Tickets to the annual Green Bay Packers Family Night sold out in a little over 24 hours.
This wouldn’t be notable except for the fact that 75,000 people just paid for the right to watch the Packers practice.
Family Night is sold out, the #Packers announced a half-hour ago. Tickets went on sale 30 hours ago. 75,000 fans for a practice. Amazing.
— Packer Report (@PackerReport) June 23, 2015
That’s right, Family Night isn’t even a scrimmage between the offense and the defense like it used to be. That was squashed last year because a couple guys got injured the year before. Now it’s a just another practice. Except it’s one held in Lambeau Field that people pay to watch.
Hey, AI, what we talkin’ bout here?
Not a game, not a game, not a game. We talkin’ bout practice!
Anyway, we get it. Tickets are cheap ($10) and a lot of people who can’t afford to take their family to an actual game can afford to take their family to this.
Now, we were under the assumption that proceeds from Family Night ticket sales went to charity. Certainly, we were led to believe that was the case in past years. This year, that does not appear to be the case.
From what we’ve gathered, the Packers will only donate Family Night parking fees to charity.
It appears the organization will not only be pocketing boatloads of money from concession and merchandise sales, but they’ll also be keeping the $750,000 from ticket sales this year as well.
Seriously, we would really like for someone to tell us otherwise here. So please do so if you can find any information to the contrary.
Because Family Night is all about families (except that it’s about revenue).
The event is August 8.
The problem with these arguments about the organization “pocketing boatloads of money”, is the organization in question is non-profit. Yearly costs of simply paying the utility bills for Lambeau are millions of dollars. And then you still need to pay the players millions and millions of dollars. And also pay the coaches millions. And also the maintenance staff, and repairs, and renovations, and insurance, and the lease. The Packers don’t have a mega-rich owner who has other businesses that generate revenue to dip into in case he needs more to fund his NFL team.
The Packers have the Packers. That’s it. They’re going to need $20 million more next year to pay players under the increase in cap space. Not to mention the increase in costs due to simple yearly inflation. And this doesn’t even include all the money they donate to local charities, scholarships, grants, etc. How do you think they get all that money?!
I’m real OK with it. The money goes right back to the team, not some greedy, billionaire owner. I went to Family night in when our youngest was 12 (2004). Had a great time. When the grandkids are ready for their first Lambeau trip, I’m thinking its gonna be Family Night. Don’t have to worry if you miss anything tending to the young uns, and there are fireworks afterwards. woo hoo!
why does Monty whine about everything the Packers do…hey, there are a lot of teams that need blog writers!!! The Vikes could use a new sarcastic blogger….
although we don’t want another Vic “the dick” Ketchman either…