Packers To Raise Ticket Prices

Season ticket holders will have to dig deeper next year.

The Green Bay Packers today announced plans for a price increase on stadium bowl tickets for the 2012 season. The increase has a range from $3 to $5, depending on the section in the stadium bowl.

Invoices sent to season-ticket holders this week include a letter from Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy that discusses the increase.

“For the Packers, ticket revenue continues be an important component of our ability to remain financially competitive with the other 31 NFL teams,” Murphy said in the letter. “Our goal each year is to be at the league average in terms of our ticket prices. This increase maintains our position near the league average.”

Tickets in the end zone (sections 100-108, 131-138, 303-312 and 340-354) will increase $3 to $72, tickets from the 20-yard line to the end zone (sections 109-114, 125-130, 314-320 and 332-338) will increase $4 to $80, and tickets between the 20-yard lines (sections 115-124 and 322-330) will increase $5 to $92. Payment is due to the Packers ticket office March 30.

And if you want to complain about the increase keep this in mind.  Tickets are still cheaper than for fans of our division rivals.

Comparatively speaking around the NFC North for the 2011 season, the best sideline seat for the Vikings was $143, the Bears $140, and the Lions $110.

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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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