New England Patriots Fans Demand Tickets

Henry LaborantiContributor IJune 1, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Fans of the New England Patriots look on dejected from the stands late in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots typically release individual tickets to the public in early June. Last season, tickets were released on June 4th at 10:00am on Ticketmaster. Typically there are only a few thousand tickets available for each home game and if you're not online to get your tickets at 10:00am, you won't be getting your tickets from the Patriots directly. 

With a recent call to Gillette Stadium, an administrator had told us that the New England Patriots would be releasing tickets to the public, however no date has been set. Patriots fans are beginning to ask, why no date yet? For upper level seats at Gillette Stadium from any other ticket website, they cost on average $125, almost double the face value. Ridiculous? I think so. Unless you're a season ticket holder who lives in Massachusetts, tickets are extremely difficult and pricey to come by for even the least popular games in the season. Steven, a Patriots fan from PA said, "It's a true shame that if you don't get tickets from the Patriots directly or if you don't have 300 dollars to spend on nose bleed tickets, you won't be seeing a Patriots game in person."

All NFL fans know how expensive it could be to see your favorite team in action. But it's time to start setting aside tickets for the true fans of the game. Making fans pay $125 for upper section seats again lower level teams through a third party website is an insult to the game. Football and baseball were created for working class citizens to be able to escape from their every day lives. But today, it's become a battle over how much they charge people rather than hoping their fans enjoy the experience. Robert Kraft and the other NFL owners should be ashamed at how little tickets they set aside for true fans. Maybe it's the millions of dollars they accumulate throughout the year that blinds their judgement, however enough is enough.