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Bengals get a boost toward sellout goal, but tickets still remain

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The Bengals are closer to selling out Sunday’s wild-card game vs. the Chargers, but they aren’t there just yet.

Kroger, a national grocery chain with its executive offices in Cincinnati, has purchased “a large quantity of tickets” for Sunday to be distributed to current and former U.S. military personnel, the club announced Friday morning.

Tickets will be given out at seven Cincinnati-area Kroger stores on Saturday, and two free tickets will be given to individuals who show military identification.

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Kroger declined to disclose how many tickets it purchased. However, Reedy reported that “indications are Kroger bought more than 1,200” tickets.

Andrew Brown, the Bengals’ manager of ticket sales, wrote on Twitter after Kroger’s ticket purchase that the Bengals had not yet sold out of all seats. He posted an online link to buy tickets, and the Bengals’ official Twitter feed retweeted his message.

The Bengals have until 4 p.m. Eastern on Friday to sell all of their tickets to ensure the club’s first home playoff game since the 2009 season will be aired on local television.
Earlier Friday, the Colts announced they had sold out Saturday’s wild-card game vs. Kansas City. The Packers, like the Bengals, have work left to do on the ticket-selling front.

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28 Responses to “Bengals get a boost toward sellout goal, but tickets still remain”
  1. finfodder says: Jan 3, 2014 11:46 AM

    That is awesome Kroger….thank you!

  2. dbeehner says: Jan 3, 2014 11:48 AM

    Same situation as Indy. I don’t get it. Seahawks sold out in less than a half hour.

    Cue the haters

  3. mibengal says: Jan 3, 2014 11:51 AM

    Way to go Kroger!

    Cue all the wanabeintheplayoffsbutdidn’tmakethegrade so-called fans of other teams bad-mouthing Bengals fans for not selling out fast enough.
    Who Dey!

  4. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 3, 2014 11:52 AM

    good job Kroger – nice to see your putting my hundreds of dollars a month I give you to good use.

    Haven’t seen P & G’s name mentioned yet – Hey AG Lafely, you readin’ this?

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 3, 2014 12:01 PM

    They should hold a raffle for the remaining tickets. Winning ticket gets to play QB for the game.

  6. whoplayswhere38 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:04 PM

    I heard P&G already bought some, but the amount must not have been enough to be newsworthy.

    Is it wrong that I feel guilty for buying my playoff tickets on StubHub because the selection the official Bengals site had left (this was last Sunday night) was not as good as I wanted?

  7. pittsburghfan71 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:04 PM

    Yet another way the NFL is screwing over the fans. Cincinatti should handle the Chargers and fans dont have to spend the money to sit in the cold to see it happen.

  8. justforamanda says: Jan 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    Seattle median household income: >$61,000
    Indianapolis median household income: <$40,000
    Cincinnati median household income: <$32,000

    The NFL sets the prices for these games, how is it the fans (consumers) that get blamed for a product failing to sell?

  9. imwebster says: Jan 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    Sad but not surprising to see the Bungles can’t even sell out a playoff game. A terrible owner with terrible fans. You all deserve each other.

  10. eddddddd says: Jan 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    Why doesn’t supply and demand apply to the NFL.

  11. joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    Excuses, excuses.

    Cleveland would have sold out right away.

    Wear it.

  12. beltlessbuckler says: Jan 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    The local ABC station bought bulk tickets, but the CBS station hasn’t? That makes sense.

  13. comatrip1 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:19 PM

    Bengals fans suck. If this was Cleveland, it would sell out in less than 60 seconds.

  14. jvillenole says: Jan 3, 2014 12:26 PM

    So Jacksonville has NO blackouts in four years, and have horrible teams. These teams are in the playoffs and can’t sell their tickets.

    But Jacksonville gets the bogus publicity about ticket sales?

    Funny how that works, huh.

  15. shaunypoo says: Jan 3, 2014 12:30 PM

    If the NFL is setting the prices for the tickets and gets the money from sales (minus stadium costs, I assume), then why do local businesses and/or the team have to pay 100% of face value to get rid of the extra tickets from an extension when during the regular season they only have to pay 34% of face value?

