Vikings make playoffs and no one wants to cheer them on

The Minnesota Vikings finally grabbed a spot in the NFL playoffs, their first shot at an actually half-decent season since 2004, and still the Vikings are begging fans to show up. Seriously?

This morning, the Vikings announced that there were 20,000 tickets still available for Sunday's 3:30 p.m. playoff game against the Eagles. Prices range from $30 to $160.

Filling those seats will be a "big challenge,"

according to the Star Tribune


"We really ask the fans to come out," Wilf said. "I know this is the first home playoff game we've had in some time and it came quite suddenly. We're asking the fans to really come out and support us. They're as important as anyone, especially in the Metrodome. We need their help. I think we'll be able to do it again. We ask everyone to come out and enjoy this is because it's tough to get to where we're at. We're very happy for the fans to have the opportunity to come to the Metrodome and support our team in the playoffs."

Said LaCroix: "Obviously a big challenge ahead for us on the business side but we're very positive the level of activity at the ticket office and really the reaction amongst our fan base now that we have secured our playoff spot. There has been a lot of activity today. We think we can get there. It's going to be a big challenge ahead and as coach has alluded to and a lot of players alluded to, it's so important to keep that full crowd at the Metrodome and really use our facility to an advantage from a home-field standpoint."

(Precedent for selling 20,000 tickets?) "It's doable. It's a lot of work obviously and we're up to the challenge. Again, we're positive about it. I'm not quite sure where the other three cities, San Diego, Miami and Arizona, where they stand on ticket sales. But I do believe they have some of the same challenges. But I can't speak exact numbers in those markets."

The most interesting statistic: Only 55 percent of season ticket holders bought playoff tickets. Isn't the whole point of following a sports team that closely to watch them actually succeed? We always thought Minnesotans were total fair weather fans, but maybe they are just really cheap/poor.

People interested in getting tickets can go through Ticketmaster online or call 651-989-5151 or 800-745-3000.

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