The NFL has started to allow varying ticket prices like other leagues do – Twins fans pay more to see the Yankees, even though they’re not an elite team this year. At first, teams were allowed to require the purchase of preseason tickets in order to purchase one for a premium game. The Vikings have implemented the option of conducting regular-season package deals to allow fans preferred access to premium attractions against Green Bay and New England.
The Vikings have employed similar approaches in the past, requiring that fans purchasing tickets for the Green Bay game, which has a significant secondary market resale value, also purchase tickets for a preseason game, which were inexplicably the same price for many years as a regular season game. While the Vikings aren’t using that tactic this time around, there is still a “buy two to get the one you really want” policy in place.
For fans buying tickets when they go on sale today, if they want a ticket to the Nov. 23 game against the Packers, they have to buy a ticket for the Sept. 28 game vs. Atlanta. Similarly, if you want to buy a ticket for the Sept. 14 New England game, you must also purchase a ticket to the Dec. 7 game vs. the Jets.
Given the short-term novelty of playing outdoors, selling tickets for the 20 games (not counting potential playoff games) likely won’t be a difficult proposition. In fact, it may be more difficult to get one for face value.
There are some who will balk at the notion of requiring fans to buy two tickets to get the one they covet, but they could get away with requiring the purchase of a preseason ticket. Now they’re offering two legitimate games that count and, depending on how the Falcons and Jets fare in 2014, may end up getting two good games (for the price of two).
Single-game tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. local time at the Vikings Ticket Office, located at 1010 Seventh Street South, Suite 500 in Minneapolis. All tickets must be purchased with cash or credit card only. No personal checks are accepted.
At 10 a.m., tickets will be made available on Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or in person at Ticketmaster outlets – including those in Walmart locations.
The range of ticket prices is $35 to $161 for the four single-game packages. The two-game packages range from $146 to $311.
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.