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POTENTIAL NEUTRAL SITE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ATLANTA SEEING EXTRAORDINARY DEMAND


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MORE THAN 50,000 TICKETS SOLD IN ONE DAY

With the potential for a neutral site AFC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, both clubs gave Season Ticket Members who previously opted-in to purchase AFC Championship Game tickets in Buffalo or Kansas City priority access to purchase tickets at a preferred rate.

More than 50,000 tickets were purchased by the clubs' Season Ticket Members in the first 24 hours of the announcement. The ticketing plan enables Bills fans to be seated on their side of the field and Chiefs on the other.

Both the Bills and Chiefs will continue to work with their Season Ticket Members to provide priority access, subject to availability. The NFL will announce any updated pre-sale or general on-sale opportunities, if tickets are available, at a later date.

The ticket sales plan only applies in a potential scenario in which a neutral site game would take place. The AFC Championship Game would take place on Sunday, January 29, at 6:30 pm ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, should both the Bills and Chiefs advance this weekend.

If the AFC Championship Game is not played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, any tickets purchased would automatically be refunded in full to the original method of payment.

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This might be a sign of things to come. There was thought in the past to make this a neutral site game every year, I believe, and but it was voted down. I wouldnt put it past the NFL to make this happen as a permanent thing. Especially if we are going to add European teams to the league.

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5 hours ago, JETS SB said:

This might be a sign of things to come. There was thought in the past to make this a neutral site game every year, I believe, and but it was voted down. I wouldnt put it past the NFL to make this happen as a permanent thing. Especially if we are going to add European teams to the league.

I would hate that.  Heck, I wish the Super Bowl had a team with home field advantage.

I know Tampa had it a couple of years ago but I'm more thinking of a cold weather northeast team with raucous fans.  

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16 minutes ago, slimjasi said:

I would be so pissed if I were a Bengals fan. If Buffalo doesn’t have to travel to KC, Cincy should not have to travel to Buffalo. 

Just the thought that they're selling those tickets right now for a Bills vs Chiefs Conference Championship game is bulletin board material. Bengals will have a chip on their shoulder this Sunday for sure.

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3 hours ago, UntouchableCrew said:

100% think this is the future. 
 

You’ll have two mini Super Bowls only it’ll be packed with fans instead of corporate types. It will be electric.

Except you’d get football fans at games instead of mostly home fans who deserve to see their team.  And that would be less electric, not more 

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47 minutes ago, Lith said:

Game should have been in Indy.  Much more driveable for the fans of both teams.

Too short of notice. They pre book hotels here far in advance for the events that we host. 

Indy is actually the busiest convention/conference city in the United States for the exact reason you stated, it's easy and fair distance to get to for mostly everyone in the country.

JamFest, FFA, NRA, Gen-Con, Indy 500, Brickyard, PRI, Bands of America, Do it Best, etc. Not to mention the home of the NCAA and all the collegiate sporting events that happen here every other week. 

These things happen weekly here and are upwards of 40-80,000 visitors. Trying to fit a surprise 60,000 extra visitors at the same time was just never a realistic option, mostly due to hotel space. We have an amazing amount of hotel rooms in the city, but not that much. 

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8 hours ago, JETS SB said:

This might be a sign of things to come. There was thought in the past to make this a neutral site game every year, I believe, and but it was voted down. I wouldnt put it past the NFL to make this happen as a permanent thing. Especially if we are going to add European teams to the league.

Kirwan said yesterday it is already a done deal that it will change next year.

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1 hour ago, JTJet said:

Too short of notice. They pre book hotels here far in advance for the events that we host. 

Indy is actually the busiest convention/conference city in the United States for the exact reason you stated, it's easy and fair distance to get to for mostly everyone in the country.

JamFest, FFA, NRA, Gen-Con, Indy 500, Brickyard, PRI, Bands of America, Do it Best, etc. Not to mention the home of the NCAA and all the collegiate sporting events that happen here every other week. 

