Box seats for the Orioles will cost almost 20 percent more next year when the Orioles open their first season in the new Camden Yards ballpark against the Cleveland Indians April 6, the team announced today.
Reserved seats will go up 6 percent, while the lowest priced general admission and bleacher tickets will be the same price or lower.
Overall, prices will range from a $4 bleacher view to an $18 seat at the club level.
Lower box and terrace box seat prices will increase by $2, to $13 HTC and $12, respectively, the team said. Box seats account for about 40 percent of the stadium's 46,000 seats.
Reserved seats, which account for 27 percent of the stadium's capacity, will be sold for $8 a ticket, an increase of 50 cents from this year's prices at Memorial Stadium.
General admission costs will remain the same at $4.75 a ticket, and admission prices for children, senior citizens and students will be reduced 50 cents to $1 and $2, respectively.
The most expensive ticket at the new ballpark will be on the club level, where fans will be charged $18 a game and required to purchase a season ticket for the location.
In addition, club level patrons will be charged a $500 fee for use of the Club Lounge, a posh restaurant and bar that wraps around the mezzanine-level seats and offers a panoramic view of the city, bringing the ticket total to $1,958 for 81 games. There are 4,400 club level seats available.
"We also ask our fans to remember this is only the second time in the last six years that the Orioles have increased any ticket prices," said Oriole President Larry Lucchino. "And even with the increase, most Orioles ticket prices will still fall below the league average next season."
Lucchino said the average box seat price in the American League is expected to average $13 next year and he said that the $4 charge for one of 1,800 bleacher seats available is the lowest in major league baseball.
The Orioles have almost sold out the 60 luxury sky boxes that will seat about 900 fans. The suites range in price from $95,000 to $55,000.
Individual tickets for 1992 games will go on sale this fall while full and mini-season ticket packages are now on sale, said Oriole spokesman Rick Vaughan.
Vaughan said that between 1985 and 1991, entertainment costs in the metropolitan area have increased 32 percent, while Oriole ticket costs have increased 25 percent during the same time.
The opener in the $105.4 million ballpark will be an afternoon game. The first night game will be April 8.
Lucchino said the new schedule will feature more afternoon games as an experiment, although he said the team and Maryland Stadium Authority are still wary of parking and traffic problems that afternoon games might create.