Stand­ing room only is part of mix at Lam­beau

Packer Plus - - NEWS - RICHARD RYMAN

– You can put stand­ing-room-only into the Lam­beau Field ticket mix this sea­son.

The Pack­ers for the last two sea­sons have made 300 SRO tick­ets avail­able for each game to those on the wait­ing list for sea­son tick­ets. Now those tick­ets are show­ing up on sec­ondary mar­ket sites, where the gen­eral pub­lic has ac­cess to them.

SRO tick­ets gen­er­ally are cheaper be­cause, well, they don’t have seats. But they still are be­ing of­fered for re­sale for more than face value of $100. The cheap­est SROs for the Seat­tle Sea­hawks, Cincin­nati Ben­gals and Chicago Bears games are $119, $141 and $117. The most op­ti­mistic re-sell­ers want more than $200 for the Ben­gals game.

The Pack­ers tested stand­ing room only in the 400 and 600 sec­tions of the south end zone, but even­tu­ally set­tled on the 400 level, be­hind the group­sales sec­tion.

“We have pa­trons there that change from game to game and don’t es­tab­lish reg­u­lar pat­terns,” said Aaron Pop­key, Pack­ers direc­tor of pub­lic af­fairs. “Be­hind the 600 sec­tion, where we have reg­u­lar sea­son-ticket hold­ers who de­velop a pat­tern, we de­ter­mined it would be best not to do stand­ing room.”

T icket prices fall­ing

Ticket prices have grad­u­ally fallen as the start of the sea­son draws near.

At SeatGeek, the me­dian price of tick­ets for Sun­day’s sea­son opener against the Sea­hawks has dropped 15 per­cent dur­ing the past month. Tick­ets for the Ben­gals game on Sept. 24 are 2 per­cent lower, and tick­ets for the Sept. 28 Bears game are down 1 per­cent.

The At­lanta game is an ex­cep­tion to the rule. The me­dian price for the Sept. 17 game rose 18 per­cent over the past four weeks.

“That game is fairly unique,” said Chris Ley­den of SeatGeek. “It is the first reg­u­lar-sea­son game in the new (Mercedes- Benz Sta­dium), it is the first home game since win­ning the NFC cham­pi­onship last year (also against the Pack­ers), and it is against one of the best road-draw­ing teams in the NFL.”

The Thurs­day night game against the Chicago Bears is the best earl­y­sea­son value, said Ju­lia Litz of VividSeats. VividSeats has the me­dian price at $315 and the min­i­mum at $130.

At VividSeats, the At­lanta game is the most ex­pen­sive in the first quar­ter of the sea­son, with a me­dian ticket price of $494.

“That’s a lot more than any of the me­dian ticket prices for games at Lam­beau Field,” Litz said.

It is the sec­ond mos­t­ex­pen­sive game after Cincin­nati. The low­est av­er­age seat price for that game is $215.

The Ben­gals are not one of the best teams on the Pack­ers’ sched­ule. How­ever, the 3:25 p.m. Gold Pack­age game hits a fan sweet spot, said Den­nis Gar­rity of Event USA in Ash­waubenon.

“Peo­ple re­ally love Sun­day af­ter­noon games in September and Oc­to­ber,” Gar­rity said when the sched­ule was re­leased in April.

T icket prices at a glance

We sur­veyed tick­ets at seven sec­ondary-mar­ket web­sites, in­clud­ing SeatGeek, VividSeats, StubHub, tick­etiQ, NFL Ticket Ex­change, Event USA and Title­town Ticket and Tours. The fol­low­ing is a sum­mary of the seven sites:

AN­GELA PETER­SON

Jeff Roznowski holds past and cur­rent Pack­ers tick­ets at his Wauwatosa home. Tick­ets for seats and stand­ing-room-only at Lam­beau are avail­able on sec­ondary mar­ket sites.

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