All tickets have been sold to the Green Bay Packers playoff game at Lambeau Field against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, the Packers announced Friday morning.
The NFL on Thursday gave the team an extra day to sell 3,000 remaining tickets and avoid a blackout in the television markets of Green Bay, the Fox Cities, Milwaukee and Wausau. The potential TV blackout would not have affected western Wisconsin.
In addition to fan sales, a group of Packers corporate partners, led by Green Bay-based Associated Bank, purchased the remaining available tickets Friday to ensure a sellout and TV broadcast of the game throughout Wisconsin. Other corporate partners with a strong Wisconsin presence that purchased tickets are FOX TV affiliates WITI (Milwaukee), WLUK (Green Bay) and WFXS (Wausau); Mills Fleet Farm and Bellin Health.
“We’re very thankful to Packers fans, and our partners led by Associated Bank, for ensuring Sunday’s game will be sold out,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “A unique season and other factors contributed to having tickets available, but with the support of our fans and partners, we’re looking forward to a great atmosphere Sunday at Lambeau Field for the playoff game against the 49ers. We also know fans around the state will be able to enjoy the telecast.”
With a long waiting list for season tickets, not selling out a playoff game is an unusual scenario for the Packers. The last time a Packers home game didn't sell out was in January 1983 when they hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a first-round playoff game in a strike-shortened season.
The Green Bay Packers received an extension from the NFL to sell all non-premium tickets and avoid a TV blackout.
The new deadline is now Friday, January 3 at 4 p.m. If enough tickets aren't sold, there will be a blackout in local TV markets, including Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Wausau.
La Crosse and western Wisconsin is not affected.
About 3,000 tickets were still available for Sunday's NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers as of Thursday afternoon.
With a long waiting list for season tickets, not selling out a playoff game is an unusual scenario for the Green Bay Packers. The last time a Packers home game didn't sell out was in January 1983 when they hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a first-round playoff game in a strike-shortened season.