The line to buy Minnesota Vikings single-game tickets looks pretty depressing


Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer talks with defensive end Scott Crichton during the team’s minicamp in Eden Prairie, Minn. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

In football markets where tickets are harder to score than a World Cup goal against Germany, the idea that only one individual would be in line the morning when tickets went on sale seems unfathomable. Sadly, though, that was the situation in Minneapolis on Tuesday when fans were invited to line up for to purchase their single-game tickets.

His name was Anthony Williams, Minnesota’s CBS affiliate reports. “I probably could have slept in a little while later and still been first in line,” Williams told CBS with a laugh.

He had the day off from work and showed up at the deary fifth-floor office where the ticket headquarters is located at 5:40 a.m. By 8:40 a.m., just 20 minutes before the ticket office opened, just 13 people stood in line, the Star Tribune reports.

But the short line doesn’t necessarily correlate with a shrinking Vikings fan base. Williams guesses that perhaps people simply couldn’t find the office, which moved from the Metrodome to a nondescript building a block away from where the team’s new stadium is being built.

“I think people can’t find it,” Williams told the Star Tribune, adding another excuse too: “And they just announced that they’re going on sale today, yesterday. That was probably a big factor.”

Another factor might be the stadium the purple-and-gold will be playing in this year. With the Metrodome gone and the new glassed-in bird-endangering stadium not set to open until 2016, the Vikings will kick off home games in the University of Minnesota’s outdoor TCF Bank Stadium.

(H/t: Deadspin)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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