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Dodgers lowering ticket prices for 96 percent of their seats

Oct 24, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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Overall attendance at Dodger Stadium declined by 18 percent this year and many loyal customers decided they’ve had enough, with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reporting that the Dodgers’ season ticket base has dropped from 27,000 in 2007 to 17,000 in 2011.

Not surprisingly the Dodgers have decided to lower their ticket prices for next season, cutting the face value on 96 percent of their seats. Eric Stephen of True Blue LA notes that many of the new prices are the ballpark’s lowest in decades.

As part of their effort to lure back those fed up customers the Dodgers will also open the ballpark an hour early next year, allowing season ticket holders to catch batting practice, although given Los Angeles fans’ reputation for showing up late that seemingly won’t be a great draw.

  1. kopy - Oct 24, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Oh I don’t know. I’ve seen plenty of people show up for BP in Dodger Stadium, but mostly because of this dude’s escapades:

  2. cityofsharks - Oct 24, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    F#*k “L.A” who cares!!!!

    • Jeff M. - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Or alternatively. . . Who cares what YOU have to say?

  3. halladaysbiceps - Oct 24, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    If I were a Dodgers fan, this would be joyous news. Now, if other MLB teams could follow suit and cut prices to help fans out in these tough economic times, they would get even more fans to show up.

    Kudos to you, Mr. McCourt!

    • Old Gator - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Problem is, most other teams aren’t in McCourt’s desperate straits. He’s not doing this out of overweening paternalism for the deprived and malnourished. He’s doing it because the falloff in revenue is killing him.

    • Jeff M. - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      To quote Admiral Ackbar, “It’s a trap!”

      Changing prices won’t help. We’re not going to Dodger games because of the prices, we’re not going because the owner is a tool. McCourt still doesn’t seem to get that.

  4. SmackSaw - Oct 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Boot the owner and they won’t have to. People aren’t showing up because they want to starve him out. Free the Dodgers!

    • Jeff M. - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

      Exactly! I’ve been avoiding Dodger games not because I can’t afford the $8 bucks for a bleacher seat, but because I don’t know which lawyer’s pocket that $8 will be going into.

      The sooner McCourt is out, the sooner LA is back to business.

  5. loungefly74 - Oct 24, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    cheaper prices for seats is always a good thing.

  6. rcali - Oct 24, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Now if they could work on the lowering the food, drink, and parking prices I might actually think about battling traffic to go to a game to watch Juan Uribe hit .200.

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