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Mariners raise ticket prices, decline to tell anyone

Oct 21, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

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No, really, they weren’t trying to deceive buyers. It was a totally innocent case of simply wanting more money.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times tells the story of Mariners fan Dave Hope, who was stunned to see his season-ticket price plan go up $692 when he got his bill this month.

When the Mariners sent out a mass email renewal letter to season-ticket holders, they said nothing about increasing prices. Season-ticket packages climbed as much as 7 percent in certain areas of the ballpark, and partial packages were up as high as 11 percent. However, some less desirable seats actually had their ticket prices cut by three percent.

“It varies from section to section,” Mariners senior VP Randy Adamack said. “That’s why it’s difficult to show on the map.”

Huh? What? It would have been remarkably easy to show on a map. In fact, that’s exactly what you should have done.

In their defense, Mariners tickets are still better priced than most. Still, the team has finished in last place three straight year, attendance has declined five straight years and payroll has dropped four straight years. A price hike is going to be a very tough sell.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Who doesn’t want to pay more to watch a last place team play? Did they mention that anytime Hernandez is scheduled to pitch prices are doubled?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Wow, such negative thinking. They finished ahead of 5 AL teams (6 if you count the Astros) and were in the thick of the playoff picture well into June. And they were host to 3 no-hitters. And they finally got rid of that Ichiro guy, who never once hit even .400. What more could you ask for?

  2. dondada10 - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Attendance is down? Must be that goddamn stubhub.

  3. randygnyc - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Brew crew- is that true? Prices are higher (doubled) when Felix pitches? Can’t be.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      It was a joke but maybe I just gave them a great idea.

  4. randygnyc - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    I wouldnt be surprised if they’d like to be able to do it. What I found surprising is that they could pull it off, logistically.

  5. raysfan1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    They only filled 44.4% of the seats in their stadium this year (last in all of MLB). If they want to maximize their income, they ought to price according to demand. (Same goes for my favorite team.)

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      That’s what I would think. Now I’m no economics major but I would think that if they lowered some prices maybe it would attract more people to come which would make them more money. Its certainly a risk but potentially a boon. Wonder if any team in any of sport has tried this approach and what the results were.

  6. 1sportschica - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    As long as Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln continue to have anything to do with the organization, this team goes nowhere, as has been the case for almost two decades. Fans who continue to spend money to fill the seats to watch a less than mediocre product year in and year out deserve what they get. And that ownership is raising ticket prices at all is a glaring example of their arrogance and indifference to those who want to remain loyal to the M’s. I look forward to the day we have a new facility for professional basketball and hockey right next door to the Mariner’s stadium. We deserve better.

  7. denny65 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    But…but…but they’ve moved the fences in at Safeco! Surely that’s worth a 7-11% ticket price increase, right?

    I mean, now Brendan “Mendoza, baby!” Ryan has a chance to pop one over the center field fence, at least two, maybe three times in a season. That’s worth, what? at least an additional $4-$5 per ticket, wouldn’t you say?

  8. rcali - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    To be fair, the owners box needs some rehab work. And somebody has to pay for the people to move the fences in.

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