Single-game tickets come with a twist

The Vikings will put single-game tickets on sale Monday, but two games are being held back for season-tickets holders only, at least for now. E-Bay users are already trying to take advantage of the move.

Most Vikings fans know that Monday is when single-game tickets for the 2009 season will go on sale, but if you're looking for tickets to the Packers or Bears games, you won't be able to find them Monday.

The Vikings announced Thursday that tickets for those two games will be held back and offered first to those who plan to buy season tickets. In previous years, if you wanted to buy tickets for those games, you had to purchase a preseason game ticket as well. This time around, if you want tickets for the Green Bay or Chicago games on Monday, they will have to be part of a season ticket package.

The Vikings claim the process of renewing season ticket packages has taken longer and they are working through those before they will be available for single-game purchases.

It has become clear that if Brett Favre joins the Vikings, the Monday night game vs. Green Bay Oct. 5 will be one of the most sought-after tickets in recent memory. Many believe the same will be true for the Chicago game Nov. 29.

There is a common belief that fans will be able to pay off roughly half of their season ticket package simply by selling their tickets to the Packers game.

A look at the auction site e-Bay on Thursday night showed that many fans are already trying to move their tickets. One optimistic fan is offering two tickets for $4,886 – and the seller is gracious enough to offer free shipping. Even upper-deck tickets are being offered at anywhere from $448.50 to $897 for a pair of seats. Of the 94 items that were listed under the heading "Vikings Packers tickets," many are asking well in excess of $1,000 for a pair of tickets.

Perhaps the Vikings' line of thinking makes sense. If the scalpers are going to make a ton of money off the Packers game, why shouldn't the organization? It's one way to move Lions tickets.


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