Pricey tickets for Packers-Raiders preseason game in Winnipeg

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Fans in Canada are having to pay regular-season prices if they want to attend the preseason game between the Packers and Raiders in Winnipeg.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the cheapest tickets available anywhere are $112. That’s far more than the Packers’ other preseason games (two at Lambeau Field and one in Baltimore), all of which have tickets available on second-hand markets for less than $20.

The NFL will also have a preseason game in Hawaii this year, and fans have complained that tickets for that game, the Cowboys against the Rams, are overpriced as well.

If fans in places like Winnipeg and Hawaii prove willing to pay more for preseason tickets, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the league put more preseason games in other markets, as the league once did routinely with preseason games overseas. Eventually, however, the low quality of preseason games seems destined to make fans everywhere realize that they’re simply not worth the price of admission.

66 responses to “Pricey tickets for Packers-Raiders preseason game in Winnipeg

  1. If the NFL is actually concerned about developing the next generation of fans they need to keep preseason affordable, These are the games that you take kids to because they’re cheaper and if they get bored you don’t really care about missing it. Constantly making as much money as possible ON EVERYTHING is going to alienate fans.

  2. What a complete and total ripoff! The NFL is screwing its fans over with these ridiculously-priced (and poorly played) exhibition games. However, I imagine the ripoff will continue as long as people are foolish enough to keep paying those exorbitant prices for lousy football, featuring players that will probably not even make the regular season team. What a scam!

  3. I’m more likely to attend a preseason game than a regular season one for the following reasons:

    1. Much more manageable crowd size/parking/hooplah to deal with.

    2. Drunken degenerate fans not yet in mid-season form.

    3. I don’t care about the outcome, so a low-key stadium experience is perfect. When I truly care about the outcome (regular and postseason), I’m watching from my couch in glorious high definition.

    4. Drastically leaa expensive tickets (unless you live in Winnipeg…)

    You have to be somewhat of a masochist to attend a regular season game these days.

  4. Not excessive – it’s to cover cost of snow-clearing, moose harpoons and placing meat dumps far from town to draw polar bears and the hungriest Canadian fans away from the stadium.

  5. Fans always have to pay regular season prices for preseason games. Just ask any season ticket holder that forced to buy them.

  6. Combined team wins in 2018 – ten. What kind of gimmicks will La Pew have to pull, to be able to tie the raiders. And all the school busloads of slow packer fans getting gouged by locals. What a train wreck.

  7. The Winnipeg game is a Raiders home pre-season game so they handle pricing.

    The Packers have among the best value face value ticket prices in the NFL. Pre-season Lambeau Field games are priced far cheaper than regular season games.

    End zone seats pre-season-$56

    South end zone, 700 level-$60

    End zone to 20 yard line- $63

    South end zone 600 level- $63

    Between the 20 yard lines- $72

    Talk to the Raiders if you have a problem with the game pricing. This is their home game.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  8. Capacity at IG Field in Winnipeg is only 33,134, but can be expanded to 40,000. The lower capacity drives the ticket price up.

  9. People complaining the NFL owners are ripping fans off.
    How so?
    They sell game tickets at the advertised price.
    They admit ticket holders to the game.
    They play the game.
    People get what they paid for.

    What’s the issue, how did they get ripped off?

    You just don’t like the poor quality of the preseason games.
    I don’t like them either.
    But it’s no big secret they are poor.

  10. britishraven says:

    June 11, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I don’t understand why anyone goes to watch preseason games
    ——–
    Truthfully there are some reasons but not many. Free tix is one. I’ve gotten free tix from work before so then it’s not bad. You drink before and you usually leave at half time. 2nd reason is to get your kids interested. Depending on the age they don’t care about name players their just excited to be there and depending on the attention span their probably ready to go by half time and so are you. Noe there are no good reasons that I can think of though to go to a preseason game at regular season prices.

  11. I actually very much look forward to pre-season games, but I am not just a casual clueless fan like THE ONE individual here who just spends his whole life rooting against one team and fan base that he is jealous of.

    I care about the roster and the depth of the team. I like to see the battles between position players and players fighting for spots on the 53. These are players that are the future foundation of your team. Many of these players that get more playing time in the pre-season are your starters during the season due to injury.

    Also, if there was a pre-season NFL game on tomorrow I will bet 99% of PFT readers would be watching. Lie if you must. I know the truth.

    We are all jonesing for some football. It’s ok. It’s a good thing.

    #WeWantFootball

  12. I find it odd how you list ticket prices in Winnipeg in dollars. As far as I know, the only valid currency in that town is Crystal Meth. You may be able to get someone to take some Oxy, but not guaranteed.

