The last time the Bears raised ticket prices after an unsuccessful season, when I voiced a little frustration, I got bashed with the implication that season ticket holders should feel honored to have them no matter how expensive they are. So I’ll just start with one comment I received about it:
The fact the Bears raised ticket prices yet again during this clown car search of an offseason is ludicrous, but I know you guys have no choice but to suck it up and renew or flat out cancel. Now they’re getting close to $100 a ticket/game in an offseason leading into a year with a lame duck idiot of a HC, a clueless GM, and a front office run by people that show no regard for their fan base.
That pretty much sums it up.
I do realize that I’m lucky to have season tickets, and I know it’s my choice to pay what they’re asking or leave. But I’ll say it again. This is a tough economic climate. I thank God that I do have a job, but many companies this year will be giving no salary increases, not even a cost of living increase. Yet the Bears are raising the cost of my tickets 12%. The way it’s going, next year they’ll get another 10, then 10 the year after, and I have to think at some point me of modest means will indeed be priced out.
I used to be proud to say I had the cheapest seats in the house at $68. That’s no longer true. Mine have been raised to $76 per seat while others are remaining at $68.
Bears CEO Ted Phillips often cites the fact that the Bears have to remain in the top 10 in ticket costs because they built the smallest stadium in the NFL in 2003. Excuse me, but did I have anything to do with them choosing to build the NFL’s smallest stadium with a ton of premium skyboxes from which the Bears earn top dollar?
I’ll shut up now, because there’s nothing I can do about it.