Looking Ahead to Saturday
GREEN BAY, WI – Fans are not the only ones excited for another chance at the Vikings. Hotels, restaurants, and ticket-sellers are preparing for the home play-off game that brings in millions to the Green Bay economy.
“There's just a lot of action on the selling and the buying we're kind of in a mad scramble,” said Jim Bryce, a partner a Ticket King in Green Bay.
Bryce said since Sunday night, people have been calling almost non-stop. Tickets for the game are starting out around $175, but seats should be available throughout the rest of the week. They said the New Year’s holiday sets them back, but business will really take off Wednesday when everyone returns to work.
“There might be a lot of people that say, let's just go. If we don't get in, we'll make it a party,” said Bryce.
A party is right, because everything, bars, restaurants and even gas stations are going to feel the effects from the game.
“There really isn't anyone who is not touched by a Packers game,” said Brenda Krainik, Director of Marketing with the Greater Green Bay Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Krainik said a home game brings in nearly $8.2 million into the economy.
Hotels like Cambria Suites benefit from an extra home playoff game. The general manager said they will likely be completely booked.
"Probably Wednesday would be the big push," said Craig Bleier, the General Manager.
The game is a big help to them as January is always a slow month. As of 11:00 a.m., they have 25 reservations.
"Get your reservations in and get set and here we go,” said Bleier.
The Greater Green Bay Visitor and Convention Bureau said there are hotels still available, but that would likely change toward the end of the week.