INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2014) - Officials with the Indianapolis Colts ticket office say there are still some tickets left for Sunday's playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
But they're going fast.
As of early Monday, there were about 7,000 tickets left, according to Larry Hall, Colts vice president of ticket operations and guest services.
"62,448 is the number to lift the TV blackout," Hall said, referring to NFL rules on broadcasting games that are not sold out. "So, we're probably over 55,000 of them already sold."
Hall and others expect the game to sell out, although it's not clear how long until that happens. Many fans wait to learn the playoff schedule each year before deciding whether to purchase tickets. Sunday night, it became official that the Colts would play Cincinnati on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
It's the kind of decision Colts fans have gotten used to making year after year.
"This is 14 out of 16 years that our team has been in the playoffs," Hall said. "And 16 out of 20. We're blessed to have a great organization, a great group of fans that have made a lot of that possible."
Ticket prices though the Colts organization, Ticketmaster and the Lucas Oil Stadium box office were ranging between $50 and $400 for single seats.
Resale prices are going for about 20 to 30 percent above face value right now, according to Mike Peduto at Circle City Tickets. He says demand for the upcoming game is steady, but not mind blowing.
"It's not as good as the Peyton game last year, that kind of thing," Peduto said. "But it's been solid, especially now that everyone knows when the game is going to be and it's Cincinnati."
Peduto believes Cincinnati fans could make up about 10 percent of the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Colts officials hope that number will be smaller.
"We can never know for sure because once we sell a ticket it can be handed off several times," Hall said. "But we've always had a good home field advantage, and we want to keep that home field advantage. So we want Colts fans to get out there and buy any of those remaining tickets to keep it as blue and white as possible."
Christ Matcovich, of TiqIQ, says this after market tickets to this year's Wild Card game are the least expensive since 2010. He says the average ticket price for Sunday is $172.92. At the start of 2014, the average price for the Colts vs. Chiefs was $197.29. In 2011, the price for Colts vs. Jets was $212.76.
Matcovich also says tickets to the Colts Wild Card game are cheaper than the NFL's other 3 Wild Card games. Average prices for the other games are:
- Lions @ Cowboys: $300.22
- Ravens @ Steelers: $252.01
- Cardinals @ Panthers: $244.53
The Colts say playoff tickets are available through all channels: Colts.com, Ticket Master, by phone at (800) 745-3000, Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office and Ticketmaster ticket centers.