Thursday night there were still thousands of tickets left for the playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts and the NFL was threatening a blackout for Indiana. Chiefs fans said they'd love to go, but the tickets are a little steep.
Those numbers quickly changed in less than 24 hours, helping avoid a local television blackout. Colts corporate partner Meijer purchased 1,200 tickets for Saturday's game and is donating them to local military families through four organizations that include the Indiana National Guard and Wish For Our Heroes. The Grand Rapids, MI,-based retailer's purchase made the game an official sellout about 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Some Chiefs fans said they are staying home because of the high mark-up on tickets for the big game. One broker acknowledges there has been a bump in price, but there are deals out there if you still want to head out to Indy.
"The face value on the tickets normally would be like $25 to $100. Now the face value on these tickets are going for $66 to $350," said Hal Wagner with Ace Sports and Tickets.
He said it isn't unusual for a game this high profile.
Many fans have called into sports radio complaining about the prices. Wagner says not all the tickets are that expensive and fans really want to go to the game, they won't have to pay as much.
"We're selling tickets for under $100. They may be sitting in the upper level, but the stadium is smaller than Arrowhead," he said.
Just a year ago, the Chiefs were 2-14, but a new coach, a new quarterback and a new moxy has the team primed for the playoffs.
The match-up between the two teams is making headlines in both Kansas City and Indianapolis, and now Chiefs players say they are looking ahead to the intimidating stadium that is the Lucas Oil Stadium.
"It's wild. It's going to be wild. They have great fans out there, so it's going to be a challenge for us," said Chiefs DL Mike DeVito. "It's a really loud place, loud stadium. Even during the regular season it's loud."
The stadium holds more than 62,000 and has a retractable roof.
The visiting Chiefs returned nearly 300 tickets that remain for sale through normal channels: Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone (800-745-3000).
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