Packers sell out wild-card game

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Sunday’s 49ers-Packers game is a sellout — and just in time.

The Packers announced Friday morning that all tickets had been sold for the first-round game with San Francisco.

The club announced that fans and corporate sponsors snapped up the remaining tickets, thereby avoiding a blackout. The deadline to sell all tickets was later this afternoon.

“A unique season and other factors contributed to having tickets available, but with the support of our fans and partners, we’re looking forward to a great atmosphere Sunday at Lambeau Field for the playoff game against the 49ers,” Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said in a team-issued statement Friday. “We also know fans around the state will be able to enjoy the telecast.”

Among the companies to buy tickets were the Milwaukee and Green Bay Fox television affiliates. Fox will televise Sunday’s game against San Francisco, which is to be played in exceptionally cold temperatures. Now that all seats are accounted for, many, many televisions will be tuned to the Packers’ game on Sunday afternoon.

124 responses to “Packers sell out wild-card game

  1. And now the Vikings trolls have nothing. We have a superior team in every way. Our state is superior in every way, and our fans are superior in every way.

    Every. Single. Way.

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  2. The club announced that fans and corporate sponsors snapped up the remaining tickets
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    And there it is. Corporate sponsors. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but the Packer fans can never say another word to Vikings fans again.

    But of course, they will…

  3. Not too shabby when considering all the variables, cold weather, travel, Sunday afternoon game and then having to work Monday…

    40,000 plus tickets, to move… not something that happens often in GB.

  4. Call it a sellout if you must…but its not the fans who bought the remaining tickets. We hear over and over how great the Packer fans are…but they had to rely on “partners” to sellout.

  5. Mark Murphy is all excited because some corporate big wig bought the remaining tickets for 34 cents on the dollar….The real question around the NFL is why teams aren’t selling out like in past years. Could the answer be cost of tickets? Safety? 52″ TV at home? Goddell and greedy owners need to give this some thought IMO

  6. I tip my hat to all the brave souls attending this game. On the east coast, there telling people to stay indoors as much as possible, and it isn’t nearly as cold there as it will be in GB on Sunday.

    On a sidenote, I’m not going to give a weather edge to the pack. Remember, in the Ice Bowl, it took a last minute drive to save the game for the Pack. And that was against a Dallas team that couldn’t beat Green Bay.

  7. Hello? Its called a Superdome, they’re clima-cooled and never fail to sell out. An NFL franchise can’t hope to be taken seriously until they’re playing in a Superdome full of a million card carrying who dats

  8. For all the haters, that’s 80,000 tickets sold in city of 100,000 people. But it did give Vikings fans something to talk about for the last week. If they only concentrated on their own team more, plenty to whine about there, losers.

  9. I hope you packer fans realize you will never live this down since your sell-out streak is officially tainted as corporate sponsors had to “help out.” Don’t forget your blaze orange jump suits and coveralls since those aluminum bleachers will be mighty cold!

  10. “With all of the money we saved switching to State Farm, we were able to buy Packers tickets”.

  11. The game needs to be postponed. It’s crazy to play a football game in -10 weather with a 40 below windchill. The NFL is considering postponing the Superbowl because of snow, so why not a playoff game because of extreme cold?

    The fans and players are being put at risk by having to be outside in such frigid weather for hours and hours. And the quality of football will suffer as well. The NFL is gutless if they don’t consider postponing the game or switching it to San Francisco. No one is happy about having to play in these conditions or sit on those cold metal bleachers for 4 hours. Sounds more like an endurance test to me.

  12. As bad as the Packers seem to have played last year and this year against the 49ers, let’s not forget the Packers could easily have won either of those games. This year, they led late in the 4th quarter and the playoff game the Packers were at the time in control when Ross fumbled that punt deep in their own territory. For as bad as the Packers looked at times, it actually says quite a bit about the 49ers not being anywhere as dominant as people like to think. 49ers are the better team, but this game can go either way.

  13. Great, now let’s move the game to Candlestick where it should have been played based on the 49ers 12-4 record over the Packers 8-7 record.

