Tigers make some ticket price hikes

by billfer on November 14, 2008 · 4 comments

in 2009 Season,Fan Experience

The Tigers are adjusting some prices, on some games. The following areas won’t see an increase to their base ticket prices: Outfield Box, Right Field Grandstand, Bleachers, Kaline’s Corner and the Upper Level. That comprises 70% of the capacity. The base price is the key here because the team will have premium pricing for 21 of the 81 games.

The variable pricing will apply to the three-game series with the Cubs and Red Sox, and Friday and Saturday games in June, July, and August, and Opening Day.

Basically it seems that the team is trying to make the majority of games affordable to a majority of the people while trying to get a little extra revenue on the premium seats. Given the economy any price hike isn’t going to be received well, but considering the increase in payroll that the team committed to last year and this year, this seems to be pretty minimal.

Those who get season tickets will still get discounts and be immune to variable pricing.

Individual game tickets will go on sale March 7th.

 
 

{ 4 comments }

rings November 14, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Great…I’m sure my rep will be sure to point out my immunity to me when they call to renew my season tix…LOL!

Tbone November 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Drew Sharp called this the “Dontrelle Willis Tax” in the Freep today.

I don’t think the hikes are all that significant. I’m particularly pleased that the Mezzanaine seats have not gone up. I think they are the best deal in the house, especially Sections 216-219.

David December 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm

This is pretty gross

Upping your ticket prices significantly when you have a horrible season…

Quantity demanded was sure to go down either way

Even if the demand is highest on the weekends and Friday, it is still crappy for anyone who doesn’t buy 81games

billfer December 3, 2008 at 6:51 pm

What’s gross about it. They upped the payroll significantly. Part of that is going to get passed on to the fans regardless of the record. The Tigers hold their prices in check for the most part for over 5 years and they make some small increases to some tickets for some games and it’s a problem?

Yes, attendance was going to go down, but it’s not because of the $2 extra per ticket on Friday nights. It’s because the waves of scalpers who bought season tickets only to sell them won’t be doing that again, the team didn’t play well, and the economy is in the crapper.

And you don’t have to buy 81 games to avoid the premium. It doesn’t apply to partial season ticket holders either.

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