Ravens tickets set for increase of 8.7 percent

Hike is first in 3 years as average rise is $6

January 24, 2003|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

The Ravens will increase their ticket prices for the first time in three years, raising the cost of all seats by an average of $6.

A letter is being sent out today to season-ticket holders explaining the average increase of non-premium seating (which excludes suite and club seats) from $50.82 last year to $56.60 this season. Club-level seating will go up either $2.50 or $7.50 depending on location.

The Ravens were 22nd in the league in average ticket price last year and are projected to be ranked in the middle of the NFL - probably 15th or 16th - with this year's 8.7 percent increase.

"The ticket price increase is never a pleasant thing to do or announce," said Kevin Byrne, the team's vice president of public relations. "But there are competitive realties in our business. We've always been fair in our pricing. We've always aimed to stay in the middle of the pack, which we will be once this ticket price goes into effect. This will be money used toward signing free agents, our early draft picks and to try to make our team better."

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