Titans tweak ticket transfer rules, in hopes of keeping Bengals fans out

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The Titans hope to enhance their home-field advantage on Saturday by removing the “Welcome” mat from the entrance to Nissan Stadium.

Via NewsChannel5.com, the Titans have adjusted the transfer window for tickets to home playoff games, in an effort to prevent fans of the opposing team from buying them. Specifically, the Titans are preventing transfers until 24 hours before kickoff.

Thus, no sales can be made until 24 hours before kickoff. For this weekend’s game against the Bengals, that 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

“By limiting that transfer time would limit some of the resale and some of that transfer activity that would happen in advance,” Brooke Ellenberger, Titans V.P. of ticketing, told NewsChannel5.com.

“We want Nissan Stadium to be two tone blue. And so by limiting this transfer window, it also limits the number of visiting team fans that we’ll have in the stadium.”

This could backfire. Cincinnati isn’t very far from Nashville. Some Bengals fans who had been on the fence about making the trip may become more determined to show up, like when Frank and Estelle Costanza believed they were being frozen out of Del Boca Vista.

Secondary, non-official sites can still be used to buy and sell tickets, regardless of any deadlines the Titans apply on their official online marketplace. Eventually, don’t be surprised if the NFL incorporates blockchain technology to give the league and the team exclusive control over all ticket transactions, not only giving them a cut every time a transfer is made but also allowing various conditions (like a no-transfer rule) to be fully enforced.

33 responses to “Titans tweak ticket transfer rules, in hopes of keeping Bengals fans out

  1. Back in the day, the San Diego Chargers used to force single ticket buyers to purchase a three-game ticket package in order to see the Raiders regular season game. Nice idea, but it failed miserably. Black-out!

  2. You want people to stop buying tickets? This is how you get people to stop buying tickets. If people can’t transfer, sell, etc. tickets they paid a lot of money for, particularly far in advance, people aren’t going to assume the risk. It’s already a pain in the ass to find people to TAKE free tickets at the last minute many times. The blockchain idea in particular will kill a lot of incentive in buying tickets. Especially when it’s just usually much better to watch on TV anyway. That would be just like the NFL to kill their golden goose by getting too greedy and controlling.

  3. If the fan paid for the ticket, then the fan should be able to sell it if they want to do so. Talk about Big Brother!

    It’s not as if the NFL doesn’t jump make at every cash opportunity by sticking it to the fans and their communities.

  4. The Titans (and all teams) have out of town fans that travel to their homes games as well. Seems petty. Either you can transfer your tickets or you can’t.

  5. I have no problem with people that already possessing the tickets to try to NOT sell them to opposing fans but the Titans themselves is insanely childish.

  6. Truly love all the weirdos in the comments complaining about this as if this matters, and as if there aren’t a million restrictions tied to your use of any major sporting event. If the Bengals want control over ticketing, they’re free to earn the #1 next year.

    Although it’s easy to understand why Bengals fans would have so much pent-up demand and excitement since this is just their 8th playoff appearance since before the Gulf War.

  7. Cowboys fans sold out last week as their stadium was full of red and gold. Tennessee doesn’t want their “home” game to be orange. My guess is it’s too late.

  8. Hilarious that they are worried about Bengals fans taking over their stadium. Doesnt say much about their own fanbase. They are the #1 team in the AFC and they are acting like a wild card team.

  9. i’d expect nothing less when it comes to two teams that haven’t been to the playoffs in decades.

  10. If they are resorting to this petty kind of thing to gain an edge, I hope that the Bengals pull the upset.

  11. So soft. Must be a Nashville thing. The Predators would do a similar thing to keep Chicago fans out of their arena.

  12. Bengals fans don’t even show up to their own stadium, so I’m not sure that the Titans have anything to worry about.

  13. Too bad. Stay home. I’ll be at the game with my tickets. The Bills or Chefs will be coming to Music City for the AFCCG.

  14. First off, worry about filling your own stadium w your own fans and youd have nothing to worry about. Second off to the guy saying Bengals fans coming out of the woodwork? We have always been here but now we got your attention because we are good and you have to change your ticket policy because your team is afraid of some fans from Cincinnati. Thats a losers mentality and def not one for a team supposed to be the number 1 seed. Because of this policy me and 8 of my buddies decided to ride down and make you madder.

  15. This is illogical …if you are Bengals fan your heading to the game anyway…..your just going to buy your tickets online from your cellphone. It’s sorta like getting you plane seat assignments on the computer the night before your trip.

  16. Reno Hightower says:
    January 21, 2022 at 1:39 pm
    First off, worry about filling your own stadium w your own fans and youd have nothing to worry about. Second off to the guy saying Bengals fans coming out of the woodwork? We have always been here but now we got your attention because we are good and you have to change your ticket policy because your team is afraid of some fans from Cincinnati. Thats a losers mentality and def not one for a team supposed to be the number 1 seed. Because of this policy me and 8 of my buddies decided to ride down and make you madder.

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    “I’m a Bengals fan but not a big enough fan to have cared about going to this game until I saw this PFT article. Now I’m going to spend an entire weekend driving 2 carloads of morons to Nashville to see my team get shredded by the #1 seed.”

  17. In addition; all Beer & Hot Dogs 1/2 Priced for those wearing Titan colors. Mandatory Dress code rule: No one in Orange allowed on lower levels. Those in Orange will be required to trade with properly attired fans in the cheap seats.

    That should help.

  18. amaf22 says:
    January 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm
    i’d expect nothing less when it comes to two teams that haven’t been to the playoffs in decades.
    ——————–
    The Titans’ last playoff appearance was in 2020. Their last playoff win was in 2019 (they even made it to the AFC Championship Game!)

    Prior to the Bengals Wild Card win last week, their last playoff appearance was in 2015, capping a run of consecutive appearances starting in 2011.

    Yes, prior to last week, the Bengals hadn’t won a playoff game in 3 decades (a decade is 10 years, just FYI), but both teams have made multiple appearances in the last 1 decade.

  19. I have no problem with this and I, in fact, applaud them for doing whatever they can to give their team the best chance to win. It’s called “home field advantage”, folks. Of course, it just might backfire in the end.

  20. >>Eventually, don’t be surprised if the NFL incorporates blockchain technology to give the league and the team exclusive control over all ticket transactions, not only giving them a cut every time a transfer is made but also allowing various conditions (like a no-transfer rule) to be fully enforced.

    Would this run afoul of interstate commerce and end up in court?

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