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Vikings offer single-game tickets Tuesday, with two asterisks

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On Sunday, we pointed out that the Colts’ offer of single-game tickets applies to every game except the game against the Patriots, which requires the purchase of a ticket to the preseason game against the Giants.

In an effort to sell tickets for the first of two years played outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s stadium, the Vikings are using that same device, twice.  The good news is that the second game in each case isn’t a preseason contest but a regular-season game.

The Vikings have announced the single-game tickets will be available on Tuesday, and that the purchase of tickets to the September 14 visit from the Patriots comes with the purchase of tickets to the December 7 visit from the Jets.  Likewise, to get tickets to the November 23 game against the Packers, fans must buy tickets to the September 28 game against the Falcons.

Which means that, for the games against the Patriots and Packers, single-game tickets aren’t available.  Instead, it’s a 25-percent season ticket to a place where the Vikings may have a hard time luring customers in the colder months, especially if the team plays more like it did in 2013 and 2011 and less like it did in 2012.

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54 Responses to “Vikings offer single-game tickets Tuesday, with two asterisks”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 21, 2014 3:47 PM

    * not single game.
    * not tickets.

  2. dmartin17 says: Jul 21, 2014 3:47 PM

    This is common place to for teams. It’s essentially a form of variable pricing and is a smart hedge to keep stadiums filled.

    SD has been doing it to Raiders fans for a while.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 21, 2014 3:48 PM

    They need to offer an incentive to buy tickets now that Toby Gerhart has moved on to possible newfound stardom with another team. He was my favorite Vikings RB and I’m looking forward to watching him get a chance to play and glad the Lions don’t have to face him! Peterson I’m not so much worried about now that he’s talking about toning things down a little.

  4. thepftpoet says: Jul 21, 2014 3:49 PM

    It is completely justifiable to up the prices of all the tickets, on the basis that the historic Minnesota Vikings are the BEST franchise in sports.

    The most talented roster, coaching staff, and front office are above and beyond any other teams, and it’s not even close.

    Who wouldn’t want to see Teddy Bridgewater be the first Rookie QB to win a super bowl?

  5. mortwannabe says: Jul 21, 2014 3:49 PM

    Worst organization in the NFL.

  6. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 21, 2014 3:50 PM

    Not a surprise. They can’t sell out season tix so they use stupid gimmicks for the only demand games they do have. They always remremove the stipulation once people don’t buy the tix.

  7. thepftpoet says: Jul 21, 2014 3:51 PM

    Skol Vikings, let’s win this game.
    Skol Vikings, honor your name.
    Let’s get this first down, then get a touchdown.
    Rock’em
    Sock’em
    FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

    “The Most Prolific Franchise in Sports”

    We live by that standard every day.

  8. seapoeschl says: Jul 21, 2014 3:52 PM

    *Extremely small chance of Vikings Winning

    *Still no Superbowl Trophy

  9. tjacks7 says: Jul 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    Thestrategyexpert.. How are you not a GM yet?? Oh, wait.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 21, 2014 3:58 PM

    tjacks7:

    Because my powers are like that of a vampire, they are rendered useless unless you invite me into your house first.

  11. sbchampsagain says: Jul 21, 2014 3:58 PM

    * You have to watch the Vikings
    * You have to pay money to watch the Vikings.

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 21, 2014 4:02 PM

    If the Browns tried to pull this stunt, I think Haslem would be run out of town.

    If this is a tactic teams need to resort to sell tickets the future isn’t very bright for the NFL gravy train. If the Colts have to do this and the a packers can’t sell out playoff games I would be very worried about future revenue streams for the NFL. Glad to see fans pushing back on the Mafia like tactics of the NFL. The NFL is going to get a taste of humble pie sooner than you think

  13. noringsforvikings says: Jul 21, 2014 4:04 PM

    *1998 NFC Champions
    *2009 NFC Champions

    *Lost both championship games fair and square but fanbase continues incessant whining anyway.

