Bengals get extension on playoff ticket sales

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis watches from the sideline during the first quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

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CINCINNATI — The NFL granted the Bengals an extension until 4 p.m. on Friday in an attempt to sell the remaining tickets for Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game against San Diego and avoid a television blackout in local markets.

If the game is not sold out by the deadline, the game will not be seen in the television markets of Cincinnati, Dayton and Lexington, Ky., per NFL rules. The NFL has a 75-mile blackout radius for its games that do not sell out prior to deadline. Paul Brown Stadium seats 65,515 and the Bengals sold out all eight of its regular season games this season while going undefeated at home for the first time since 1988.

Indianapolis and Green Bay have also received extensions in efforts to sellout their home games this weekend. Indianapolis hosts Kansas City on Saturday and has received two extensions. Green Bay hosts San Francisco late Sunday afternoon.

This is the first home playoff game for the Bengals since 2009.

Team officials announced on Wednesday that more than 8,000 tickets remained available for sale. No new number of tickets available was announced on Thursday. There was a report of 3,500 remaining seats put out on the Bengals official Twitter account Thursday afternoon but that number was found to be invalid and the tweet was deleted.

The Bengals said the extension was granted in part because they have had solid sales throughout the week. Several local businesses, including Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Insurance Company, Cintas, United Dairy Farmers, Liberty Mutual/Safeco, WCPO/Scripps and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, bought tickets and are providing them to military families through the Armed Forces Ticket Association.

The NFL sets the ticket prices and, unlike in the regular season, teams cannot offer discounts on tickets.

Tickets can be purchased through the team’s website, Bengals.com, or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also may be purchased through the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 513-621-8383, or toll-free at 866-621-8383 (TDTD), or in person at the Paul Brown Stadium ticket office. The Hotline and the ticket office will be open until 7 o’clock Thursday and will re-open at 9 a.m. Friday.