Packers' opener at Jaguars set to sell out

Ryan Wood
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GREEN BAY - There are 67,164 seats inside EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, and almost all of them are claimed one month before the Green Bay Packers open their 2016 regular season against the Jaguars.

The Jaguars announced Tuesday they have sold out of single-game tickets for their Sept. 11 opener against the Packers. It’s a rare sellout for Jacksonville, one of the NFL’s smallest markets. The Jaguars have struggled with television blackouts in their local market over the years, unable to fill their stadium.

There remains a “very limited inventory” of season-ticket packages, and the Jaguars announced they will add 150 standing-room-only tickets.

From a broader perspective, the sellout in Jacksonville shows why it could be unlikely for the Packers to be chosen for a London game.

President Mark Murphy has said he would like to see the Packers play in London as part of the NFL’s attempt to capture a global audience, but only if it’s one of the team’s eight road games. The Packers are not interested in relinquishing a home game to play in London.

Teams hosting the Packers are unwilling to send that game overseas. With how well Packers fans travel, doing so almost certainly would be throwing away a guaranteed sellout.

Just ask the Jaguars.

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