Thursday, January 20, 2011

Single Game Tickets in 2011; Big Bad Vlad

There’s been a lot of talk of this online, but if you have not read it … the Orioles are raising theraising the price of single-game tickets in 2011single-game tickets in 2011.

Most people are not happy about the changes, obviously. As we all know too well, the Orioles have not had a season over .500 since 1997.

For the first time since after the 2006 season, the Orioles are raising single game ticket prices at Camden Yards.

All tickets -- except for the cheapest, left-field, upper reserve seats which will remain at $8 and $9 -- will increase in cost for 2011, ranging from $1 to $7 extra depending on the game desired and when the tickets are purchased.

Greg Bader, the club’s director of communications, said non-prime, advance tickets will increase on average $3, which would make the average price for those tickets roughly $28. The average season-ticket price remains at about $23, below the 2010 Major League Baseball average of $27, according to Bader.

In reality, Oriole ticket prices are fairly low to begin with in comparison to most teams in the league. However, much like last year with the ‘day-of-game’ pricing, I don’t think fans should be subjected to pay more for a product that has sadly been inferior for many years.

That is, until significant progress has been made in the win column.

Honestly, I don’t know if the new ticket pricing structure was enacted to make up for potential loss of revenue with the reduction of the seating capacity of Camden Yards or whatever.

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