  14. 107,000 on the season ticket waiting list? I didn’t know there were 107,000 Packers fans. In case anyone was wondering, unless your from Wisconsin being a Packers fan automatically makes you a bandwagon fan, everybody loves a winner.

  15. Pathetic that sponsors and, likely, FOX affiliates had to buy up tickets with that “waiting list.”

  16. The key here is corporate sponsors had to buy thousands of tickets. So stop all your boasting Packer fans, the fans didn’t sell out the stadium. You fell short for a PLAYOFF GAME!! hahaha

  17. I see a lot of dedicated Packer fans on here. I seen the same ones a couple of weeks ago that thought their team was gonna miss the playoffs. Yup you guys are really dedicated. The Lions implode and all of a sudden your team is the best again. Just too funny!

  18. This whole thing is a fiasco in the first place. These teams know dam well and so does the NFl that they all have corporations in the back ground waiting to buy the tickets as a just in case.
    These Corps, do wait until near the deadline so they don’t have to buy so many but it was never going to be blacked out period.
    In Minny its the tv stations that buy them because they don’t want to lose the advertising money. Probably same thing in other cities that they are part of the corp sponsors.

    The irony, the joke may be on the NFL and Baseball too as blue collar workers find out that the affordable care that they have to buy ain’t so affordable. Those high premiums may cause a lot of season ticket holders to pass next year.
    Could be a lot of blackouts.

  19. San Francisco is going to pull another 300 / 300 day on offense against Green Bay’s broken defense on the way to an embarrassing blowout win.

    Packers fans are going to wish this had stayed blacked out.

  20. As of this morning, there were less than 1,000 seats available PRIOR to corporate salvation. Small peanuts do not equal mountains of proof. BTW, I’ll be there with my 70+year old mom. Tell her you think we’re soft. Go Pack!

  21. We shouldn’t even be having these discussions. Time to end the stupidest rule in sports and all of business around the world: the greedy Blackout Rule.

  22. A note for the folks claiming that the slow ticket proves that Green Bay’s local fan base is subpar or that it speaks badly of them:

    First off, playoff ticket deposits by season ticket holders were being collected when the playoffs looked iffy (Rodgers was out, Detroit was in control and they had to pass Chicago). Second, this was the first year they didn’t have the option of requesting a refund (instead of a credit towards next season aka an interest free loan to the franchise). They’ve had less than a week since they knew the Packers were in. On top of that, do you realize how small the population of Green Bay itself is? There are far few local folks who can pony up that cash. Yes, every team has fans that travel a couple hours (or more) on game day. Green Bay likely has a lot more. Those fans are looking at that trek and realizing that the weather will be bitter that day – it would make most anyone think twice. Furthermore, once it looked like the Packers had only a slim chance they likely spent some of the money they had allocated for playoff tickets – I do believe Christmas just passed. Big time for spending. As for the corporate sponsors…seriously, companies aren’t paying full price for no reason. They probably delayed buying them until they knew they had a reasonable number of folks to purchase them.

    Good Lord, this was a bump in the road, an odd occurrence. It’s not a sign of fan apathy. I’m a masochist because of my devotion to my team (which isn’t Green Bay). They haven’t been as good as the Packers since the early 90s. Under all of the conditions I noted above I probably would’ve spent too much at Christmas to justify playoff tickets plus the bitter, bitter cold would cause me to wait as long as possible to make sure the forecast doesn’t get worse.

  23. 4 hours left when it “sold out”.

    Corporate Sponsors or not it still had 4 hours to sell the rest of the tickets and quite possible. At 9:00am they were down to 3000 tickets from 7500 tickets the day before!

    Haters Love to Hate.

  24. I’m going to be at this game, and I’m not sure what’s going to hurt more. The frostbite, or Kaepernick making the Packers defense look like a high school team.

  25. The viking trolls once again with the foot in mouth. How many tickets did minny sell for their last place losers? As of this morning there was less than a 1000 tickets left for possibly the coldest game in the history of the NFL and a corp. sponsor swooped in to by around 900 tickets. Wow let us have it. Meanwhile we will continue our record sellouts.

