Citing a rapid response that cut has cut the number of tickets remaining to fewer than 10,000, the Bengals said Tuesday the rate of sales has to increase in order for the Bengals to sell out Sunday's 1:05 p.m. Wild Card game presented by Fifth Third Bank against the Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium.
The target is Thursday at 1 p.m., when a sellout would put the game on local television (Cincinnati's Channel 12, Dayton, Ohio's Channel 7, Lexington, Ky.'s Channel 27), but if there is enough movement there could be an extension to Friday at 1 p.m. with Wednesday being New Year's Day.
The Bengals ticket hotline and ticket office are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Tickets may be purchased online here. Fans also may contact Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000.
Tickets also may be purchased through the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 513-621-3550, or toll-free at 866-621-8383 (TDTD), or in person at the Paul Brown Stadium ticket office.
"After winning the AFC North Division two weekends ago, the Club redoubled its efforts to move all remaining unsold seats to our home playoff game – approximately 15,000 tickets. Sales over the last week have been steady, and the number of unsold tickets has dipped below 10,000. We are appreciative of that response," said Jeff Berding, Bengals director of sales and public affairs, in a news release.
"NFL playoff games are rare and wonderful chances for communities to showcase their communities in front of a national TV audience of roughly 30 million viewers. The Club appreciates the support we are seeing and remains excited about next Sunday's game. However, we need to be candid that—unless the rate of daily sales increases—we will not achieve a sellout, and the game will not be televised in Cincinnati, Dayton or Lexington, Ky., per NFL policy.
"The Club is excited about the game and the opportunity to highlight our hometown, and we look forward to the great home field advantage that our fans give us. Undefeated at home this season has been great, and a sellout crowd Sunday would be a real boost to the football team and help us take the next step in the postseason."