  14. chasedbyturtles says: Jul 21, 2014 4:05 PM

    Give me a 50″ HD TV, surround sound, a plate of wings and you’d have to pay me to go to the game.

  15. sameer1138 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:05 PM

    It’s almost like they want to make sure fans watch games at home on TV.

  16. Florio_Jr. says: Jul 21, 2014 4:10 PM

    Why do all these owners act like they’re strapped for cash! Ignorance of the NFL. I’d like to go to a game or two, but it’s tough. I can go to any other sports no problem.

  17. sonofad says: Jul 21, 2014 4:12 PM

    TCF Stadium

    Terrible
    Crappy
    Football

  18. lowdownmofo says: Jul 21, 2014 4:15 PM

    This just says three things:
    1. The Patriots and the Packers move the needle. Bum franchises will ride their coattails when necessary.
    2. The Jets and Falcons suck.
    3. The Vikings suck (see above).

  19. f1restarter says: Jul 21, 2014 4:17 PM

    I originally thought the crowd for the home game against the Packers would be 60% Packer fans. Now I’m positive it’ll be 90% Packer fans.

  20. bearssuck says: Jul 21, 2014 4:18 PM

    I wouldn’t see these jokers for free.

  21. glad4sgone says: Jul 21, 2014 4:29 PM

    If the goal here is to limit the number of Packers fans at the annual Packers-Vikings game in Minnesota, it will fail miserably. Take it from this Packer fan —-one who has seen many, many such games at the old Metrodome…

  22. skolnolombardilovers says: Jul 21, 2014 4:34 PM

    brownsmakemecrazy says:
    Jul 21, 2014 4:02 PM
    If the Browns tried to pull this stunt, I think Haslem would be run out of town.

    If this is a tactic teams need to resort to sell tickets the future isn’t very bright for the NFL gravy train. If the Colts have to do this and the a packers can’t sell out playoff games I would be very worried about future revenue streams for the NFL. Glad to see fans pushing back on the Mafia like tactics of the NFL. The NFL is going to get a taste of humble pie sooner than you think

    Wow you would think you are a Viking fan being so misinformed
    Packer Playoff tickets went on sale at a very low point in the season Rodgers was injured along with many others and I don’t think even coaches thought they would qualify
    The Packers eve did an unprecedented thing not only did you have to buy the Tickests you would not get a refund The money would be put toward your season tickets for the next year People weren’t going to do it Three tickets for Playoff tickets are not cheap

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 21, 2014 4:39 PM

    @thepftpoet = @logicalvoicesays

    … and it’s obvious.

  24. greenbaydean says: Jul 21, 2014 4:41 PM

    This is not “news.” Vikings have been doing this for their home game against the Packers for years….

  25. 6ball says: Jul 21, 2014 4:45 PM

    .
    Last call for Vikings fans to see Tom Brady live.
    .

  26. mark1021 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:45 PM

    The mighty Vikings need to use coercion (look it up, Minnesota fans) to try to sell out their games at TCF stadium and it holds just over 50,000 people. There are 3 million people in the twin cities metro area and they can’t be counted on to fill the stadium. Hope you like blacked out home games, Viking fans.

    Terrible team in a terrible stadium with terrible fans. What a joke of a franchise.

  27. ariani1985 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:45 PM

    Who even wants to go to games anymore, for 500 dollars you can stay home. If our little sisters to the east can’t even sell out their dump and they have 30 million year wait just to get a ticket.

  28. Ryan Burge says: Jul 21, 2014 4:46 PM

    This isn’t anything new to the Vikings and certainly didn’t start because of them going to the TCF Stadium. The Vikings have required this while selling single game tickets for a few years now. It started with just the Packers game and then they started doing it with 2 games a couple years ago.

  29. atthemurph says: Jul 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    What are single game tickets???

    Signed Green Bay Packers Season Ticket Holder.

