Packers increase ticket prices

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Doubt this will impact the waiting list.

The Green Bay Packers announced Friday they would increase ticket prices by an average of $9 a ticket next season.

The increases range from $8 to $11, depending on the Lambeau Field section.

The increase marks the first increase since the 2007 season.

Tickets were priced at $72, $64 and $59 last season.

Season tickets between the 20-yard lines (sections 115-124 and 322-330) now will be priced at $83, other sideline seats (sections 109-114, 125-130, 314-320 and 332-338) will be $73 and end-zone seats (sections 100-108, 131-138, 303-312 and 340-354) will cost $67.

Invoices are going out to season-ticket holders next week.

Mark Murphy, the team’s president and CEO, said the decision was difficult, “but after much consideration, we felt it was necessary for the competitiveness of the franchise.”

Need to remain competitive, especially with the prospect of no CBA next year.

In a letter to season-ticket holders, Murphy said ticket prices were important to team operations.

“The new pricing strengthens our ability to be competitive both on and off the field with teams in larger markets. With the future landscape regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement unknown, teams will be even more competitive in terms of generating revenue. The increased revenue will allow us to focus financial resources on supporting a successful football team, our No. 1 goal.

“Over the past three years our average stadium bowl ticket price fell to 30th in the NFL. Being in that position puts us at a disadvantage from a business standpoint, a situation not viable to the long-term prospects of our publicly owned franchise. For that reason, it is crucial for the Packers to be efficient, smart and competitive with our financial resources, including maintaining an appropriate ticket price.

“This ticket-price increase will bring us closer to the NFL average and continue to recognize the value of Lambeau Field’s gameday experience.” (Source: JSOnline Packers Blog)

For those who care to whine about the prices keep this in mind.

The Packers said their best sideline seats remain less expensive than at other stadiums in the NFL North. In 2009, the best sideline seat for the Vikings was $117, the Bears $108, and the Lions $90.

If you’re a season ticket holder your payment is due March 31.

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