GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Should the mayor of Green Bay be able to attend the Super Bowl without having to pay a scalper?
Lots of people are debating that subject, after the Green Bay Packers offered tickets to Mayor Jim Schmitt and other elected officials at face value. Schmitt bought 5 tickets at $1,200 each from his own pocket for Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and Steelers near Dallas.
Brown County Executive Tom Hinz bought 2 seats at $900 apiece, and sold them to a friend for that same price. Both officials told one media outlet that they didn’t see an ethical problem with it, because they used their own money.
But Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger turned down the offer. With ticket brokers charging up to $20,000 a seat and more, Aubinger says the Packers’ offer amounts to special treatment.
Green Bay area officials are in discussions with the team over new real estate developments around Lambeau Field.
Packers’ spokesman Aaron Popkey said it’s always been the team’s practice to extend opportunities to its numerous community partners, including elected officials on occasion.
A check with the NFL’s Ticket Exchange shows that a third row seat near the Packers’ bench costs just over $7,500. The nosebleed seats are going for $2,700.