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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

3,500 tickets remaining

The Vikings' quest to avoid their first home blackout since 1997 apparently is going to go down to the wire.

The team announced today that approximately 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

All must be sold by noon Thursday in order for the local television blackout to be lifted.

"We're optimistic that we're moving in the right direction," Vikings vice president of sales and marketing Steve LaCroix said. "I'm not going to put a percentage on it, but I think we've gotten a positive response from our fan base in the last week."

The 3,500 figure means approximately 2,300 tickets have been sold since the team began a new advertising push last week.

As for the possibility of some company buying up the remaining tickets in order to lift the blackout, LaCroix said: "At this point, there are no guarantees of that. Certainly, as we get closer to the deadline, we'll do everything we can to maintain our home-field advantage with a sellout crowd."

The Vikings have sold out 96 consecutive home games since the 1997 season finale against the Indianapolis Colts.

Note: For what it's worth, Artis Hicks is listed as starting right guard on the unofficial depth chart contained in the Vikings' press release for this week's game.

Hicks and Anthony Herrera have been competing for that spot, but Coach Brad Childress still hasn't named a starter.


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