Vikings face a tall ticket challenge

The Vikings have twice as many tickets remaining for their next home as they did days before the Broncos game. Their sellout streak, dating back to 1998, could be in jeopardy.

The Tim Tebow factor may have had a hand in the Vikings selling out last Sunday's game with the Broncos, but the 2-10 Vikings are facing a stiff challenge to maintaining their sellout streak, which currently sits at 142 games and extends back to 1998. The Vikings have two home games remaining and, as the saying goes, plenty of seats are still available.

As of Tuesday, the Vikings had 6,500 seats remaining for the Dec. 18 game with the Saints and 5,000 seats remaining for the Jan. 1 game with Chicago.

Over the last couple of seasons, the Vikings have faced similar issues with selling out games, after having a waiting list for season tickets in past years. The number of tickets available continues to grow and the sellout streak has been facing significant challenges.

The numbers heading into the Denver game didn't seem overly promising – 3,000 tickets remaining just days before the Thursday noon deadline and the potential that the Vikings would request an extension to the 72-hour sellout rule in place from the league. Instead, the remaining tickets sold out and no extension was needed.

This time, there are almost twice as many tickets that need to be sold. While the Saints may be a calling card to move some of the seats, the potential for a blackout has returned and, barring a big purchase for holiday gift giving, the Vikings could be facing the most legitimate threat to the sellout rule next week as there has been in years.

Under league rules, teams can purchase the remaining unpaid tickets at one-third their face value to assure a sellout. It is unclear whether the Vikings or FOX TV, the network carrying the game, will step up to purchase tickets if needed. While the Vikings have dodged sellout bullets in the past, rarely have there been this many tickets available.

While the deadline is still eight days away, the clock is ticking.


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    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.

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