Pack­ers are still in high de­mand

Packer Plus - - News - Richard Ry­man Green Bay Press-Gazette

Green Bay — If you won­der why the Green Bay Pack­ers have yet to play in Lon­don, or why se­condary-mar­ket ticket prices seem high, it's be­cause the Pack­ers are the sec­ond-most in-de­mand team in the NFL.

StubHub, an on­line ticket re­seller, said it sees an in­crease of nearly 200 per­cent in ticket sales over the av­er­age NFL game when the Pack­ers are the vis­it­ing team. That was one con­clu­sion of StubHub's re­cently re­leased 2018 NFL pre­view.

StubHub said the most in-de­mand sea­son-open­ing game is the Dal­las Cow­boys at Carolina Pan­thers. For the fifth con­sec­u­tive year, the Cow­boys are the most in-de­mand team, in­creas­ing sales by 300 per- cent when they are the vis­it­ing team.

De­mand for the 197th meet­ing of the Pack­ers and Chicago Bears on Sept. 9 at Lam­beau Field also was strong. The Bears game out­sells the sec­ond top-sell­ing Pack­ers game, against the Vik­ings in Week 2, by 10 per­cent.

That said, the Vik­ings game re­mains more ex­pen­sive than the Bears game. The av­er­age lowest get-in price for the Vik­ings game is $299, and for the Bears game it's $198, based on a sur­vey of eight sec­ondary­mar­ket sites.

The StubHub anal­y­sis also found the Pack­ers play in four of the top 10 match-ups head­ing into the sea­son, the most of any team.

Green Bay doesn't get in­vited to play in Lon­don be­cause teams on the Pack­ers' sched­ule don't want to give up a home game when they can count on Green Bay fans to help fill their sta­di­ums, ac­cord­ing to Pack­ers Pres­i­dent and CEO Mark Mur­phy.

StubHub said de­mand for the NFL Lon­don se­ries is up 40 per­cent from last year and up 333 per­cent over the last five years.

Mean­while, closer to home, ticket prices for the first five games of the sea­son are hold­ing steady, with slight fluc­tu­a­tions. The first two games of the sea­son, against Chicago and Min­nesota at Lam­beau Field, re­main the Pack­ers' fourth and sec­ond high­est-cost games of the year.

Chicago is Green Bay's old­est tra­di­tional ri­val and it is the first game of the Pack­ers' 100th year of foot­ball. The Vik­ings are the Pack­ers' top chal­lenger for NFC North dom­i­nance.

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