But the Vikings are warning fans that the hottest ticket in town may be a hot ticket.
In a statement Monday, the Vikings reminded fans that counterfeiters are looking to make a fast buck at the expense of duped fans. They are capable of creating fake tickets that seem like the real ones, until the fan who buys the ticket tries to get into the stadium. The majority of fake tickets are sold over the Internet and by unscrupulous scalpers that prey on the unsuspecting outside the stadium on game day.
The Vikings warn that anyone who buys a counterfeit ticket wouldn't be allowed to enter the stadium if their ticket doesn't pass the scanner test for authentic tickets and could potentially be arrested.
The Vikings cautioned that the only way to guarantee tickets are authentic are to buy them from the Vikings Ticket Office, Ticketmaster and the NFL Ticket Exchange.
Anyone who has looked at the price of tickets at reputable sales websites like StubHub! have made a painful discovery. If you want to sit up in the nosebleed seats hugging one of the posts that holds the building together, you'll likely have to drop $300 a ticket. If you want to be in the lower bowl, be prepared to drop $700. If you want a good seat near midfield, be prepared to drop $1,000 a pop.
The Ticket Exchange has more reasonable prices. You can get nosebleed seats for as "little" as $200, but someone in the 14th row of section 224 wants $10,000 for seats 9-10 (look for the people sitting there during the game).
The Vikings are reminding fans of some tell-tale signs of counterfeit tickets. The team's website lists ticket prices on the stadium map and those must match up. They also have ticket number in sequential order – a number that is printed three times in red ink. Also, very few tickets are sold on Ticketmaster stock. If you are buying tickets on the street with Ticketmaster stock, they are likely to be fakes.
There is no doubt that several Minnesotans and Wisconsinites are going to have tickets to Sunday's game in their Christmas stockings today. The majority of them will be legitimate, but be forewarned – a sound business transaction rarely begins with the phrase, "Pssst, hey buddy." There's another phrase that goes, "There's a sucker born every minute." There's still another phrase that says, "Don't be the guy" (circa Brad Childress). If you follow all three of those mantras, enjoy the game Sunday – or else you may be subject to yet another phrase, "A fool and his money are soon parted."
Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.