14,000 tickets remain for Vikings playoff gameby Toni Randolph, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — About 14,000 tickets are still available for the Minnesota Vikings playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at the Metrodome.
It's the first home playoff game for the Vikings in eight years.
The Vikings sold 6,000 tickets yesterday, but they still have a long way to go before the game is sold out -- and a television blackout is avoided.
"Our number to lift the blackout is right about 62,000," said Vikings vice president Steve LaCroix. "It's a short week with the holiday, so we're fighting that to a certain extent. We're up to the challenge, and we're doing everything we can to keep chipping away at it."
The game must be close to a sellout by Thursday afternoon to avoid the blackout. LaCroix said earlier that an extension from the NFL is possible.
The team has reached a virtual sellout for 114 straight games, dating to 1998. Recently, corporate sponsors and the local TV station broadcasting the game have stepped in to help buy tickets when a blackout was threatened.
The game with the Eagles is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Metrodome.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)