Packaging the Pack

The Vikings' single-game ticket sales start on July 9, but a ticket to the Packers game will require the purchase of a preseason game as well.

The Vikings will begin selling single-game tickets July 9, but if you want to see the Packers, you're still going to have to double-up.

For the last few years, the Vikings have had a policy that in order to buy a ticket for the regular-season game with the Packers, one also has to buy a preseason ticket for the Aug. 8 game against Seattle.

Last year, such a ticket purchase plan included the Chicago Bears. If fans wanted to buy a single-game ticket for the Bears game, they also had to buy a preseason ticket. That portion of the mini-pack ticket plan has been scrapped.

Last year, the Vikings had their decade-long streak of consecutive sellouts threatened and, thanks to the games being spread out against different opponents on different networks, three affiliate stations (representing CBS, NBC and FOX) had to team up with corporate sponsors to buy up the remaining tickets to prevent a television blackout. The Vikings have sold out every game at the Metrodome since the preseason of 1998, which coincided with the arrival of Randy Moss. It is hoped that the energy surrounding the development of Adrian Peterson and the arrival of game-changing free agents Jared Allen, Bernard Berrian and Madieu Williams will help continue the sellout streak and not require any future corporate/television station buyouts.

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 9 at the Metrodome ticket booth located at Gate B outside the dome. Cash or credit cards will be accepted as payment, but not personal checks. One hour after the ticket booth opens, remaining tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster.


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