    Has minnesota ever sold out or for that matter have a team worthy of selling out? You barely were able to keep the franchise in the state from lack of support. What would that have been like the 4th franchise to leave the state because of poor fans? We will enjoy watching our team in the playoffs once again while you scream at the tv watching the Pack play. But hey at least you can look forward to winning the self proclaimed offseason title for the 4th year in a row. Is there a trophy case for that?

  26. Corporate Sponsorship.

    Silence to WI for the rest of their existence about their awesome & dedicated fans. You needed CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP to sell out a playoff game.

    Ha. Ha. Ha.

  27. Incredible. The Packers somehow managed to sell 80,000 tickets in less than 5 days to a game being held in frigid life threatening conditions. No other fan base could support a team like this.

    Packer fans have once again set an inspirational example for those less fortunate – especially those degenerate Viking fans.

  28. And you wonder why MN put a roof on their new stadium? It’s consistently much colder in the Twin Cities than GB. It was 4 degrees on Dec 1st against the Bears and -10 on Dec 15 against the Eagles, both temps before wind chills… All that guff MN received from WI about not being “man” enough to brave the cold temps in a roofless stadium and now this “sell out” predicament in GB…

  29. Niners OWN the packers……this is an easy win for SF.

    Gore may run for 200 yards……

    34-17 Niners.

  30. And you wonder why MN put a roof on their new stadium? It’s consistently much colder in the Twin Cities than GB. It was 4 degrees on Dec 1st against the Bears and -10 on Dec 15 against the Eagles, both temps before wind chills… All that guff MN received from WI about not being “man” enough to brave the cold temps in a roofless stadium and now this “sell out” predicament in GB…

    It took 3extensions and Jared Allen pleading for you to spend your Christmas ” cashish” to sell out the dome…get over yourselves..

  31. The posts on this thread are the reason why Bears fans (and most others) laugh at Viking fans and have respect for Packers fans.

    Viking fans have a Napoleon complex when it comes to their team. They seek solace by ripping on other teams in the NFC North when their team has an inferior season.

  32. I have to laugh at all of the armchair rambos blabbering about this 11th hour sellout. I live in northern WI and leave the house for work before 7am. For the past two weeks, almost every day it’s been -25 to -30 degrees. Before putting the key in the ignition, I offer up a prayer to Odin that my timing belt doesn’t snap. On top of that, I have my trunk jam-packed with a large aluminum shovel, two bags of soil, an extra jacket and boots, a down comforter and a thermal sleeping bag, together with several MREs. Even then I’m white-knuckling it on the black ice-covered rural roads. When I get home and turn the heat up to a balmy 62, the furnace runs literally non

    Please, heroes, come to northern Wisconsin. Show us all how tough you are. God knows Minnesotans have a monopoly on cold-weather resistance, between their domed stadia and their miles of skywalks and tunnels.

  33. Wasn’t it the Viking fans saying there are no corporations in Wisconsin..???Guess there are, either that or they are that popular,I know it kills the crap out of you since your team is so irrelevant.

  34. I get a laugh out of the comments.

    “Game should be in SF because the Niners were 12-4…”

    Yeah, and If GB were 12-4 and the Niners were hosting at 8-7-1, you would say the game should be in GB? Hardly, right? LOL

    And, who cares who bought the tickets. You weren’t going to see me there if the tickets were free. No way would I sit there and freeze to watch it when I have a TV in my living room.

    Oh, and those predicting an easy win for SF have obviously never been outdoors when the air temp is below zero. That is cold. Don’t think that kind of temp doesnt shock the system? The Packers players have lived in the weather from the time is was 80 degress and through the slow process of the temps reaching what they are now in GB. It makes a huge difference acclimating when you don’t have to go from 70 degrees one day to zero degrees the next. Niners will play a step or two slower than usual. Is that enough to beat Green Bay? We’ll see on sunday evening. Packers 23 – Niners 14. That will be the final score on Sunday.

  35. To be fair, Kroger’s did the same corporate buyout of tickets to lift the blackout for the Colts game, and that’s an indoor stadium. How many unsold tickets would there have been if it was an open stadium? So I’m not blaming Packers fans at all.

