Fooch's Note: The 49ers have set up moderately discounted hotel rates in Milwaukee and Chicago, and they're working on getting a shuttle set up from those hotels to Green Bay on game day.
The Green Bay Packers were a last minute addition to the playoffs as they had to beat the Chicago Bears in Week 17 to secure their spot. Their struggles without Aaron Rodgers put them in a tough spot, and it showed in playoff ticket sales. It's reached a point where we could see a nice little contingent of 49ers fans at Lambeau Field!
Season ticket holders were first approached about playoff tickets a month ago. They had a chance to buy tickets, but if they bought and the Packers did not make the playoffs, the ticket money would roll over to next year and they could not get it refunded this year. This is not entirely shocking, but it's a little different than what I saw when I worked for the Oakland A's. We would sell playoff strips and individual tickets to season ticket holders. If the A's did not make the playoffs, or when they did not advance to the World Series, the money would be rolled over to the next year's season tickets. However, season ticket holders could request a refund instead, in which case we would either refund the credit card, or cut a check back to them.
On Monday, 40,000 playoff tickets went on sale. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT, only season ticket holders with a password could purchase tickets. For each email on file, they could purchase up to four tickets. At 3 p.m. CT the remaining tickets were made available to the general public. If you went through Ticketmaster, you could only purchase a maximum of four tickets per order.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 13,000 tickets still available for sale. At that point, the Packers changed the rules so fans could purchase as many as 50 tickets per order. You can still get playoff tickets through Ticketmaster, but you can't find that maximum of 50 seats together anymore. I was able to find a group of ten tickets together, so I imagine if you still want to get tickets, you're more than welcome to. If you're within driving distance, it's worth picking up some tickets. If you are interested and want to fly out there, your best bet is to fly to Milwaukee or Chicago, and rent a car to drive to Green Bay.
It would be pretty sweet to see a large group of red in the stands at historic Lambeau Field. I imagine Packers fans will still be most of the seats, but there's still a chance to swing the home field just the slightest bit.