SBD/February 20, 2013/Franchises

Ravens Raise Season-Ticket Prices An Average Of 10% Following Super Bowl Win

The Ravens will raise ticket prices at M&T Bank Stadium for the '13 season, their "first increase in four years and their sixth since their downtown stadium opened in 1998," according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore SUN. Ravens Senior VP/Public & Community Relations Kevin Byrne said that season-ticket holders will "see an average increase of 10 percent per ticket in the seating bowl area." That does "not include club or suite level seats, which will likely see a smaller increase from last season." Tickets will now "range from $62 to $140 for all seats not in the club or suite level." Gameday parking in the team’s 4,800 controlled spots "also will go up from $35 to $40 per car." Byrne said that the "revised prices will remain the same" through the '14 season, meaning there "will be no increase next year." Zrebiec reports the news comes at a time when the organization "is accelerating plans for improvements at M&T Bank Stadium." The plan will include "some changes to the stadium’s concession areas along with other renovations." They will be "done in two phases with the first phase being completed" prior to the start of the '13 preseason. Team and stadium officials will "unveil those plans later this week." The Ravens have "sold out every game at M&T Bank Stadium and they maintain a 3,000-person waiting list for season tickets" (Baltimore SUN, 2/20).

MORE CHEDDAR: In Green Bay, Richard Ryman noted the Packers are "raising ticket prices for the fourth consecutive year, keeping them in the middle of the NFL pack." The team yesterday said that it will "raise prices $2 to $5 for Lambeau Field bowl seating, depending on the section." Nearly "half of the seats will increase $2." The Packers "ranked 17th in the 32-team NFL last year in average ticket price." The average cost "for bowl seating in 2012 was $79.54." It will be $83.54 in '13, "including the new south end zone seats" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 2/19). In Milwaukee, Tom Silverstein noted the Packers are "close to completing" a $143M expansion of Lambeau Field, which includes "an additional 7,000 seats in the south end zone as well as space that will be used for premium seating." In addition, they have a $140.5M plan "to renovate the Atrium, which will be completed for the 2015 season." However, Packers Public Affairs Dir Aaron Popkey said that none of the ticket increases were made "with either renovation in mind because the cost is being covered in other ways" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/19).
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