These things happen weekly here and are upwards of 40-80,000 visitors. Trying to fit a surprise 60,000 extra visitors at the same time was just never a realistic option, mostly due to hotel space. We have an amazing amount of hotel rooms in the city, but not that much. 

Didn’t you tell last year during the combine that they are worried the NFL may move it someplace else?

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16 minutes ago, section314 said:

Didn’t you tell last year during the combine that they are worried the NFL may move it someplace else?

Yes, but the coaches and scouts voted against it. So the NFL kicked the issue down the road. The one and only reason the NFL execs are considering moving it, is to turn it into a traveling circus like the draft. They have been testing fan attendance for a couple years now with mixed results. 

As for why the coach and personel departments love having the combine here and voted against it..

1 Indy is somewhat low key and they dont get hounded by fans excessively when in town. Locals are used to it being here and kind of treat it as just another event. When these guys take people out to dinner and such, they are treated as normal people and given privacy at most places. 

2 The way downtown Indy is laid out, the medical facilities where college players get testing are right by the stadium, as are all the hotels. You can walk most of downtown and almost never go outside with the skywalks connecting the hotels, convention center, and arenas. The entire downtown is walkable and it isnt neccessary to Uber all over the city to get places. 

3 As I said before, the access to the city is very easy for everyone across the country, west and east coast etc. 

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16 minutes ago, JTJet said:

Yes, but the coaches and scouts voted against it. So the NFL kicked the issue down the road. The one and only reason the NFL execs are considering moving it, is to turn it into a traveling circus like the draft. They have been testing fan attendance for a couple years now with mixed results. 

As for why the coach and personel departments love having the combine here and voted against it..

1 Indy is somewhat low key and they dont get hounded by fans excessively when in town. Locals are used to it being here and kind of treat it as just another event. When these guys take people out to dinner and such, they are treated as normal people and given privacy at most places. 

2 The way downtown Indy is laid out, the medical facilities where college players get testing are right by the stadium, as are all the hotels. You can walk most of downtown and almost never go outside with the skywalks connecting the hotels, convention center, and arenas. The entire downtown is walkable and it isnt neccessary to Uber all over the city to get places. 

3 As I said before, the access to the city is very easy for everyone across the country, west and east coast etc. 

We were out there last year for the game and absolutely loved it. We stayed in a Marriot about a 15 minute walk from the stadium. A very funny and underrated city. 

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16 minutes ago, section314 said:

We were out there last year for the game and absolutely loved it. We stayed in a Marriot about a 15 minute walk from the stadium. A very funny and underrated city. 

Ooof the Thursday night debacle lol? 

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10 hours ago, JETS SB said:

This might be a sign of things to come. There was thought in the past to make this a neutral site game every year, I believe, and but it was voted down. I wouldnt put it past the NFL to make this happen as a permanent thing. Especially if we are going to add European teams to the league.

2 hours ago, johnnysd said:

Kirwan said yesterday it is already a done deal that it will change next year.

So it's going to be a neutral site going forward?!   That's HORRIBLE if true!

Wouldn't it also lessen the demand for STs?  And sort of be a reneg on PSLs?  (Maybe purchased with the dream of seeing your team in the conference championship at home).

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3 hours ago, Jet Nut said:

Except you’d get football fans at games instead of mostly home fans who deserve to see their team.  And that would be less electric, not more 

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/bills-chiefs-fans-buy-50000-tickets-in-24-hours-for-potential-neutral-site-afc-title-game-per-report/

Bills and Chiefs season ticket holders bought the tickets within 24 hours. It's not going to be random fans -- the STH are traveling to the game, a sea of red on one side a sea of blue on the other.

I'm not necessarily advocating for this but I think the game is going to come across extremely well and I think there's a great chance the NFL shifts in this direction, especially if they expand the league/playoffs.

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4 hours ago, slimjasi said:

I would be so pissed if I were a Bengals fan. If Buffalo doesn’t have to travel to KC, Cincy should not have to travel to Buffalo. 

I do think it's slightly different given that the Bills straight up beat the Chiefs earlier in the season whereas the Bengals argument is hypothetical -- but the Bengals did get screwed here.

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