SBD/January 21, 2011/Franchises

Orioles Increase Single-Game Ticket Prices For Majority Of Seats

The Orioles are "raising single-game ticket prices at Camden Yards" for the first time since after the '06 season, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore SUN. Prices for all individual-game tickets "will increase -- except for the cheapest, left-field, upper reserve seats which will remain at $8 and $9 -- with the hikes ranging from $1 to $8 extra depending on the game desired and when the tickets are purchased." The average single-game ticket will go up $3 in '11. Orioles Dir of Communications Greg Bader noted that while "performance on the field is certainly taken into consideration before a ticket hike, several factors must be weighed." Bader: "It's part of the decision-making process, but isn't the primary driver. Like any business decision, there are multiple factors, including increasing costs on our part." Connolly notes there will be "fewer tickets to buy in 2011, because renovations to Camden Yards' seating bowl and the installation of a viewing deck will reduce seating capacity from 48,290 to 45,971." Bader stressed that the Orioles have "maintained the same prices for regular, advance-sale tickets for the past four seasons and haven't had an across the board hike" since '03. The Orioles will "continue to implement higher 'prime-game prices' for all contests against" the Yankees and Red Sox, as well as Opening Day on April 4 against the Tigers. The "extra charge for walk-up purchases on the day of the game, which was implemented for the first time last year," also will return in '11. Bader said that that policy "had little to no effect on the number of walkups" in '10 (Baltimore SUN, 1/21).
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