The Green Bay Packers have a notoriously long waiting list for season tickets, and it has some fans waiting nearly half a century for the opportunity to purchase them.
As the team gets ready for the 2022 season, the Packers informed some fans that they are off the season ticket waiting list. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, one fan named Cory Vogel now has season tickets after being on the waiting list for 50 years.
“I was pretty excited. It was a long time in waiting,” he said to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “My parents had seats in the same section.”
The Packers have a waiting list of 140,000 for Lambeau Field which seats 81,441.
Another fan, 49-year-old Michelle Hensel, told Ryman her parents also put her on the list when she was 2 and that wait finally came to an end after 47 years.
“Every year, I’d be so excited to get my card in the mail from the Packers,” she said. “Last year, I was 125 on the list. I said, ‘It’s got to be soon.'”
The Packers have a season-ticket renewal rate of more than 99%, which results in only about 70-100 new buyers each year. When you’ve had Favre and Rodgers behind center since 1992, it’s easy to see why fans would want to be at Lambeau Field every Sunday.
Aaron Popkey, the director of public relations for the Packers, said more than 100 additional names will come off the waiting list.
“The team made the determination to not renew a selection of tickets of a handful of ticketholders who held a significant number of tickets that were primarily being resold on a regular basis above face value,” Popkey said. “Packers season tickets are intended to be used by the ticketholder, including family and others, to attend the game. The tickets identified and not renewed were simply being resold for a profit. It was a pattern that existed for years.”
The Packers have won more NFL championships than any other team in league history. Along with the four Super Bowls, Green Bay won nine NFL titles before the Super Bowl era. They are also the only team in NFL history to win three consecutive championships (1965, 1966, 1967).