Colts Get Extra 24 Hours
January 2, 2014 – The Indianapolis Colts were given an additional 24 hours by the NFL to sell their remaining playoff tickets and avoid a television blackout for Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Colts have about 3,000 tickets remaining and must sell them by 4:30 p.m. Friday.
NFL rules require teams to sell out games at least 72 hours prior to kickoff to ensure that the game can be shown on local television (defined as markets within 75 miles). This is the second time the NFL has extended the deadline. The Colts host the Chiefs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts have sold out 103 straight games, including the playoffs. In past seasons, teams and local television stations have ensured sellouts by buying and distributing remaining tickets.
WTHR general manager Larry Delia told IndyStar columnist Bob Kravitz that the station would consider buying some leftover tickets if it makes financial sense.
Unlike the regular season when teams can sell the tickets at 34 cents on the dollar to ensure there is no blackout, they must be sold at full price in the playoffs.
The Colts’ median ticket price is $146, only the Bengals ($125) are cheaper, according to Vivid Seats. The Saints-Eagles tickets are at $347 and 49ers-Packers at $238.
The Colts aren’t alone. Cincinnati had about 8,000 tickets to sell and Green Bay 5,500, The Eagles-Saints game in Philadelphia sold out the day tickets went on sale. The last time a Packers home game didn’t sell out was in January 1983 when they hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a first-round playoff game in a strike-shortened season.
Only 2 games were blacked out during the regular season.
Colts tickets range from $56 to $155 (non-club) and can be purchased at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office, Ticketmaster ticket centers, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.