Lambeau draws record crowd

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Maybe they should have a blackout scare more often at Lambeau Field.

With the Packers needing to sell tickets, the locals responded like the citizenry of Bedford Falls — filling up the home stadium in record numbers, despite the bitter cold and an in-game wind chill warning.

According the BizJournals.com, a record crowd of 77,525 filled the seats surrounding the tundra for the last-second playoff loss to the 49ers.

Not bad for a game that wasn’t officially sold out until Friday.

Clearly, the lack of a sellout didn’t arise from a lack of interest.  The Packers sent the postseason invoices to season-ticket holders in November, at which time a division title seemed like a long shot.  Which meant that the Packers would have been holding their customers’ money, through and until the cash is applied to the first installment for the 2014 season tickets.

Apparently, the Packers believed that people who will pay $250 for a meaningless stock certificate also would be happy to give the team a no-interest loan.  They weren’t.

Ultimately, they were thrilled to fill the stadium in record numbers, despite the elements.

69 responses to “Lambeau draws record crowd

  1. The people of WI have spoken. Can you now put a sock in the “fans shouldn’t have to sit out in the elements” narrative next time this comes up? Wisconsinites love a game in cold weather. Why? Because they know they hate it a lot less than the other team/fans do.

    Although they didn’t win, I think most home fans would agree that there is some element of an edge for the home team in the cold regardless of that resulting in a win or not.

  2. How can you not be proud of Packer fans after a game like that? They sold out in a less than 4 days, and just set a new all time attendance record in life threatening conditions.

    Best fans in the NFL.

  3. I don’t believe this for one second. Ticket sales and people attending are two different things. The stadium didn’t even look full.

  4. It’s a postseason record due to the most recent stadium expansion.

    There were about 3k no shows. That’s a pretty good attendance mark for a game play in subzero windchills.

  5. How many playoff game tickets did the season ticket holders have to buy to attend the playoff game that they didn’t know was going to happen until the last week? Here in Cincinnati, season ticket holders had to buy tickets for 3 playoff games per season ticket seat. If that is standard practice for all franchises it answers the questions as to why 3 out of 4 teams had a difficult time selling out a playoff game. It is also horrible policy.

  6. ……And since there is nothing else to do in green bay, that record number of fans still remain in the stadium.

  7. “…the Packers believed that people who will pay $250 for a meaningless stock certificate…”
    Geez!
    Here we go again.
    Saying that it’s a “meaningless stock certificate” simply means that you don’t get it.
    Another, more accurate way of looking at the purchase of Packer stock, is that GB fans are willingly participating in the funding and upkeep of their stadium in contrast to the rest of the league franchises that shake their fans down via a taxation process that gives everybody’s money to some rich stiff who doesn’t want to pay for his own stadium.
    That’s better…?

  8. Someone at the game said it was the 1st time they opened up like 7000 more seats in 1 of the end zones since the rennovation. I’m guessing thats why it sold out.

  9. And just like that, our the window goes the argument for all the spiteful, jealous fans of other teams who sat here last week and trolled sayign the Packers fans were overrated, fair-weathered and pathetic.

    They remain in the top tier of NFL fans, as they always will

    Signed,
    Bengals fan (who knows his own fanbase needs work)

  10. I went to the game. First playoff game I’ve attended. We played tough. I was very disappointed with the slow start the offense had. I don’t understand why McCarthy called for Cobb to run it on the last 1st and goal when Starks and Lacey were bashing for yards.

    Although we all want to see a win, it was nice to go to a game with the “true” fans. The early season games are packed with people there more for a popularity contest instead of the game. 49’er fans were very nice, even after that crushing kick.

  11. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jan 6, 2014 10:47 AM
    How can you not be proud of Packer fans after a game like that? They sold out in a less than 4 days, and just set a new all time attendance record in life threatening conditions.

    Best fans in the NFL.

    ————–

    Yet the final results are predictibly the same. TT is looking for 7th round picks and UDFA to replentish the team for next year.

    All the fans of NFCN are requesting Dom Capers return…

  12. Sorry, nice try. The only REAL record crowd you could assemble in Green Bay would be for the unveiling of a brand spanking new Superdome to replace that old washed up Chuck E. Cheese Stadium they play in now.

  13. “skimbell says:
    Jan 6, 2014 10:52 AM
    “…the Packers believed that people who will pay $250 for a meaningless stock certificate…”
    Geez!
    Here we go again.
    Saying that it’s a “meaningless stock certificate” simply means that you don’t get it.
    Another, more accurate way of looking at the purchase of Packer stock, is that GB fans are willingly participating in the funding and upkeep of their stadium in contrast to the rest of the league franchises that shake their fans down via a taxation process that gives everybody’s money to some rich stiff who doesn’t want to pay for his own stadium.
    That’s better…?
    ===================================
    A) being forced to pay for a stadium via a tax means I have no choice in the matter which I don’t like but the silver lining is at least I was forced to and didn’t get suckered out of my money by a snakeoil salesman doing a con job of convincing me that the paper he was giving me was actually worth something.
    B) the NFL has revenue sharing…..that sellout crowd you had at the game gave “lots of money to 31 other rich stiffs” so don’t fool yourself.
    C) again, don’t fool yourself. Regardless of how “storied of a franchise” the Packers may have, if the fans quit giving their time and money to the team through such things as stock and shoveling snow for peanuts, the franchise could not economically survive and with the NFL being the business that it is, it would move the team in a heartbeat. In case you haven’t noticed, the NFL has changed drastically and it’s all about the money.