  13. What a great value eh? Get to pay top dollar to watch guys that won’t be on the team in a month.

  14. The original Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article is talking about ticket prices in the SECONDARY market, not the face value the NFL sold them at.

    HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TEAM OR THE NFL, as the re-sale market is not under their control.

  15. Biggest question, is that in US dollars or Canadian dollars?

    Second, yes the NFL is greedy and want to maximize profits, but it’s not like anyone on this board is any different. If you invented a product that cost you $5 to make, and you could sell your entire inventory by charging $25 per unit, would you only charge $10, just to be a good guy?

  16. bondlake says:
    June 11, 2019 at 10:18 am
    NO ONE is forcing anyone to buy anything.

    Ummmmm unless you are a season ticket holder and then YES you MUST purchase pre-season game tickets….. at the same price mind you

  17. Lots of complaints about how the NFL uses every opportunity to maximize revenue, isn’t that goal of every business? I hate the high prices that the NFL charges as much as anyone else does but at the same time you have to remember that the NFL is a business. Capitalism.

  18. The NFL, like other sports leagues, is just market based. They aren’t going to charge season ticket prices based on you really really wanting to go to the games. They aren’t going to make single game tickets “more affordable” because YOU think they aren’t affordable. If Winnipeg and Hawaii sell well they’ll keep having neutral preseason games at a higher price. If they dont sell well they’ll either not have neutral preseason games or make them cheaper. It’s what the market, not your emotions dictate.

  19. Blaming the NFL is misplaced.

    Packers face value on tickets for preseason run in the 50 – 60 range for preseason – it was easy to look up. That’s not unreasonable.

    This is not a case of the “greedy NFL owners” gouging fans. It’s a case of ticket re-sellers “gouging” fans.

  20. What is really a joke is the teams that charge their fans to watch training camp practice.

    I find that crossing the line. And I don’t care if only “premium seating” areas are charged for. It all should be free to your fan base for the training camp practices that you have open to the public.

  21. Jeez it’s amazing that fans will literally complain about anything. Folks are on here complaining about the price of a pre-season game in Winnipeg that not a single one of them would be attending anyway – same thing about Hawaii.

    They can charge the higher prices because there are people who will look at it like a vacation and if people would pay the higher prices, why wouldn’t the NFL get the highest price for those tickets?

    Next you’ll be complaining that the SB tickets are too expensive…oh wait.

  22. well thank God for the media or else we would never know about this incredible amazing situation would we

  23. Funny. No doubt that many of the people here who are talking about greed and price gouging would be the first ones to be horrified by a political candidate who talks about socialism. You cant have it both ways. This is exactly how a free market economy is designed to work.

  24. The Packers training camp practices are free.

    The Vikings charge 20 dollars. Who is “dumb” now?

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  25. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 11, 2019 at 11:45 am
    I read that Winnipeg is going to be doubling the price of its poutine in its restaurants for that weekend.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Aside from your misplaced fixation, the only place and time I’ve ever heard of poutine was last weekend at the Edina Art Festival.

    That’s in Minneapolis.

  26. I actually very much look forward to pre-season games, but I am not just a casual clueless fan like THE ONE individual here who just spends his whole life rooting against one team and fan base that he is jealous of.

    I care about the roster and the depth of the team. I like to see the battles between position players and players fighting for spots on the 53. These are players that are the future foundation of your team. Many of these players that get more playing time in the pre-season are your starters during the season due to injury.
    ____________________________________________

    “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

  27. business is business, until the fans force them to change, they won’t. It’s huge business for them. NO SALARIES, it’s a freebie. AN ENORMOUS freebie. We as fans say this every year, yet we line up like a bunch of fools every year, because it’s the first football we get. We have to change before they will.

  28. So many of you still blaming the NFL – maybe I should try this a different way:

    The NFL is not charging $112 or more for a ticket.

    The Packers are not charging $112 or more for a ticket.

    The Raiders are not charging $112 or more for a ticket.

    Any questions?

  29. What is really a joke is the teams that charge their fans to watch training camp practice.

    I find that crossing the line. And I don’t care if only “premium seating” areas are charged for. It all should be free to your fan base for the training camp practices that you have open to the public.

    I agree, but I would pay if it was a relatively small group of people, and afterwards the people get to go on the practice field mingle with all the players for half an hour. Limit number of items each fan can get autographs so the people who get tons of autographs just to sell them don’t keep other fans from getting autographs. It would have to be once a week, so it doesn’t disrupt the schedule the teams have. And tickets sold go to a charity designated by one of the fans by lottery.

  30. Sure, blame NFL but how many of those tickets are being sold on secondary market? I’m sure there are season ticket holders posting negative comments that utilize the strategy of selling some of their tickets to help offset their tickets costs. To folks in Hawaii and Winnepeg…welcome to the NFL and the world of capitalism.

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