A Suggestion Towards Solving the Dreaded Season Ticket Waiting List


-Joe Gallagher

I recently had an interesting conversation with a co-worker and friend of mine, one which I thought should be shared with other sports fans.  We were discussing the general concept of the season ticket waiting list.  Living in an area that is equidistant to both Green Bay and Chicago, I have listened to fans of both the Cubs and Packers discuss the tens of thousands of individuals patiently waiting for an opportunity to hold season tickets in their hands.  Growing up as a Philadelphia sports fan, season ticket opportunities were typically available for Phillies, Sixers or Flyers seasons.  Eagles (since they are the best team ever) were usually hard to come by.  It wasn’t until the Phillies run from 2007-2010 that Phillies season tickets were hard to come by.  And the Sixers are JUST gaining relevancy after years of Tankadelphia.

However, our discussion was primarily around the Packers, and the 70,000+ people on the list for season tickets to Lambeau.  We discussed people having their season tickets willed to them from parents and grandparents.  We discussed ticket agencies having access to hundreds of season tickets.  We discussed current season ticket holders merely having their tickets for the sake of reselling them through online outlets like stubhub or seatgeek, at twice or triple the face value.  

It was then that my colleague suggested a wonderful idea.  Why not have season tickets cycle through the list from year to year?  For example, say you have a 60,000 seat stadium.  You have 60,000 current season ticket holders, and then another 70,000 people on the waiting list.  In year 1, the current 60,000 season ticket holders get their tickets.  In year 2, the NEXT 60,000 season ticket holders get tickets, while the former 60,000 season ticket holders are given the option to be added back to the waiting list.  This happens year after year, spreading the wealth of the opportunity to have season tickets to your sports team.  

Let’s think about the reality of this for a second.  This concept would not affect anyone who has club box seats, suites, etc.  The secondary market would still be there for those who obtain season tickets:  as a season ticket holder, you have the right to do as you wish with your tickets.  Ticket agencies would have the same opportunity to get onto these lists as the average individual.  The respective team will still sell all of their tickets and/or provide an opportunity to all who are interested in season tickets.  Most importantly, everyone will have the opportunity to call themselves a season-ticket holder at some point in their lifetime.

Socialism at its finest.

Sports are a platform that unite many, and attract the attention of millions of people.  Something as unimportant as bettering the procedure through obtaining season tickets, could spark further ideas towards spreading the wealth of comparable situations: concert tickets, broadway ticket availability, season passes to various events throughout the country.  Look, we aren’t trying to ruin familty traditions or take away season tickets that have been within a family for multiple generations.  Maybe there would be special exceptions for tickets that HAVE been within a family for multiple generations.  Who knows.  This is just the beginning of the discussion.  However, realistically there are people on waiting lists for season tickets who will most likely never have the opportunity to get their hands on them.  Not due to financial restrictions, but primarily due to availability.  

Why not start the discussion?  Thoughts?  Comments?  We’d love to hear!


Note: While this article was composed by Joe Gallagher, we here at NobodySports credit the initial concept to our friend Daniel Krisher.  The content of this post was written in collaboration with Danny.  We look forward to your thoughts!  

3 thoughts on “A Suggestion Towards Solving the Dreaded Season Ticket Waiting List

  1. The hardest part about the NFL season ticket is the small schedule compared to the other major sports in America. When you only have 8 home games, you can’t get creative. Your idea of 60 on 60 off isn’t a terrible one, but you have to realize how much uproar current season ticket holders would be in when those tickets have been in their family for generations. That could potentially burn bridges of 60,000 local fans.

    Personally I think you should ban second market avenues. It ruins the game and makes tickets inaccessible for the fans. Any game this year tickets are minimum $200 after fees and charges. How can we claim it’s a family atmosphere when it’d cost a family of 4 nearly $1000 when it’s all said and done.

    I think tickets should only be allowed to be transferred and sold at face value. If you allow people to sell them at double and triple the face value then you are always going to have people jacking up the ticket price to make a profit of the fans. That profit doesn’t go back to the team or the area, but in a private sellers pocket. Which to me, isn’t right.

  2. Honestly I can’t disagree more, what are the point of season tickets then, there should be open single game tickets for every individual game if you’re going to do that. People feel like season tickets is almost like having a small piece of ownership or equity in the team, taking that away from them I don’t believe is fair

  3. Yo Nick! Thanks for checking out the post!! The discussion originated from the fact that the general public of Green Bay and surrounding areas OWN the Packers. You or I could buy a share of Packers stock for $250. But many of those ‘owners’ have been on season tickets waiting lists for decades. I know this is a single scenario, and I should have mentioned it in the post. The biggest issue is the secondary market and the fact that a season ticket holder may not attend all of the games, so they can then sell their tickets for 2-3X the face value . What if season ticket holders could ONLY sell their tickets to other people on the waiting list, rather than to anyone via secondary market? Ultimately, the idea would be to get season ticket opportunities into the hands of the fans, rather than those who buy them/ hold onto them for resale.

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