Vikings the land of 11,000 tickets remaining

The Vikings started the week with 20,000 tickets remaining for their first playoff game in eight years. They are down to 11,000 tickets and counting, hoping to beat an extended deadline to avoid a TV blackout.

Minnesota has become the land of 11,000 tickets, leaving a good helping of uncertainty if the Vikings' first home playoff game since 2000 will be blacked out on local television.

The Vikings started the week with 20,000 tickets remaining for their 3:30 p.m. Central game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Metrodome and had been making a push to sell out before a Thursday deadline 72 hours before kickoff. The Vikings have now received a 24-hour extension from the league until Friday afternoon.

"The league acknowledged that the holiday kind of made for an awkward week," said Steve LaCroix, Vikings vice president of sales and market.

The Viking were down to 14,000 tickets available on Tuesday, so their sales rate has decreased as the week has progressed, but LaCroix remains optimistic, saying they are "within striking distance."

"The week is exciting. It's the first home playoff game in eight years and we just want to make sure that the fans know there are seats available – whether you want an inexpensive entry point of $30, a nicer seat at $160 on the lower level, there's an opportunity," he said. "It's going to be fun on game day and truly the stadium can make a difference for the players on the field."

Tickets remain available throughout the different price points – $30 on the low end and $160 on the high end, but the $30 tickets are going quickest.

The Vikings have received corporate assistance this year to reach a sellout, but that was a matter of purchasing hundreds of tickets versus the thousands they are facing now. LaCroix said he isn't sure what the "tipping point" for corporate assistance will be in this case.

He does know that the Philadelphia area has started promoting the fact that plenty of good seats remain, encouraging Eagles fans to travel to Minnesota.

"They are promoting heavily in that market to come to Minnesota. We need to remind them that it was 8-below (zero) this morning. Maybe that will help keep them away," LaCroix said. "They're promoting ‘Come to Minnesota and turn the purple stadium green.' Obviously, we want to counter that and make it a homefield advantage."

LaCroix is hoping that fans who take advantage of the available playoff tickets will become prospective season ticket holders after experiencing a playoff atmosphere.

The last NFL playoff game to be blacked out was in Miami in 2002, according to LaCroix.

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