  30. mvp43 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:55 PM

    The Vikings are reliant on the Packers not only so they can sign their cast offs, but to also sell tickets.

    The Packer= Top of the food chain.

  31. GenXJay says: Jul 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    um…i got my single regular season ticket vs. cheesebay already on Nov.23rd.
    Mmm, cheese.

  32. tjacks7 says: Jul 21, 2014 5:00 PM

    Florio_Jr. says:

    Why do all these owners act like they’re strapped for cash! Ignorance of the NFL. I’d like to go to a game or two, but it’s tough. I can go to any other sports no problem.

    What? You’re dad must be a multi-millionaire either by fleecing people/businesses like a typical lawyer or fleecing NBA for ridiculous NFL insights. I think he can afford to take you to a game.

  33. wafflestomp says: Jul 21, 2014 5:00 PM

    No big deal.
    The secondary market will be flooded with these tickets come November, and Packer fans will be able to snatch them up at a reasonable price and without the poison pill.

    Looking forward to the regular season and real football.

  34. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 21, 2014 5:00 PM

    What a lame franchise and a weak fan base in that in order for Packer fans not to overrun the stadium they try and tack on another game to dissuade Packer fans not to come. Secondly they attach other weaker games so they wont have a blackout when fans don’t come after they have become irrelevant after around week 6.

  35. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 21, 2014 5:00 PM

    Skolnolombardilovers:

    I could be wrong but I don’t think the Packers- 49ers game was sold out until the middle of the week of the game.

    You obviously missed my point. My point was if even the good teams have to resort to stunts like this the NFL gravy train is nearing it’s end.

    I have nothing but love for the Pack. Love Rodgers and Lacy and Jordy Nelson.

    It’s fun going to a game but there are alot of drawbacks, bunch of drunks, expensive concessions, long restroom lines. Went to the Bills Browns Thursday night game last year, and the cops had to arrest and break up about 10 fights in the stands.

    Agree with the comment above gimme games on HD comforts of own home and own food

  36. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 21, 2014 5:07 PM

    Lil old Green Bay not only has to help the sisters of the poor in Minnesota regarding revenue sharing now they have to play on the popularity of the Packers to help sell tickets to other games. What a joke of a franchise!

  37. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 21, 2014 5:24 PM

    Real teams have no problems selling tickets. Sad teams have to use tricks in order to sell tickets. Congratulations to the Vikings organization for reaching the bottom. AP needs to abandon the sinking ship. He’s going to outdo Barry Sanders by giving so much to such a pathetic franchise.

  38. bringbackwayne says: Jul 21, 2014 5:31 PM

    I hear all these Packers fans proud of the fact that they pay for a meaningless game so they can see their team play one.

    Loyal……..sure
    Stupid……..yes

  39. mackcarrington says: Jul 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    I sure hope the people who run Direct TV don’t get any ideas about trying to do this.

  40. 1952vikefan says: Jul 21, 2014 7:58 PM

    if they field a winner it doesn’t matter how cold it is they will come should be sold out for the holidays skol

  41. cags777 says: Jul 21, 2014 8:59 PM

    The Vikings have been selling packaged games for years. This is nothing new.

  42. bigjim50010 says: Jul 21, 2014 9:40 PM

    the vikings have had to sell two fers for years. well when 3M isn’t bailing them out.

  43. bhuettl says: Jul 21, 2014 10:01 PM

    In every other NFL stadium, the Viking game is the game the ticket buyers have to take in addition, if they want to buy a ticket to one of the good games.

  44. revelation123 says: Jul 21, 2014 10:17 PM

    This acts as a way to prevent Patriots and Packers fans from overwhelming the stands while increasing ticket sales.

  45. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 21, 2014 10:42 PM

    @1rockyracoon:

    Last time I checked the Colts were a real team. They beat Seattle, SF & DENVER last year and they are using gimmicks like the Vikings to sell tickets

  46. drewzducks says: Jul 21, 2014 11:16 PM

    If the Yikings hosted the game BETWEEN the Packers and Patriots at least their pathetic slob fan base would actually get to see a game involving two championship franchises.

