M’s say they won’t raise ticket prices next year … sort of

Conor · October 4, 2008 at 11:44 am · Filed Under Mariners 

From Hickey in today’s PI. Kind of a no-brainer considering the team’s performance and the state of the economy. However…

One area where the Mariners thought their 2008 ticket plans did well were the seven games (against the Red Sox and Yankees) designated as “premium games.” The tickets for those games cost more and still sold well despite the premium price tag.

“The seven premium games worked well,” Armstrong said. “We’re thinking of expanding that.”

Any bets on what other teams will be considered premium competition next year? Angels? The arch-nemesis Padres? Rays?!?!

FWIW, here’s how the M’s stacked up against all other teams in terms of ticket prices in 2008.


9 Responses to “M’s say they won’t raise ticket prices next year … sort of”

  1. galaxieboi on October 4th, 2008 1:19 pm

    While ranking 15th in ‘fan cost index’ may seem like a pretty good deal at first glance, we should probably also consider the quality of the product on the field.

    Thanks for pointing out the quote and the article, Conor.

  2. killer_ewok18 on October 4th, 2008 2:03 pm

    By that logic, I think I should pay less to see awful teams.

    So like, teams who lost 100 games last year, for example…

  3. Conor on October 4th, 2008 2:17 pm

    Ha! That’s awesome, ewok!

  4. galaxieboi on October 4th, 2008 2:37 pm

    There’s something interesting. Tying ticket prices to on-field performance. The more games a team wins, the more the tickets cost. You’d think hard about buying season tickets than, huh? Of course, say you’ve got a team like the M’s. Tickets would be extra cheap because of their poor ’08 performance. By purchasing season tickets for ’09 you’d get in on the ground floor, so to speak.

  5. msb on October 4th, 2008 6:00 pm

    I find the whole ‘fan cost index’ just a little ridiculous.

    do families really pay for big money parking, buy more than one program, shell out for hats, drinks and dinner? maybe I just come from a cheap family…

  6. MattThompson on October 4th, 2008 6:45 pm

    Selig has some interesting things to say to teams about raising ticket prices: “Don’t get cocky”


  7. TomTuttle on October 4th, 2008 11:27 pm

    Okay, seriously.


    Chuck, if you have a miserable product in a miserable economy, why the hell would you even think about EXPANDING this “premium games” crap????

    Maybe if the Mariners weren’t so money hungry and were trying to win more I’d feel sorry for Chuck Armstrong, but that’s far from the case as long as this franchise is making a profit.

    Face it folks, this team won’t be good on the field and it won’t be a credible organization off the field until Armstrong and Lincoln are G-O-N-E, GONE.

    And that means having Nintendo sell to Chris Larson (probably).

  8. DMZ on October 5th, 2008 2:41 am

    Yeah, I don’t understand how any game where one team had the second-worst record in baseball can be “premium”.

  9. TomTuttle on October 5th, 2008 10:38 pm


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