The Packers Season Ticket Waitlist: Only a lifetime away

During the month of October, a lot of people (9,786 in Oct 2010) read my blog because of my blog post about possible Halloween costumes.  Throughout the rest of the year, my brother is pretty much the only reader.  So Dave, this one’s for you.  Towards the end of my High School career (not sure exactly when), I did what everyone else in the state of Wisconsin does – I added Dave and I to the Green Bay Packers Season Ticket Waitlist.  Ironically, in the days before stubhub and ebay, our Dad had a chance at some Packers tickets while he and our Mom lived in California for a few years.  If he found a way to pick them up, today I’d probably be sitting in section 120, row 10.  Roughly 30 years later, Dave and I got in on the ground floor of a 70,000 story building but the length of the season ticket waiting list has increased over the years. How long is the Packers Season Ticket Waitlist?

Every year, the Packers send Waitlist members a postcard to let you know where you stand on the list.  I haven’t always tracked my progress but in wading through facebook posts and old e-mails to Dave about our status, I was able to dig up the following data.
Packers Season Ticket Waitlist Graph

YearSeason Ticket
Waitlist Number
Estimated Year of
Receiving Tickets
200565,959 
2006Data unavailable 
200764,276 
2008Data unavailable 
200962,5562082.5
201062,1392089.1
201161,6562095.2
201261,2062101.2
201355,9952094.6*
201455,2502094.4
201554,7682097.4
201653,580 
201752,991 
201852,2532092.0
201951,1372088.6

*Assumes no other seating expansions

 

The linear trendline for this data, shown in red above, suggests an unrealistic slope of -1,157.3 due to the 2013 7,641 seat expansion which resulted in ≈5,000 season ticket holders receiving tickets.  This means a couple of things:

  1. A more realistic slope (shown in gold above) that excludes 2013 suggests an average decrease of 739.3 spots per year
  2. Finding the x-intercept (excluding 2013) suggests that our name will likely come up in the year 2088.
  3. Winning clearly doesn’t help our cause. Unfortunately, an exponential trendline may provide a better fit but it’s just too depressing. I’m hoping that fluctuations in the Packers’ performance will smooth this out over time, making the linear trendline a better estimate. As a fan, however, I’m not sure I can handle fluctuations in their performance.

I’ll be sure to update this graph each year for the rest of my life…then pass it on to my grandchildren.

And for the record, I’m one spot ahead of Dave on the list.