  47. tomh51260 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:49 AM

    Just more fan friendly policies Initiated by the ownership group. Just like the People’s park that isn’t for the people.

  48. oldcracker says: Jul 22, 2014 1:05 PM

    I thought they were selling Viking tickets at Target, whenever you signed up for a Dayton-Hudson credit card.

  49. Ridley Me This says: Jul 22, 2014 2:24 PM

    Wont this just be a double whammy for the Vikings? Not only will their game against GB feel like an away game, but the game against the falcons will feel like it was cancelled.

  50. whatjusthapped says: Jul 22, 2014 5:43 PM

    So in essence, the Vikings have 25% home games feel like road games because they can’t sell tickets.

    They can’t win Superbowls either, does anyone out there think the two are some how related?

  51. banlarson says: Jul 23, 2014 12:32 PM

    When the Vikings play the Packers on November 23rd, it will be the Packers looking up in the standing at the Vikings. Vikes are back on track after the owner took 5 years to get acclimated to the NFL and finally hired real coaches. Everyone knows the Vikings have tons more talent than GB (team of 1) and with NFL caliber coaches they will be back on top in the NFC North where they belong.

  52. thepftpoetisacrossdresser says: Jul 23, 2014 2:27 PM

    banlarson says:
    Jul 23, 2014 12:32 PM

    When the Vikings play the Packers on November 23rd, it will be the Packers looking up in the standing at the Vikings. Vikes are back on track after the owner took 5 years to get acclimated to the NFL and finally hired real coaches. Everyone knows the Vikings have tons more talent than GB (team of 1) and with NFL caliber coaches they will be back on top in the NFC North where they belong.
    _________________________________

    This is choice. Let me tell you what’s more likely to take place. Sit down for this…I know you guys struggle with grasping reality.

    1 – MN opens at ST Louis, then have New England in MA, then the Saints in LA, then home for Atlanta, before a THUR night contest on national TV in Green Bay where you will get destroyed. Odds are good MN may very well be eliminated mathematically from the playoffs by the week 10 bye if the Bears (or Lions) even have a pulse.

    2 – That team will be playing in front of visiting crowds at home and away. 3M and all of the corps bailing the sales out each week in MN will be giving tickets out, and those will be sold or unused…for sure when the weather turns ugly in November forward.

    3 – Vikings will be looking at a 2-9 record or worse after 12 games in. Pressure will mount on the new staff. Cassell will be benched so they can see what Bridgebuster can do at that point and get some playing time getting ready for the 2015 season. He will get crushed….leaving MN Vikings fans in the same Love Boat they are every year. “Wait until next year!” Reminds me of the Free Beer Tomorrow sign you see at some bars.

    Don’t fret though….this Chris Kluwe lawsuit is just getting going. The Vikes will be in the spotlight for months yet because of their rainbow warrior. Any pub is good pub, right?

    S-till
    K-ings
    O-f
    L-osing

  53. Bar None says: Jul 24, 2014 1:43 PM

    I laugh every time I see “Skol Vikings” That means “School Vikings”. If people were down with the Scandinavian heritage they would know that it is “Skål Vikings” or at lease “Skal Vikings”.

  54. deacon85 says: Jul 24, 2014 3:24 PM

    So for Vikings fans to attend the game with the Patriots, they have to buy a tickets to the game with Jets? As an attorney (and Pats fan), I believe this constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Vikings fans have suffered enough, and making them have to watch Rex and the organization that attempts to portray itself as an NFL team is cruel beyond measure. On the other hand, I suppose watching the Jets attempt to score could be entertaining, although I think the NFL should provide a “butt fumble or equivalent” form of warranty, whereby the ticket price would be refunded if the Jets don’t perform a play substantially equivalent in entertainment value to the butt fumble (oh, who am I kidding? it will probably happen in the first quarter!)

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