defense make people look elsewhere. I wish instead of spouting off, some of you would back your comments up with some actual facts.

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