  36. Packer fans are great fans….delusional perhaps if they think they can beat the Niners, but
    they have more class than the Seatterol Shehawk fans

  37. Vikings’ fans will still troll. They have nothing else to do without a coach, a QB or a GAME to write about. For anyone that wants to believe the 5 days it took to sell 80k (40k remaining)tickets is something to make fun of…

    Yes corporations helped with the last 1000 tickets. He whose team does NOT have corporate ticket sales, throw the first stone.
    – last forecast has possibility of -45 wind chills. WARNING to those of a certain age and those with medical conditions to NOT go outside at all. If the Pack were kind, they’d make folks have a physical before sitting on a METAL bleacher seat for 4 hours in that cold. I would bet their could be fatalities for Christ’s sake! I am 46 and would struggle in that weather.

    Everyone is allowed an opinion, but unless you have EVER sat in conditions like that (I have), you have ZERO credibility to judge GB fans.

    NOAA alert “LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS” Sunday. Jeebus.

  38. I hope people take the weather seriously. On the local news you’re going to hear stories of fans who went to watch the game and are now suffering from frostbite. With the windchill far below zero you can get frostbite in as little as 10 minutes let alone 4 hours of football…

  39. And incidentally. Despite weather that could KILL YOU… A sell out. C’mon folks, really? How about Colts fans who sit in a dome struggling to sell out? Could Pack fans maybe get a pass on this one? Viking fans will still find a way to make a joke about the old guy who has cardiac arrest sitting out there Sunday.

  40. All you Packer hatin kids crack me up. Yes, its going to be snot freezing cold out there on Sunday.. and you know.. the Pack could very well pull off a victory on Sunday afternoon. I am hoping so.. but I never thought that the Pack would even get to the playoffs this year. But thanks to the collapse of the rest of the division, here they are. The records are back to 0-0, and it’s time to step it up. It will be a great game for sure.
    Also.. the Packers are not the only team to have “Corporate Sponsors” scoop up tickets to avoid a black out… and they have sold out the stadium regardless of capacity since Carter was president…
    GO PACK..

  41. Its playoff time once again making minnesota irrelevant so it begs the question ” If a viking fan speaks does he make a sound?”

  42. Went to the Packers-Vikes game in Minny, went to Steelers-Packers in Lambeau. I’m a 25-year old Packer fan living in the Twin Cities (moved from Wisco for a job a year and a half ago) and I would love to go to the game, but who has $250 (average seat price for the game) + gas, beer, food money especially right after the holidays? I would go if I wasn’t 5 hours away and have t to drive back at 1am into the coldest temperatures in ages so I can work Monday.

    Proud stockholder and supporter, but I’ll be watching this one from the couch, not because I don’t want to go, but because it’s just not in the cards. People can say this taints the 100,000+ waiting list all they want, doesn’t bother me. I’m only 13,000 away! Go Pack Go.

  43. Green Bay fans troll on viking articles all the time. I only do it cause im sick of reading their lies and stupid hapless and tasteless nonsense. Vikings are a historic franchise. If you think otherwise please look up their stats. I will say this.. we have lost big games but atleast we are playing in those big games unlike lots of teams in the NFL. The NFC north is probably one of the best in the NFL 3 great franchises here. Vikings have one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL since 1961 and 3rd most playoff appearences since the merger. Nuff said…

  44. This is not entirely accurate. The game isn’t a sell out, they’ve sold enough seats to lift the blackout. Is anyone really surprised the TV stations broadcasting the game bought the remaking required tickets to lift the blackout.

    This has nothing to do with hate, only a reminder that your team ist any different than the others. Congrats on making the playoffs. The cold weather may get you to round two, but then you’ll have to play a real team.

  45. U cant call out packer fans for not buying up all the tickets, Green bay Is 7% the size of the leagues avg metro area. Makes it a little harder to sell 40,000 tickets in a week. The leagues smallest city had the 4th largest stadium in the nfl to fill up. Yeah we dont care about our team at all. Anyone that questions packers fans loyalty, look at the $67million in revenue towards stadium renovations raised by the so called “useless” stock sales.

