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Phillies Raise Ticket Prices, Readers are Pissed

Kyle Scott - November 5, 2010

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"I remember when you could sit in the infield at a Phillies game for $20"

I step away from my computer for a few moments and come back to angry emails from readers complaining that the Phillies raised ticket prices.

I'm not sure a $2-$5 increase (depending on the seat) is all that drastic, given the fact that the Phillies have sold out 123 straight games and have been to three straight NLCS.  BUT when you're team gets beat by a rag-tag Giants club and by all accounts will let their star right fielder walk because he demands too much money, well, people aren't going to be happy.

Funny email from reader "Jason," calling Rub "Ruin Tomorrow Jr.":

The face value (season tix holder cost) of my Section 102 outfield seats in 2005 was $21. The 2010 face was $29 after yet another increase last year. Now I get my statement and they are raising prices $3 each ticket. Last year was bad because they raised prices yet cried poor and dumped Cliff Lee's salary only to give Bum Blanton a raise and now $3 a game. Thats 52% in 6 years! WTF?!
Ruin Tomorrow Jr. better sign a slam dunk free agent and stop pocketing the profits. I wouldn't care as much if the money was going into a winning team but they are def squeezing us for profits and not to improve the team. With over 100+ consecutive sellouts they are hardly strapped for cash and when I called the front office the response I got was "supply and demand". More like the ch squeezing the little guys to get richer!

I got similar, angry emails.

Nick in the comments was a little more reasonable:

Stop getting mad at this. The Phillies are finally a powerhouse in all facets of being a franchise. Great stadium, great team, great fans, and a national appeal. When you are this good, you have to do things to stay on top. As annoying as it is, they need money to stay where they are and I can't fault them for doing what they can to keep the franchise strong.

Sports are a business, but it is one of the only businesses that plays on the emotion of its customers. Sometimes you just don't want to piss those people off.  However, a slight increase on a very successful product isn't exactly "screwing fans."

Details of the increases after the jump.

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Mets Lower Tickets Prices Because They’re Terrible

Kyle Scott - November 4, 2010

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Womp, womp.

That's right, a team that plays in the largest city in America and has a two year old stadium that was only filled to 77% capacity this season, will be cutting ticket prices by an average of 14% for 2011.

From the press release:

Within the 14%-plus average price decrease, the Mets have made a full range of market-based adjustments to Citi Field's 41,800 seats:

  • Ticket prices for 62% of the ballpark have been reduced
  • More than half of all seats have double-digit price reductions
  • 18% of the seats have been cut by 20% or more
  • 8% of seats have price decreases of 30% or more
  • Several seat categories have modest increases that average approximately 5% 

In addition, fans will have access to "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunities through the new "Amazin' Mets Perks."  Heh.  I'm guessing this includes the option of having Francisco Rodriguez beat your father-in-law and Johan Santana hump your leg.  That's not confirmed, however.

I spoke with successful ticket broker, who told me the following about the market for Mets tickets:

Save for opening day and the subway series, the Mets just don't attract fans to their stadium.  Although Yankee Stadium has more than its fair share of exorbirantly priced seats, it does have a redeeming offer–$12 bleacher seats which offer a decent lower level view.  Other teams like the Phillies and Red Sox offer similar cheaply priced seats. I have yet to find anything that resembles a deal for Mets tickets on both the broker side (resale side) and fan side (bang for the buck). 

It appears the Mets took a mentality going into the new ballpark:  build an attraction first, then worry about the team second.  People want to see a game, not a glamorous food court.  The 14% discount is a start, but still not enough to make tremors.  A 50% reduction would be a better decision.  Overall, it was not a decision made for the fans as indicated in the Met's press release.  It was an admission of poor decision making and failure to adjust for recessionary times.

The amazin' Mets, folks.

Sixers Remind Us They Still Exist by Screwing Fans With “Variable Pricing”

Kyle - October 12, 2010

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Photo Courtesy of Philebrity.com

The Philadelphia 76ers are the bastard child of Ed Snider.  His neglect for the team has led them straight to the bottom of the NBA standings and attendance rankings.  The average number of fans at any given Sixers home game last year was just a shade over 14,000, the fifth worst in the entire league.  With the Phillies in three straight League Championship Series, the Flyers reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Eagles being perennial playoff contenders, it is easy to forget about the Sixers.  What was once a proud and dominant franchise in the late 70's and early 80's has turned in to a joke.

Now Snider, in his infinite wisdom, has decided that the best way to bring people back to the stadium is to rape them at the gates when a marquee opponent is in town.  This is detailed in a report by the Philadelphia Business Journal. For example-  when the Miami Heat comes to town for this season's home opener, tickets prices will change from the normal range of $15-$119 all the way up to as high as $238! 

This is a total insult to the few Sixers fans who are still willing to shell out money to see their team play.  Since the Sixers refuse to put together a team that is able to compete at a level that makes them relevant, they had to come up with an alternate plan to make money.  To accomplish this task they have chosen a few well constructed franchises, the Heat and Lakers, and pimped them out at the Wells Fargo Center for nearly double the cost of a normal regular season game. The message from Snider seems obvious:  If you want to see the Sixers play, it will cost you one price, but if you want to see real basketball you're going to have to pay up, fools  (Snider then lets out an evil cackle and the jumps in to his Coffin for some sleep).

Shawn Bradley, Ed Stefanski, the Princeton offense, Sammy Dalembert, resigning AI for thee games: these were all bad Sixers memories that everyone has to deal with.  This time, however, they have taken the cake.  It's bad enough to raise ticket prices in these tough economic times, but to turn a profit off of another team's success, well, that is just despicable.

Of course, you CAN get tickets for well below those prices at Crossing Broad Tickets.