GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers playoff tickets are available and, relatively speaking, affordable.
The Packers (10-6) host the New York Giants (11-5) at 3:40 p.m. Sunday at Lambeau Field in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. Green Bay defeated the Giants in the regular season, 23-17 on Oct. 9 at Lambeau Field.
The Packers said 2,500 tickets remained late Tuesday after starting the day with 3,000. About 5,000 were sold Monday after the Packers defeated the Lions 31-24 Sunday in Detroit to win the NFC North. Tickets are available online only from Ticketmaster. Prices range from $118 to $145. Those prices are set by the NFL.
The Packers said Monday they expect the game to sell out, avoiding a local television market blackout.
Tickets also are available from re-sellers, such as NFL Ticket Exchange, the league's official secondary-market vendor, EventUSA in Ashwaubenon, SeatGeek, Vivid Seats, StubHub and others. The lowest price Tuesday, not including fees, was $112. The lowest price Monday was $129.
"Prices are slowly starting to come down, which is expected in such a tight timeline," said Chris Leyden of SeatGeek. "The median listing price dropped 9 percent in the past 48 hours."
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Vivid Seats pegged the median ticket price for the Packers-Giants game at $226. The most in-demand game was Detroit at Seattle, with a median price of $391. The Miami-Pittsburgh median price was $271 and Houston-Oakland $218.
"It seems as though a Packers home playoff game is actually less expensive than the typical Packers regular-season home game. Right now, the only game with a lower average resale price was the Christmas Eve matchup with the Vikings," Leyden said. "I imagine there are two main reasons for this: the weather and the shortened buying/selling window."
Jerry Scott of Sheboygan was surprised to read in Tuesday's newspaper that tickets were available. He got three in the north end zone. It's the first chance for the Packers shareholder to see a game a Lambeau since moving back to Wisconsin four years ago.
Scott is not concerned about a forecast that calls for temperatures at 20 degrees or less.
"I'll be bringing my two children who live in Green Bay and we are all Polar Bear members," he said. "Cold doesn't bother us much."
Giants fans are buying tickets, too. Leyden said 9 percent of SeatGeek shoppers have New York addresses and 7 percent are from New Jersey.
"So there are certainly at least some Giants fans thinking about making the trip," he said.
Giants fans are known to travel well, said Jess Miller, owner of three Green Bay area bar/restaurants, including The Bar one block from Lambeau Field. This will be New York's fifth trip and third playoff game at Lambeau since January 2008.