Ravens' Sale Of Single-Game Seats To Coincide With NFL Schedule Release
The Ravens are putting single-game seats "up for sale" tonight coinciding with the release of the '18 schedule to "try to tap into fans' anticipation and better compete with secondary ticket brokers," according to Jeff Barker of the BALTIMORE SUN. Ravens Senior VP/Ticket Sales & Operations Baker Koppelman said the secondary ticket market "has really become a significant thing in the past few years." Koppelman: "We're competing with it. If you're going to compete with something, you want to compete from start to finish." Barker notes individual-game tickets last year "did not go on sale until June." Koppelman said the shift to what he called "the highest demand day of the year" is not the result of "any negativity or any panic." The Ravens said that season-ticket renewals are down nearly 5% "compared with this time a year ago." The club "acknowledged that there were a noticeably higher number of no-shows" this past season at M&T Bank Stadium due to player protests during the national anthem. The Ravens said they are reaching out to many fans about player protests and "redoubling the efforts of both the organization and our players to make the Baltimore area a better community." Koppelman said that selling some tickets early was "not part of the effort to curb no-shows" (BALTIMORE SUN, 4/19).
HOT OFF THE PRESS: In Cincinnati, Jim Owczarski reported the Bengals also for the first time will “allow fans to purchase single-game tickets for each game immediately” after the schedule is announced. If fans buy their tickets through the team, they “will not be subject to additional processing fees when they choose mobile tickets as the delivery option.” Small fees “will remain for will-call pickup or direct mail.” The Bengals are also running an online contest in which anyone who can correctly guess the opponent for their home opener will be “entered into a lottery, where a winner will be drawn and receive four tickets to the game” (CINCINNATI.com, 4/18).