Tickets for Packers-Seahawks remain at record high
Prices on the secondary market have dropped as kickoff nears, but still most expensive regular-season game in last five years, according to some sites.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Prices on the secondary market for Thursday’s Seattle-Green Bay game remain as expensive as any in Seahawks history.
But as is typical as kickoff draws nearer, prices have also come down markedly in the last week or so as sellers try to unload their tickets.
According to data from SeatGeek.com, which monitors the secondary ticket market, the average price of a ticket for the game on the secondary market had dropped from $410 last Thursday to $317 on Wednesday.
Still, SeatGeek’s data showed that the game is “the most expensive regular-season ticket of the last five years’’ with fans having paid “an average of $433 on the secondary market.’’
SeatGeek reported that no other regular-season game has “ever drawn an average price above $400.’’ Last year’s regular-season game with the 49ers, until now the Seahawks regular-season game that drew the highest price on the secondary market, yielded an average ticket price of $350.
SeatGeek reported that there were roughly 6,000 tickets listed on the secondary market as of Wednesday afternoon, with the cheapest at $188.
However, according to TiqIQ.com, the record price for the Green Bay game may not last long. It reported that tickets on the secondary market for the Dec. 14 home game against the 49ers are going for $510.58. That has helped raise the average price for any Seattle game on the secondary market to $394.85.
Tickets on the secondary market are all that is left after the team sold out of its supply quickly. The Seahawks sold 63,000 season tickets; all remaining single-game tickets sold within minutes in July.
Chris Matcovich, the vice president of VP of Data & Communications for TiqIQ, advised that those still wanting tickets may find prices dropping even more on Thursday.
“What we tend to see with these bigger games is that not necessarily the lower tickets drop a lot but that the more expensive tickets will drop,’’ he said.
WR Bates re-signed
The Seahawks on Wednesday re-signed receiver Phil Bates while placing backup guard/center Lemuel Jeanpierre on Injured Reserve with a neck injury.
Bates was released earlier in the week when the Seahawks brought back Bryan Walters, but cleared waivers and was a free agent.
The moves give Seattle as many receivers as offensive linemen for the Green Bay game — eight of each. That number includes rookie Kevin Norwood, who returned to practice this week after foot surgery and could play against the Packers.
The loss of Jeanpierre means the Seahawks will go into the Green Bay game with Stephen Schilling as the backup center. The only other reserve OLs on the roster are Alvin Bailey, who played only tackle this year in exhibition games (though he has played guard in the past), and rookie tackle Garry Gilliam.
Simon: minor surgery
Seattle listed five players as out for the Green Bay game — Jeanpierre, CB Tharold Simon (knee), TE Cooper Helfet (knee), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring) and RB Christine Michael (hamstring).
Coach Pete Carroll said Simon will likely have minor surgery to “get some things cleaned up’’ in the next few days. “There’s still a little bit of questioning because what’s going on is real minimal, but we think it might be the time to do it,’’ he said. “We will see.’’
The second-year player from LSU missed last season after having two foot surgeries. With Simon out, DeShawn Shead, also the team’s backup free safety, figures to play more at corner.
The team listed cornerback Jeremy Lane, the team’s starting nickelback, as probable after he sat out the final exhibition game with a hamstring issue.
• The team captains for this season, as announced by Carroll on Wednesday, are Russell Wilson (offense), Kam Chancellor (defense) and Jon Ryan and Steven Hauschka for special teams. Captains are voted on by teammates.
• Seattle also released three players from the practice squad — WR Chris Matthews, OL Nate Isles and DB Terrance Parks; and to fill those vacancies, Seattle signed LB Allen Bradford — who was on the initial 53-man roster last season for Seattle before being released — and guards David Arkin of Missouri State and Drew Nowak of Western Michigan.