When the Los Angeles Rams take the field against the Dallas Cowboys Saturday night, it will be the city's first NFL game in more than 20 years. And while it's only a preseason contest, demand for tickets is high, according to the team.
The Rams added a couple hundred seats for Saturday’s game in the upper reaches of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and there still are some available on Ticketmaster, said Jake Bye, the team's Vice-President for Ticket Sales. Prices start at $40.
When the Rams played in St. Louis last year they ranked dead last in NFL attendance, with an average of just over 52,000 fans per game. With the move to Los Angeles, they’re certain to be in the upper echelon in terms of attendance before they’ve taken a single snap.
"It’s definitely been an adjustment for us," said Bye. "It's a very humbling experience as well."
Tickets for regular season games are already in very short supply. Most of them - some 70,000 - already went to season ticket holders. Those fans will also be first in line for season tickets when the Rams move to their permanent home in Inglewood for the 2019 season.
Most of the remaining 10,000 or so single-game tickets went quickly. Some of the seven games are not sold out, but at most only a couple hundred tickets remain, said Bye.
The Rams added capacity for the Sept. 18 home opener against the Seattle Seahawks, but only some scattered single seats are left, he said.
For those going to Saturday's game against Dallas – who perhaps haven't been to an NFL game for more than two decades – here are some tips from the Rams:
- Gates open at 3 p.m. for a 5 p.m. kickoff. Fans should arrive early enough to go through security and be in their seats by 5 p.m.
- The "Clear Bag Policy" will be in effect at all games at the Coliseum. Visit www.nfl.com/allclear for more information.
- Parking in USC Campus and Exposition Park lots are by permit only and there is no public on-site parking for Rams games.
- Due to limited parking, fans are encouraged to “Go Metro on Game Day.”