Ravens increasing price of tickets $10

Rise in season packages is 1st in 2 years

increase for lower-deck midfield $13

Pro Football

February 02, 2005|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

In a letter being sent out today, the Ravens are notifying season-ticket holders that their seats will increase by an average of nearly $10 for the 2005 season.

The average ticket will cost $66.27 -- up from last season's price of $56.72 -- and will place the team's prices between 10th and 16th in the NFL. The Ravens, who last raised their ticket prices two years ago, announced they will keep the figures the same for the 2006 season.

The largest increase is $13 for lower-deck seats at midfield, jumping from $77 to $90.

"This reflects the high demand for these seats and a study of prices for best seats at other NFL stadiums," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said.

Ticket prices next season will range from $35 to $90, which excludes suite and club-level seats.

In the letter, the Ravens said in order to compete they need to rank somewhere below the top five teams in ticket prices but above the bottom half of the 32-team league. Last season, the Ravens ranked 16th.

The Ravens' increase still keeps them below the Washington Redskins, whose average has stayed between $71 and $72 for four straight seasons. The New England Patriots, who are playing in their third Super Bowl in four seasons, charge an average of $78.90 for tickets.

The Ravens have enjoyed nine years of sellouts, a demand that has created a waiting list for season tickets.

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