February 27, 2013
Packers fan gets seats after very long wait
By QMI Agency

Packer fans cheers during a time out at an NFL game in Green Bay, Wisc., on Dec. 23, 2012. (Darren Hauck/Reuters)

Canadian NHL fans are well aware of season seat waiting lists, with many franchises forcing fans to pay a fee just to have their names appear in seemingly endless queues.

The same can be said about the other major leagues in North America.

However, the wait is over for one NFL fan.

Wisconsin resident Brad Sauve finally heard back from the Green Bay Packers after signing up for season tickets in 1976.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Sauve signed up for the tickets before Lambeau field was two decades old. At that point, he was somewhere around No. 7,500 on the list.

Despite having to fork over more than $5,000 for two seats to just eight home games, with an estimated 105,000 names below him on one of the NFL’s longest waiting lists, Sauve told the Gazette he was happy to hand over the cash.


“It doesn’t pay to grumble about it, because I’m sure there’s a lot of people on that list that would trade spots with me,” Sauve said.

Rajani Kamath, a spokesperson for Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, pegged the Toronto Maple Leafs' waiting list at 2,500, telling the Toronto Observer a few years ago that only one or two seats become available each season.

Packers fans, however, get off lightly.

The one-time $4,200 user fee Sauve paid Green Bay ownership pales in comparison to the Leafs, whose season seat holders must obtain a personal seat licence that costs tens of thousands depending on seat location.


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