  14. I’d subtract a few from that record figure to reflect the ghost of Coach Lombardi standing in the parking lot with a scowl on his face.

  15. Get off the sold out crapola. It took corporate sponsors to buy up and give those tickets away. I read some posts that season ticket holders couldn’t give tickets away at the game.

  16. Can we say Rodgers is not the best QB in the NFL yet? I love the guy, A LOT more than Brady, and agree wholeheartedly that he is a great QB but to more or less have a fair at best showing at home, in the playoffs, where your fans are selling out a stadium despite Mars like temperatures…

    SF is overrated and both me and Vegas feel confident they are going home in less than a week, but to do what they did showed moxy.

    Packer fans have again impressed me, you guys rock.

  17. Thejuddstir clearly knows absolutely nothing about the packers. And name an NFL team that wouldn’t lose money and look to move if know one watched em. Thanks captain obvious

  18. Ok, the excuse of “the season looked lost when the tickets were offered to season ticket holders” is just that; an excuse. They did the same thing in Philly and we still sold out in under 5 minutes. Congrats on takin 4 days and corporate sponsors to do what we did in 5 minutes with every ticket going to a real fan. Best fans in the NFL my a$$!!

  19. phillyphannnn83 says:
    Jan 6, 2014 11:54 AM
    Ok, the excuse of “the season looked lost when the tickets were offered to season ticket holders” is just that; an excuse. They did the same thing in Philly and we still sold out in under 5 minutes.

    ********************************************

    The playoffs are more of a novelty in Philly. And the Packers still were able to sell 10,000 more tickets than the Eagles did.

  20. thejuddstir says:
    Jan 6, 2014 11:38 AM

    ===================================
    A) being forced to pay for a stadium via a tax means I have no choice in the matter which I don’t like but the silver lining is at least I was forced to and didn’t get suckered out of my money by a snakeoil salesman doing a con job of convincing me that the paper he was giving me was actually worth something.
    B) the NFL has revenue sharing…..that sellout crowd you had at the game gave “lots of money to 31 other rich stiffs” so don’t fool yourself.
    C) again, don’t fool yourself. Regardless of how “storied of a franchise” the Packers may have, if the fans quit giving their time and money to the team through such things as stock and shoveling snow for peanuts, the franchise could not economically survive and with the NFL being the business that it is, it would move the team in a heartbeat. In case you haven’t noticed, the NFL has changed drastically and it’s all about the money.

    —————————————
    A. Is it better to be forced to pay a tax or have a choice of buying a stock that provides benefits that the tax does not? “Choice”, being the key word.
    And nobody got suckered, everybody knew upfront what the stock did and did not provide. It was well explained that they were worth 1/200 of a full stock and nobody could buy more that 200.

    B. There’s some sharing involved on the gate but who gets the concessions and parking? I’ll give you a clue, it’s not the 31 other greedy owners.

    C. No chance of the NFL ever letting the Packers move if they were owned by a private group. I don’t think they want to expand again like they did to repair the Cleveland debacle.

  21. Hey Viking fans!

    Take a long look at the two guys in the photo – that’s what you’ll be enjoying during the next few seasons at Gopher Hole Arena while Gas Bag Stadium is totally imploded to make room for your newest wreck.

    A stadium with a nylon roof that didn’t hold? … No problem … the purple brain trust will be making the next one out of glass …

    What could possibly go wrong here???

  22. McCarthy is a crummy coach. Shocked he won a SB. All he had to do was play his ends safe to contain the edge and 1-read Kapernick with his peanut head would be home scheduling an appt for his next lame tattoo.

  23. Some of you need reading help. It’s an ATTENDANCE number. The # of people that showed up and went through the turnstile. You know when they scan your ticket? That’s what’s being discussed here. How many SHOWED UP, not how many were sold.

  24. thejuddstir says: Jan 6, 2014 11:38 AM

    A) being forced to pay for a stadium via a tax means I have no choice in the matter which I don’t like but the silver lining is at least I was forced to and didn’t get suckered out of my money by a snakeoil salesman doing a con job of convincing me that the paper he was giving me was actually worth something.
    B) the NFL has revenue sharing…..that sellout crowd you had at the game gave “lots of money to 31 other rich stiffs” so don’t fool yourself.
    C) again, don’t fool yourself. Regardless of how “storied of a franchise” the Packers may have, if the fans quit giving their time and money to the team through such things as stock and shoveling snow for peanuts, the franchise could not economically survive and with the NFL being the business that it is, it would move the team in a heartbeat. In case you haven’t noticed, the NFL has changed drastically and it’s all about the money.
    ===================================

    in regards to your ignorant comment on section B, actually it’s a 60-40 split between the two teams involved in the game McFly. The other 30 teams get squat from the revenue generated from ticket sales.

