Thursday, October 18, 2012

Phillies toy with success on ticket prices







For the years that the Phillies were riding a wave of success on the playing field from 2007 to 2012, the price of tickets slowly rose to a level that wasn't out of reach for baseball fans at the same time, tickets basically doubled in price over that time period. Ever since the Citizen's Bank Park opened in 2004, tickets have been rising though and at a pretty steep clip and this year, the Phillies will leave that 'fan friendly' way of slowly rising ticket prices and introduce a new way to price games for their fans.

This year, if you want to see teams that are historically good draws and our rival teams, it will cost you a whole lot more to see your favorite team take the field and watch baseball in person down at Citizens Bank Park.

For season ticket holders,  pricing has been adjusted so that you don't really see a huge increase in price overall that is over the amount that you used to pay for your seats, even though these prices have steadily rose over the years for season tickets as well. The Phillies will be lowering prices on certain games to season ticket holders to offset the higher prices on the other games. Make no mistake though, this kind of ticket pricing is being employed to make much more money at the gate and to introduce fans to much higher prices that they've probably ever dreamed of paying to see a ball game.

Is that really what the Phillies want to do after such a poor season, when the Phillies couldn't even produce a winning record at home this year? The Phillies management seems to have forgotten to times when there was barely 15,000 fans in the seats at the massive Vet Stadium for a lot of the games in the 1980's and 1990's when teams that the Phillies fielded didn't do well. Those times could return especially in this bad economy.

The New York Yankees have been soundly criticized for charging very high prices to their games in the playoffs this season. Ticket prices in the ALCS at home in New York were an average price of $226 throughout the whole stadium, and large areas of seats went unfilled. There were unsold tickets and even more tickets for sale on the Stub Hub site, where some fans used to try to make money on the success of a team.

Philadelphia is not New York, but slowly the Phillies seem to think they can start charging a whole lot more than we've ever seen to attend a game in person. We'll see what happens with this as the 2013 season dawns and whether or not fans will be digging deep to see baseball with this new pricing structure which is nothing more than a shell game and a way to introduce much higher prices to the fans who support the team. 

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