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Packers playoff tickets in demand

Brokers: Sellers active for Giants matchup Sunday

Jan. 10, 2012
 

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Ticket demand for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field is on par with a strong regular season game, but Monday's market had more sellers than buyers, according to local ticket brokers.

Ticket agencies were inundated with business Monday for the Green Bay Packers-New York Giants matchup, but prices could drop if the prevalence of sellers continues, according to Josh Anderson, manager of Ticket King in Green Bay.

Ticket King's cheapest seat for the 3:30 p.m. game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay was going for $194.

"It would probably be more expensive if there wasn't so many sellers," Anderson said. "If there continues to be as many sellers as there are, the price will definitely go down."

The story was similar at Titletown Tickets, where seats start at $200.

"We're swamped with people selling us tickets," owner Bill Wenzel said. "But we are definitely seeing increased demand for tickets also."

It's typical to have more sellers early in the week of a game and more buyers later in the week, according to Wenzel, who added that the Giants likely stirred more interest than other matchups.

"I think that the Giants will make it the most interesting game, and probably seats will be higher than had Atlanta (Falcons) or Detroit (Lions) ended up coming here," Wenzel said.

At Event USA in Ashwaubenon, President Dennis Garrity said the market was fluctuating but that they had a strong flow of both buyers and sellers.

"It's a very active, dynamic market at this point," Garrity said. "There's a lot of interest in the game, and that comes from not only Green Bay Packers fans but also fans on the East Coast."

Tickets are starting at upward of $180 at Event USA, Garrity said.

He suspected the high volume of sellers Monday doesn't reflect lack of interest in the game so much as ticket holders who planned on selling their seats to make a profit regardless of the matchup.

"I don't think the motivation to sell tickets is based on this team coming in. I think there's a fair amount of people that purchased tickets with the intent of selling them, to be blunt," Garrity said.

More than 3,000 tickets were available at online ticket vendor StubHub, starting at $175, not including service fees.

awmorrell@greenbaypressgazette.com

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