This unusual occurrence put the team in fact-finding mode.
According to ESPN.com, the Packers sent out surveys to fans on Tuesday seeking to discover why they didn’t purchase playoff tickets. There were a reported 40,000 tickets left to sell prior to the game, much of which were bought out by local sponsors and TV stations scrambling to avoid a blackout.
The surveys were sent to both season-ticket holders and the 100,000 people parked on the club’s waiting list, asking why they opted not to make the leap to Lambeau.
To answer that all-important question, choices included cost of tickets, playoff fatigue, quality of TV broadcast and the weather forecast. You may recall that the temperature dipped well below zero during the game, which the Packers lost 23-20.
It’s unclear what exactly “playoff fatigue” is, but you can probably cross that off the list. Packers fans are as diehard as they come and surely aren’t a bunch to get spoiled by success.
The rest of the choices, however, make the most sense. Ticket prices are higher than ever, and season-ticket holders were required to pay up front. It was simply much cheaper — not to mention warmer — for Cheeseheads to sit in front of their big screens, with fuller wallets and the end result the same.
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