    Sit down meat!

  25. thejuddstir says: Jan 6, 2014 11:38 AM

    “skimbell says:
    Jan 6, 2014 10:52 AM
    “…the Packers believed that people who will pay $250 for a meaningless stock certificate…”
    Geez!
    Here we go again.
    Saying that it’s a “meaningless stock certificate” simply means that you don’t get it.
    Another, more accurate way of looking at the purchase of Packer stock, is that GB fans are willingly participating in the funding and upkeep of their stadium in contrast to the rest of the league franchises that shake their fans down via a taxation process that gives everybody’s money to some rich stiff who doesn’t want to pay for his own stadium.
    That’s better…?
    ===================================

    B) the NFL has revenue sharing…..that sellout crowd you had at the game gave “lots of money to 31 other rich stiffs” so don’t fool yourself.

    …….

    You are fooling yourself. Game ticket sales is only shared with the two teams playing.

    Revenue sharing has only to do with TV monies.

  26. Pat says:
    Jan 6, 2014 10:48 AM
    I don’t believe this for one second. Ticket sales and people attending are two different things. The stadium didn’t even look full.
    ///////////////////////////////

    I was there. Were you? It was full….and then some.

  27. “Lambeau draws record crowd after thousands of tickets have to be bought by corporate sponsors and then resold for 30 cents on the dollar”

  28. I thought the Pack were unbeatable at home especially in “packer weather”
    So much for that ‘warm weather/dome teams cant win in the cold’

    Winners this weekend
    SAN DIEGO in CINCINNATI
    NEW ORLEANS in Philly
    SAN FRAN in GB

  29. Meaningless and worthless are two different things. For a 5th generation Packer fan to own stock in the only publicly owned major pro sports team is hardly meaningless.

  30. headline should read “record attendance to see rodgers and co. crap the bed yet again……he’s andy dalton in a different uniform. or jamarcus russel take your pick

  31. Misleading article. It was a playoff record but not the highest attendance record. Its the first year of the addition so it was the stadium was at its highest capacity it has ever been for a playoff game. They were drawing 82,000 for regular season games.

  32. i wonder if rodgers significant other sent him flowers yet? when does he hit 297 consecutive games again? he wont sniff a superbowl the rest of his career. well i guess he can crank out a bunch of state farm and ford commercials then

  33. philtration says:
    Jan 6, 2014 12:38 PM
    “Lambeau draws record crowd after thousands of tickets have to be bought by corporate sponsors and then resold for 30 cents on the dollar”

    ————————————————–

    Playoff prices are set by the league, all profits go to the league, and all tickets are sold at 100% of face value. Only during the regular season can the team buy the tickets at less than face value since they get the profit.

    Any corporation that would buy something at full value and then sell it at 30% is not going to stay in business for long.

  34. Ignoring the buyout by the local 50 watt tv affiliate, and some bank, yes they sold out. Pretty sure the seats were NOT 100% filled by the fair weather fans.

  35. Another misleading article. It was a PLAYOFF record crowd. Considering Green Bay added some 8,000 seats this year, that was not hard to do. Could have had 7,000 unsold tickets and would have still been playoff record. Packers drew 77,999 for Steelers in week 16.

  36. The 77,525 number was tickets sold. The NFL releases tickets sold, except for the Steelers. They still announce butts in the seats. Would like to know the turnstile count for that game. When a TV station or corporation buys blocks of tickets, it does not mean actual attendance, just paid attendance.

  37. arnoldziffel says:
    Jan 6, 2014 12:09 PM
    Hey Viking fans!

    Take a long look at the two guys in the photo – that’s what you’ll be enjoying during the next few seasons at Gopher Hole Arena while Gas Bag Stadium is totally imploded to make room for your newest wreck.

    A stadium with a nylon roof that didn’t hold? … No problem … the purple brain trust will be making the next one out of glass …

    What could possibly go wrong here?

    umm 2 of their last 4 games next year are in domes, and 2 in warm weather

  38. Sold out???

    Please, the tickets were bought up, at the last minute by corporate sponsors.

    There were seats available for any chuckling cheese head that wanted them . . . uh, you know, as long as they were free.

    So please don’t spout off about cold weather fans, band wagon fans what-ever.

    And now that your mighty 8-7-1 team has been given a dose of reality, please return to your Mom’s basement for the next six months.

  39. Wow…school must be cancelled in Minnesota today..all the girls are home spewing their mindless jibber ish about everything that has NOTHING to do with football.

  40. There weren’t 77,000 fans there – there were 77,525 tickets sold.

    Of the tickets sold (with the benefit of corporate buyout), there were thousands of tickets that went unused.

    The record number of tickets sold is only 78,200 (Detroit game in warm weather).

    It only makes sense that when the fans attending the game are looking like the “Michelin Man” with their snowmobile suits or hunting garb, you just can’t fit the same number of fans into the stands (they are all 3 – 8″ wider with the cold weather gear).

    The stadium looks full, but lot’s of unused tickets is the reason. Not fans in the stands.

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