Packers are still in high demand
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.