It's nearing 24 hours since Titans single-game tickets went on sale and the franchise has set a post-Super Bowl XXXIV record for futility.
Last year, the games sold out in four hours. Previous to that, tickets never lasted more than two hours. Only in the team's first year on the east bank did tickets last longer than a day.
Team Vice President Don MacLachlan noted that the Oct. 30 date against Indianapolis is almost sold out and roughly 2,000 tickets remain for each of the rest of the home dates. He said the team expected a slowdown:
"We knew there were a lot of intangibles that we couldn't control, i.e. the lockout, people not knowing whether there would be a season or not, focusing so much of our attention on season ticket holders, the economy, the price of gas," he explained, adding, "We've talked to a lot of people over the course of the summer and we weren't exactly sure how it would turn out but we are very encouraged that there are not a whole lot of tickets remaining in the games."
The NFL broadcast blackout rules apply during the preseason as they do during the regular season, but MacLachlan told George Plaster yesterday afternoon the team has corporate partners lined up to buy any remaining tickets for Saturday's opener against the Vikings, ensuring a local broadcast on WKRN.
Meanwhile, Predators COO Sean Henry tells us things are going swimmingly at Fifth & Broadway. The team "should find [themselves]" selling 10,000 season ticket equivalents, "if not more" — up from 8,500 last year — and new season ticket sales are double what they were before last season. "We're up dramatically," he said. Meanwhile, Henry's former employer, the Tampa Bay Lightning, have parlayed a surprising season and doubled its season ticket sales.