GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Football fans are saving big bucks to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Detroit Lions Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Resale tickets for the game, which kicks off at 7:15 p.m Monday, cost about a third as much as other home games. Tickets are currently selling for as low as $50 a ticket.
Bill Wenzel, Green Bay Ticket Service president, said late weekday games can be tough for both area and out of state fans.
“Local fans don’t like Monday night games, because they last too late and people don’t like to have to get up and go to work," Wenzel said. "Companies like ours sell most of our tickets to people that travel from out of town. They don’t like Monday night games, because basically they have to take two days off of work to attend a Packers game, whereas if they come in for a Sunday noon game, some of them can get out of town, and the ones who can’t take one day off of work.”
Wenzel said Green Bay Ticket Service sold a pair of endzone seats right below Row 20 at $70 each for Monday night's game. He said the same tickets for a Packers versus Steelers game at Lambeau would typically run about $300 a piece.
“If you look at the fact we’re playing the Lions, I mean, they just don’t have a strong traveling fan base. So that doesn’t help," Wenzel said. "That just goes to show you the value of having a fan base that travels, but also playing a game at noon or 3 O’clock versus 7:20 at night."
In the 30 years he's been in business, Wenzel said he's never seen a strong night game.
Dan Slade took his mom, Phyllis, to the Packers game tonight to celebrate her 80th birthday. Happy birthday Phyllis! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/Kt0eCw9Gqi— Kelsey Dickeson (@KelseyDickeson) September 20, 2021
Hundreds of fans still showed up at Lambeau Monday afternoon to support their team.
Amy Weum traveled from Minnesota to watch the game with her son, Tyler, as a birthday celebration. Weum grew up in Green Bay right down the street from Lambeau Field. Monday night's home game was her son's first time at Lambeau.
"I would say after the game the Packers played last Sunday, this was the time to come," Weum said. "We were able to get hotel rooms, and able to get cheap tickets and no better time than today to go see the Packers on Monday night football."
Wenzel also said some usual customers are selling more tickets than normal due to the pandemic. He said this season may not be tough when it comes to resale tickets, due to several Sunday night games and one on Christmas.