Tennessee Titans still hot ticket

Tennessee Titans still hot ticket

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 6:41 pm
By: AP

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE (AP) — Mix a team coming off a playoff appearance with an attractive schedule, and it’s a combination that makes selling tickets pretty easy. How easy? Well, the Tennessee Titans have fewer than 2,500 tickets to each of two exhibitions and eight regular season games to put on sale Saturday morning, and team officials expect to be sold out within minutes — again. That would stretch the team’s sellout streak to 103 games since moving into LP Field in 1999. “We were hopeful despite the economy fans would hang with us, and they’re true as gold again this year,” said Don MacLachlan, the team’s executive vice president in charge of administration and facilities. “It is something that is not commonplace at every venue in the National Football League. We know we have something unique here.” A sellout crowd is 69,143, and reaching that number is easier considering that approximately 98 percent of season-ticket holders renewed once again. The team is celebrating its 10th season at LP Field after struggling to sell tickets while playing in Memphis in 1997 and at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville for 1998. “Knowing the growing pains we had both in Memphis and at Vanderbilt … it’s rather unbelievable and also it’s a testimony to the great loyalty and the great fans that we have here. Our season ticket holders stay with it. That’s what allows us to keep the single-game tickets we have to a number manageable to be sold out in a relatively short period of time,” MacLachlan said. Campers even started lining up outside the ticket office at LP Field on Wednesday afternoon, well before the first ticket will be sold at 10 a.m.. Ticket prices range from $30 to $80. But thanks to the Internet and ticket outlets at area grocery stores, camping out only helps the diehard few at the front of the line because tickets go fast. Last year, the Titans sold out their season opener against Indianapolis in two minutes. en minutes into sales left buyers trying to grab scattered singles. Marty Collins, the Titans’ director of ticket operations, suggests tapping into friends for help. “If you have more than one person that can try to help purchase the tickets, try several sources at the same time,” Collins told fans in an e-mail. More of the same is expected because the Titans went 10-6 and reached the playoffs in 2007 for the first time since 2003, and the team has a home schedule featuring Tennessee’s first primetime game in four seasons against AFC South rival Indianapolis, the popular Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers. “I’d have to believe it’ll go very, very quickly again this year,” MacLachlan said. Published in The Messenger 7.11.08

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