  46. Good. More GB fans to shed more frozen tears when the Harbaugh-led Niners take them out…again. Revenge for the early 90’s you Cheeseheads!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Worst part about the frigid temperatures is that medical people won’t be able to differentiate between those suffering from hypothermia and a typical Sconnie…

  48. I am a Giant fan, however I am pleased to hear that The Packers have sold all their tickets. It would be unimaginable to have a blackout in Titletown! Best of luck to The Packer fans. I think it would be grerat if a few of the old-guard Packers who played in the Ice Bowl could go out to midfield for the coin toss. THAT would get the fans

  49. There’s a misconception here that Packer fans and Viking fans are posting all these idiotic things here. Not true, there are only Packer trolls and Viking trolls commenting. Thirteen year old trolls.

  50. Associated Banc-Corp and the local Fox affiliate bought the remaining tickets for the Packers. This team is still a joke. Terrible team, in a terrible city, with terrible fans. By the way, these corporate sponsors bought these tickets after Green Bay was given an extension.

  51. People that live in Sconnie make me laugh. All they have in life is the pack. I guess when your chicks are fat, your cities are dilapidated, the state IQ averages 74, and 95% of the population wears zubaz, what do you expect.

  52. I hope the league makes the fatal mistake of raising ticket prices next year. With the high costs of Obamacare, I would not be surprised to see former loyal season tic holders drop their tics all over the league. Then we will know the full effect of Ocare on the working stiffs and on the NFL who think their is no ceiling to high to tic prices.

  53. Since u know the word dilapidated Ur IQ is through the roof. I’m gna go find my new zubaz pants and cuddle up next to 300lb snow pig of a women now and read the dictionary till the game Sunday.

  54. Those saying it will be an easy win don’t speak for the majority of our fanbase. Just like the few that think the cold eliminates any chance for the Niners don’t speak for the pack fanbase. I as do most I know am expecting a classic game for the ages. Hope it lives up to the Ice Bowl.

  55. Roger should change the name of the Blackout rule to something that more accurately describes it, like the Blackmail Rule.

  56. And now the Vikings trolls have nothing. We have a superior team in every way. Our state is superior in every way, and our fans are superior in every way.

    Every. Single. Way.

    Hmmm really?
    so as Midwestsportstalk admitted in an above post, he moved from the abyss know as “wisconsin” for a chance at a real life in the great state of Minnesota.. at least he can admit it… I would like for you to give me any proof that the landfill to the east of the Great State of Minnesota, is in any way a superior state. The Numbers don’t lie, “wisconsin” lags in EVERY major economic, or quality of life category, and its not even close.. actually come to think the only thing I can think of is Deer Hunting, and beer sales on sunday.. sure ill give ya “wisconsins” one profitable company is above average most seasons. if you actually look at the record between the vikes and pack, it actually pretty even.. but when you look at The Great State of Minnesota vs. “Wisconsin”, its not even close.. its a joke of a state. basically contributing nothing to this great country, or the poor folks that live there… I truly hope that someday “wisconsin” can produce its own jobs, and a real economy, so inhabitants of that village of remorse can quit taking jobs in the Great State of Minnesota

  57. Funny how my post always seem to get reported,goes to show that most packer fans are not clever enough to come back with some actual facts….. Shameful. And pathetic

  58. Notice the vastly different tones in the Colts and Green Bay articles?

    The same exact situation… 2 completely differently spun articles.

  59. The pathetic attempts by Viking fans to shoot any arrow that might stick tells us more about them than their desciptions of us and our team, The Green Bay Packers.

    Comparing the Packers and the Packer fans to the Vikings and the Viking fans, is like comparing our Ferrari to their Chevette. And the ticket glitch, was we all knew was the fault of the Packer brass and not the fans, is like them laughing at the fact we have a burned out turn signal lamp in our Ferrari, while their muffler on their Chevette is dragging on the ground.

    In effect…..we don’t care what you think.

    Stay Calm and Carry On.

  60. Toes110, if minnesota is such a great state with all kinds of money, Y did they have such a hard time finding money to build a new stadium for the vikings.

