Bruce Arians doesn't want Packers fan takeover

Andrew Joseph
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Green Bay Packers fans cheer against the Arizona Cardinals in the 2010 NFC wild card playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona defeated Green Bay 51-45.

The Cardinals close out the regular season with a pair of crucial home games against the Packers and Seahawks, but the home-field advantage could leave something to be desired.

Head coach Bruce Arians sounded off on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's Bickley and Marotta about the large contingent of Vikings fans in attendance for Arizona's Week 14 win at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“It’s going to take a little more time to stop seeing waves and just complete sections of the visiting team where you normally see Cardinal fans,” Arians said. “I don’t give a (s--t) how much you get for your tickets, it ain’t worth it.”

You can listen to that interview here.

Which brings us to the Dec. 27 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. The expectation is that the crowd will resemble Lambeau West.

According to ticket resale aggregator SeatGeek, Wisconsin residents have made up 8 percent of the game's ticket purchases. The Packers have a huge following, which obviously isn't limited to Wisconsin. In the Cardinals' recent home game against the Vikings, 6 percent of the buyers came from California. So far, 25 percent of the Packers game's buyers are from California -- nearly all in the Los Angeles area.

Arizona residents have made up for 39 percent of the purchases.

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As the Cardinals keep winning, the prices of tickets on the secondary market keep soaring. And the prospect of paying for season tickets in a single resale can be tempting to some fans.

The game against the Packers is by far the most expensive game of the season. With an average resale price of price of $309, it is the priciest Cardinals home game on the secondary market since 2010 -- the last time the Packers came to town. As of Tuesday, the cheapest list price was $347 per ticket. The median listing price had increased from $348, at the start of the season, to $577.

It's understandably tough to turn down that resale value, but Arians has every right to be upset. His team deserves the support, but he shouldn't be surprised to see a lot of green and gold in the crowd.

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