    I refuse to pay $80+ to sit in the upper bowl when I can sit on my couch in my pj’s and get better views, atmosphere be damned.

    I also guarantee you that 90%+ of the commenters on this site damning the Colts, Packers, and Bengals fans for not shelling out the money wouldn’t get playoff tickets for their home team playoff game either. It is real easy on the internet to say “Sure, I would buy tickets”.

  16. mikel119 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:32 PM

    IF this was Cleveland, it would sell out in less than 60 seconds….. Cleveland has to do the IF thing first…………….WHO DEY.

  17. jeffperk says: Jan 3, 2014 12:36 PM

    What an embarressment! Who Dey? Dey pretend to be fans but Dey don’t support their team at home for a playoff game. Dey haven’t bought in. Dey want to make excuses why Dey can’t sell out a football game & claim Dey don’t make enough money. This is the big leagues Dey, so step up & buy a ticket rather than sit on your couch. Go Chargers!

  18. rex7399 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:36 PM

    Hilarious that Browns fans are commenting on anything other than sucking at pro football.

  19. cincyfredo says: Jan 3, 2014 12:39 PM

    16 oz plastic bottle of Miller Light at Bengals game = $9.00.
    24 case of 16 oz plastic bottle of Miller Light at Krogers often sale priced at $23.99.
    So I can buy that bottle for $1.
    It probably costs Bengals about 50 cents.
    They sell it for $9, only a 1800% markup.
    Why would anyone buy something like that ?

  20. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Jan 3, 2014 12:39 PM

    The nfl and the players always talk about how much they love and need the fans and how the game is for the fans and how we owe it to our fans so why don’t the players or the nfl buy up the rest of the tickets and show that they care and aren’t just spitting BS.

  21. savocabol1 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:43 PM

    I love all these Bungal fans that haven’t come to grip with reality. Every other team in your division would sell out a playoff game in mere mins without the help of a grocery store.

    The fact that it comes down to extensions with a last min push is pathetic.

  22. shaunypoo says: Jan 3, 2014 12:44 PM

    Just learned that Jeff Triplette is reffing the game. Now he has a chance to screw the Bengals after giving them that week 14 BJGE touchdown.

    Another reason not to take out a second mortgage to watch a playoff game.

  23. osucincyjunglefan3997 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:51 PM

    I go to the Bengals @ Browns game every year in proud Bengals gear (I am dumb enough to live in NE Ohio) – every year the fans get more obnoxious and confrontational. After scaring my 13 year old son, I’ve attended the last NFL game in Cleveland. I will cheer for the Bengals at home. They are dressing undercover officers in Saints gear this weekend in Philly??!! Doesn’t that give you some insight NFL??

  24. rex7399 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    How many times have you been able to purchase Browns playoff tickets in the past decade?

  25. oldcracker says: Jan 3, 2014 1:13 PM

    Of course Krogers could afford to buy those tickets. They “nickle & dime” their employees because times are so tough.

    Krogers is even listed among the top 10 WORST employers in the U.S., along with McDonald’s and Wal-Mart.

    “Thanks, boss, I can’t afford to put food on my table or keep the heat on, but at least we can go to a friend’s house and watch the Bengals.”

    Priorities???

  26. granadafan says: Jan 3, 2014 1:20 PM

    Given the greed of the NFL and exhorbitant ticket prices, parking, concessions, no seat cusion or blanket policy, I don’t bash fans from other cities for not buying enough tickets to games. The market has spoken, and even a marketing intern can figure out that the demand is less than the supply.

    The cost benefit of actually attending a game in person is no longer worth it. A common sense MBA grad would lower the price for the consumer. However, the NFL and Goodell are too greedy to do so. Instead, they threaten fans and cities, and actively prevent fans who have been bleed dry from watching games.

  27. surfinbird1 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    A few weeks ago they listed the five lowest paying companies in the U.S. and Krogers was one of them so yeah, I think they can afford it especially after they increase their prices next week to make up for it.

  28. bigbensucks says: Jan 3, 2014 5:55 PM

    Doesn’t matter. The BenGals will be one and done anyway.

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