Orioles won't raise season ticket prices for 5th straight year

Orioles won't raise season ticket prices for 5th straight year
December 6, 2012, 5:15 pm
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The Orioles have decided not to raise ticket prices for season ticket holders. The club says it’s the fifth straight year without an increase.

Prices for season tickets range from $9 per game for upper reserve to $48 for certain sections of field boxes and club boxes. Last year, single game prices for the same seats ranged from $9 to $60 for most games when purchased in and up to $95 for “prime games.”  When purchasing on the day of the game, prices ranged from $10 to $99.

“Each year we evaluate a variety of factors when determining ticket prices, and this year we determined that we would leave season ticket prices the same as they have been for the past five seasons,” Greg Bader, the team’s Vice President for Communications said.

Their surprisingly successful season enabled attendance to rise 346,000 in 2012 to 2.1 million, the highest since 2007. It was the sixth largest gain in the majors. Another large increase in attendance is expected.

The team does not announce season ticket figures, but offered prime postseason tickets to fans who bought 2013 packages last fall.

At the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., which concluded on Thursday, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said there would be an increase of about $23 million to players under team control. Last year, the Orioles began the season with the 19th highest payroll, at around $81 million.

While the payroll could climb above $90 million and perhaps higher if the Orioles add another hitter, Duquette said he didn’t believe the team would be in the top 10 in payrolls.

The Orioles will begin mailing out renewals early next month. The price for single game tickets has not been announced.