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Tix to (maybe) last Giants game at stadium available NOW!

Giants rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks walks off

Giants rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks walks off the field after the rookies worked out at Giants Stadium. (Credit: Photo by Craig Ruttle)

At 3 p.m. Friday, I visited Ticketmaster's Web site in search of four together for the Dec. 27 Panthers-Giants game, which barring a home playoff game will be the Giants' final game ever at Giants Stadium.

Sure enough, there they were: Section 323, Row 15, $80 apiece. Not bad.

But I wasn't looking to buy, just looking to look, after hearing about an unusual email the team sent recently to its season ticket holders and waiting list members.

It announced an exclusive online sale Wednesday for individual game tickets for 2009.

Usually, whatever individual tickets are available go to Ticketmaster without promotion, and quickly disappear.

So why the email? A team spokesman said the number of individual tickets available was not significantly higher than last year, but in the final season of the stadium the Giants decided to offer them first as a perk to season ticket holders and waiting list members.

They did not sell out in the exclusive offering, so the rest were put on Ticketmaster for the general public. Hence the Dec. 27 ducats being available.

(In the waning years of the old stadium, the Giants have been selling unrenewed season ticket plans as individual game tickets as they prepare for the transition to the new stadium in 2010, thus expanding the reservoir of individual tickets.)

Checked back on that Panthers game at 4:37 p.m. Found six together in the upper deck!

Wow. Turns out people aren't as nostalgic about closing football stadiums as they are about closing baseball stadiums.

Photo: Craig Ruttle

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