Titans change ticket policy for playoff game in hopes of keeping Bengals fans mostly out of Nissan Stadium
As the Titans prepare to host their second playoff game in 10 years, the team is doing its best to make sure Nissan Stadium isn’t overrun with Bengals fans on Saturday.
In an interview with New Channel 5 in Nashville, the team’s vice president of ticketing, Brooke Ellenberger, admitted that the Titans implemented a new ticketing policy this week in hopes of limiting the number of tickets. Bengals fans at game.
Under the adjusted policy, tickets cannot be transferred to anyone who purchases them until 24 hours before the game.
“We want Nissan Stadium to be two-tone blue,” Ellenberger said. “And so by limiting this transfer window, it also limits the number of away team supporters we will have in the stadium.”
Since a potential buyer won’t have tickets in hand until Friday afternoon at the earliest, it’s harder for opposing fans to plan their weekend. It might also scare off some opposing fans as they might think they are being ripped off if the seller tells them they can’t send the tickets to them until Friday.
“By limiting that transfer time, you would be limiting some of the reselling and some of that transfer activity that would happen in advance,” Ellenberger explained.
It should be noted that the 24-hour transfer policy does not apply to anyone who purchased their tickets through an NFL ticketing partner like StubHub, Ticketmaster, or Seat Geek. However, if you buy a ticket there and then try to resell it, the resold ticket will be subject to the 24-hour policy.
The Titans are clearly at least somewhat worried that Bengals fans could take over Nissan Stadium and their worries are certainly valid. Not only is Nashville only a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Cincinnati, but Bengals fans can’t wait to see the team’s first Divisional Round playoff game in 31 years.
If you’re wondering how important this game is to Bengals fans, they already have their own tailgate scheduled for Saturday near Nissan Stadium.
Bengals fans also plan to snag a bar near Broadway on Friday night.
Although the Titans are doing everything they can to suppress Bengals fans attending Saturday’s game, it should be noted that this is not the first time a team has gone out of its way to limit the number of opposing fans during a game.
In January 2016, the Broncos limited all ticket sales for the AFC Championship Game to fans who lived in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, western Kansas and Wyoming). If you didn’t have a zip code for that area, you couldn’t purchase tickets, which limited the number of Patriots fans who could attend.
It will be interesting to see if Tennessee’s plan works. However, if social media is any indication, there will be plenty of Bengals fans at Nissan Stadium on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET when this game kicks off.
If the Bengals win, they will advance to the AFC title game for the first time since the 1988 season, which many of their fans are clearly hoping to see in person.