Another Increase In Season-Ticket Sales Has Browns Looking At Possible Wait List In '15
The Browns have "increased their season ticket base" by about 10% in each of the last two years, and the season-ticket base is now "very close to whatever number they want," according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. That means it is "possible a good year on the field could produce a waiting list for season tickets" in '15. Single-game tickets were made available to the public Aug. 12, and "within 15 minutes," games against the Saints and Steelers "sold out, including all premium areas." Within 30 minutes, the Browns "sold enough single-game tickets to ensure no home TV blackouts." The Browns also have "sold out season suites" for '14 and have "only a few left for single games." The "average attendance for training camp was 3,364," with the previous best being 2,652. Traffic on the team website is up 101% from a year ago, and the Browns have the "No. 3 selling jersey in the NFL," with QB Johnny Manziel at No. 1 (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/23).
INTEREST UP ON SECONDARY MARKET: In Cleveland, Kevin Kleps examines the prices of Browns tickets of the secondary market and notes tickets on Vivid Seats have "increased 11.6% year-over-year,” while SeatGeek data shows Browns tickets “are up 30.5% -- the fourth-largest jump in the league.” Cleveland-based Amazing Tickets Owner Mark Klang said that the difference in the prices the team's games are fetching on the secondary market this year “is more than 40% ahead” of ‘13. Klang “credits the increase” to the presence of Manziel. Klang: “The Browns are on ESPN 24/7, they're on the NFL Network all the time -- that's all because of Johnny.” Kleps notes on the secondary market, the “hype, combined with the reduction of about 4,000 seats (FirstEnergy Stadium's capacity is now about 68,000), has meant better value for resellers.” Klang said that his Browns regular-season seats “all are selling for at least $100” (CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS, 8/25 issue).