Football Italian article The NFL is expected to unveil its preseason schedule this week, but the NFL is also looking to do something a little different to get fans on the edge of their seats.
The league is expected Tuesday to unveil what it calls its “Playoff Zone,” a six-mile stretch of the field that will be open to fans with pregame and postgame tickets and the ability to sit in sections at certain times.
The zones are part of the league’s goal to “keep fans engaged,” according to NFL spokeswoman Karen Oquendo.
Here are some of the most notable changes that will happen during the preseason.
First, there will be more seating than usual.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is calling the zones “playoffs zones,” and they’ll be separated into sections that are open to the public and sections that will only be open for pregame or postgame ticket sales.
The NFL expects a total of 3,000 fans to get into each section, but they’ll also have to register for their zone.
The goal is to give fans the opportunity to see as much of the game as possible while keeping the numbers limited, according to Oquenzas.
Fans will be able to purchase tickets in their zone, but their tickets will be “nonrefundable” and must be redeemed by Dec. 15.
Fans can also pre-order tickets through a “ticket shop” operated by Ticketmaster, which is expected for the NFL’s first year.
Fans are allowed to pre-pay for tickets via an online store, but pre-orders must be completed before Dec. 10, and no refunds will be issued for pre-purchases.
The NFL is taking a “tough stance” on ticket scalping.
The league is looking to crack down on ticket resellers who are making $10,000 per game, and fans are being warned that if they resell tickets for less than that, they could be fined up to $100,000.
The most popular type of ticket reseller, however, is a group called “super resellers.”
A group called the National Football League Network (NFLN) sells NFL tickets for $5,000, and the group will have a $1 million buy-in for the 2016 season.
The network has a reputation for offering tickets to high school athletes, and NFLN’s CEO, David Givens, said in December that NFLN “has done a phenomenal job” of recruiting high school and college athletes to the network.
“We are going to try to make sure that we have the most competitive team, and we’re going to do everything we can to ensure that our players are getting the most value,” Givins said.
The Network also has an extensive list of pre-paid tickets available.
The Network has a “Super Ticket Guarantee,” which will provide fans $5 million if they buy a ticket from the Network in the last four weeks.NFL Network ticket prices are subject to change, so fans are encouraged to check with their local NFL team before buying their tickets.
The Cowboys and Steelers have announced they will be opening up a portion of their stadium for the season, but fans will still have to wait until January 15 to sit through games.
The Cowboys’ stadium is set to open up for the preseason on Sept. 6 and the Steelers’ stadium opens up to the fans on Oct. 3.
The teams’ plans to open their stadiums will not affect their playoff spots, but it does raise the specter of a potential playoff run by the two teams.
The new season kicks off on Nov. 4, and there are a few other changes in store for the 2018 season, including a full year of free tickets, which will be available through the end of the season.