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Eagles Raise Ticket Prices By Nearly 10%; Fans Petition For Color Change

The Eagles will "raise ticket prices" by an average of $8 in '13, marking the team's "first increase in season-ticket prices" since '09, according to Zach Berman of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Tickets will "range from $75 to $105, up from $70 to $95 last season." The average cost will be "about $93," marking a 9.45% increase over last season. The Eagles rank "No. 11 in the NFL in ticket prices," after ranking "14th last season." Some fans "expressed displeasure on Twitter, particularly about an increase coming after the worst Eagles season (4-12) in more than a decade." The Eagles on Thursday sent invoices to season-ticket holders with "a letter from team president Don Smolenski outlining the increase" (PHILLY.com, 1/31). In Newark, Jordan Raanan notes there will be "an 11-percent increase for the lower level sideline seats, 12-percent increase for the lower level end zone and seven percent for the upper level." The Eagles "claim their tickets still remain the lowest in the NFC East and 'middle third of the NFL'" (Newark STAR LEDGER, 2/1).

SKINS GAME
: In DC, Rich Campbell noted the Redskins have "increased the price of general admission tickets and parking" for the '13 season. The price of most seats will increase by "no more than" 10% and parking will be $40. General admission ticket and parking prices had been "unchanged for the previous seven seasons" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 1/31).

NO HORSING AROUND: In Indianapolis, Phil Richards reported a downtown admission tax increase enacted this week will "mean higher ticket prices" for Colts fans, a "circumstance with which the team is prepared to work." Colts COO Pete Ward said while the cost of some '13 seats will increase for the first time in three years, the majority of seats "will not see a price increase, regardless of the tax." He added that the team "intends to absorb most of the pain of the tax increase." The Colts have "sold out their past 87 home games, including playoffs, and 121 of their past 122" (INDYSTAR.com, 1/30).
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