Fresh off the team's worst season in 14 years, the Washington Bullets announced yesterday a ticket-price increase that will raise the cost of some seats by as much as $5.
But the Bullets also will open a family section at the Capital Centre next season that will offer half-price tickets for a still-to-be-determined number of seats behind the baskets.
The increase, the National Basketball Association team's first in five years, will push $17.50 seats to $22.50, $12.50 seats to $17.50 and $7.50 seats to $10. It will affect about 15,000 of the Capital Centre's 18,756 seats.
Not affected by the increase are the Gold VIP and VIP seats ($35-$100) behind the baskets and at courtside, and the $24.50 seats just behind the courtside VIP seats. The $5 cost of parking is included in the cost of the VIP and $24.50 seats when they are purchased as season tickets but will not be included in the tickets that are being increased.
The family section is still being planned, and Susan O'Malley, Bullets executive vice president, said it has not been determined how many seats will be set aside or whether they will be behind both baskets.
"The seats will be available for all 41 games, including Baltimore," she said. "We've been approached by some sponsors who would like to sponsor family sections."
The Bullets, who finished 30-52 this season, drew just over 12,000 fans a game, the best since 1978-79, the season after they won the league championship.