  61. This Lions fan finds it ironic that Viking fans are chiding Packer fans over not selling out this game in the first couple of days, when the Vikings can’t even sell out the cozy confines of an indoor dome! That’s just classic, typical behavior from folks in the Minny camp. If you don’t want to look like jealous, foolish, wannabes, I’d suggest not posting here any longer!

  62. Why is this article an invitation for which fanbase sucks more than other fanbases?
    Every fanbase has its share of good, bad and ugly.
    Does it make the posters seem superior at pointing out how screwed up the other fanbases are?
    smh.

  63. There’s no doubt the 49ers have a more complete team (ie defense) but the weather adds a variable that means anything can happen. I do love all the comments from the smug 49ers fans though; they have a cadre of first round picks as rewards for years of sucking, and a talented quarterback who is the second lowest paid starting QB in the league (higher only than Russell Wilson). Just wait a few years, when they have to actually pay all their superstars. Enjoy it while you can cause your window is already starting to close. Go Packers.

  64. It’s amazing how a city of only 100,000 people can constantly sell out 75-80,000 seats every single game decade after decade.

  65. GenXJay says:
    Jan 3, 2014 6:15 PM
    Can i get an extension to sell my novelty stock?
    //////////////////////////////

    No, but you can sell your Randy Moss jersey on Craigslist. There must be somebody looking for cheap fish wrap.

  66. I have to laugh at all of the armchair rambos blabbering about this 11th hour sellout. I live in northern WI and leave the house for work before 7am. For the past two weeks, almost every day it’s been -25 to -30 degrees. Before putting the key in the ignition, I offer up a prayer to Odin that my timing belt doesn’t snap. On top of that, I have my trunk jam-packed with a large aluminum shovel, two bags of soil, an extra jacket and boots, a down comforter and a thermal sleeping bag, together with several MREs. Even then I’m white-knuckling it on the black ice-covered rural roads. When I get home and turn the heat up to a balmy 62.

    Please, heroes, come to northern Wisconsin. Show us all how tough you are.

    Kaeperneick will show you!
    He is planning another naked photo shoot on the field right before kickoff to show his toughness!

  67. My kids have been on the season ticket waiting list since 1997 and they are around 35,000 on the list..ain’t no myth

  68. Toes110, if minnesota is such a great state with all kinds of money, Y did they have such a hard time finding money to build a new stadium for the vikings.
    …..
    Well tooba, sure thats a fair question… well considering that the new stadium is expected to cost upwards of a Billion dollars. There really wasn’t a problem getting the $$$$, the problem was getting it passed through multiple chambers of govt. IMO they are still building it in a terrible location. should have been built up in Arden Hills.. But considering that it will employ 1,000’s of people. im sure plenty will cross the border from the land formally know as “wisconsin”. to have a chance to earn a paycheck. However, I fully expect the stadium to be the new standard for future stadiums across the nation.. it will be awesome.. I have been to Lambeau, I have to admit, its kinda cool. and the tail gating there is awesome, however the actual stadium itself needs some major upgrades…. the bleacher seats are a joke… The tour guides there were cool too, although I wore my J.Allen jersey during the tour, he made it fun…. over then that , any other facts or questions regarding the superiority of the Great State of Minnesota?

  69. I’m both jealous I can’t go, and glad I get to watch this from home. Anyone putting down Packers fans for not wanting to attend a game at life-threatening temps is jealous. I hope everyone there is able to stay safe, players and fans alike. Can’t wait to see this real football game in football weather!

  70. And it has NOT BEEN -25 to -35 degrees here, we ve stuck pretty close to zero, just like they like to exaggerate the greatness if their football team, they like to exaggerate the harshness too apparently

  71. “Bears Fans respect packer fans”…speak for yourself..id rather watch a game with a vikes fan any day…come spend some time in central Wisconsin and see if you still feel that way.. only thing worse than a pack fan cheering for a bad team is a packer fan cheering for a good team, they know neither how to lose, or win with grace..never have, never will…its in thier blood…and for everybody saying a city of 100, 000…have you even been to green bay?…the green bay metro consists of about 350, 000, and that doesn t even include the fox valley..and its not like Madison and Milwaukee are fielding teams of thier own, so shut up with that nonsense already…fact is you almost failed to sell out a playoff game deal with it

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