Three teams started Thursday needing to sell enough tickets to avoid a blackout and all three have gotten extensions until Friday afternoon to finish the job.
The Packers announced that they are joining the Colts and Bengals in the extension club. There are about 3,000 tickets left to sell, according to the team, which is down from 40,000 on Monday.
Given the long history of sellout crowds at Lambeau Field and a lengthy waiting list for season tickets to the Packers, it’s been surprising to see Green Bay find themselves in this position for a playoff game. Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that some Packers fans are pointing to a new policy regarding playoff tickets for contributing to the issue.
The Packers required season ticket holders to pay up front in November for two playoff games in order to secure their allotment of tickets and the Packers were anything but a sure thing to make the playoffs at that point. Any money not used for tickets would be applied toward next season’s tickets, but it seems a good number of ticketholders decided the money would be better off in their pockets than in the Packers’ coffers. In the past, per Walker, fans could choose whether to apply the money toward the next year or not.