SBD/May 31, 2012/Franchises

Packers Instituting Higher Fees On New Season-Ticket Holders

New Packers season-ticket holders will “pay a $3,000 per seat user fee beginning in 2013, when stadium expansion is complete,” according to Richard Ryman of the GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE. The Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District approved the new fee yesterday. The existing user fee of $2,000 was “put in place for the 2001 season to help pay for the renovation of Lambeau Field, completed in 2003.” The Packers are “adding about 6,700 seats in the south end zone,” and depending on the final seat number, “user fees could raise up to $20 million, all of which would go into the $143 million expansion.” The new fee will be charged to "each new season-ticket holder, whether they get seats in the new section or the existing bowl." Season-ticket holders who move "from the bowl to the new south end zone seating will not be required to pay again” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 5/31).

LESS IS MORE: In Cincinnati, Joe Reedy notes a “reduction in season-ticket prices has translated into an increase in sales for the Bengals.” With two- and four-game ticket packs going on sale next Thursday, the team announced that the seats, “which were reduced to $40 per game, are sold out.” Those tickets, “which were in rows 13 and higher in the Canopy levels of eight sections, were previously $60 per game” (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/31).
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