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The Tigers have jacked up ticket prices

Feb 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

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The Detroit Tigers have seen attendance increases in each of the past two seasons. Coming off an AL pennant is likely to drive up demand. At least that’s what the Tigers are anticipating. They’ve jacked up prices for every seat in the house:

Tigers individual-game ticket prices recently were posted on the ballclub’s website — conveniently, very quietly, without a peep or a press release — and prices have been raised across the board. Not a single section in the ballpark was spared, as fans certainly will notice when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 2.

The cheapest seats in the park used to cost $5. Those have gone up to $12. The bleacher seats have gone up from $6 to $23. They have added pricing tiers, but their “value” tiers — for April and May games — are still more expensive than the cheapest seats used to be.

Overall the Tigers are still not among the most expensive tickets in baseball. But fans accustomed to getting into Comerica Park for a relative pittance are gonna have to fork over a bit more.

(thanks to Allison — who is gonna make me buy her Tigers tickets this year, so this story is personal — for the heads up).

  1. edmata - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    well at least they are not as expensive as the yankee stadium one.

  2. pestiesti - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    The price of my partial season ticket package didn’t change. I wonder if they’ve sold more tickets as part of packages and are changing the single ticket prices to reflect what is in effect a change in supply.

  3. crashdavis99 - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Just a small correction, bleacher seats went up $6.00 (from $17.00) to $23.00. In a side note, Little Caesars “Hot-N-Nasty” pizza’s are now $20, not $5. Somebody’s got to foot the bill for the payroll.

    • vanmorrissey - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Little Caesars = YECHHHH. Like you say, it ain’t the pizzas paying the payroll it’s the tickets. And will get higher when Verlander resigns next year or so.

  4. hojo20 - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    The bubble will burst on baseball prices one day.

    • jlovenotjlo - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:45 AM

      Just ask the white sox, who were forced to lower prices after a sub 2 million attendance year

      • hojo20 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        Yeah I sat in the upper bowl @ the Cell for $27+ ticket fees. What a ripoff.

  5. beelza - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    If this needs to happen so that Fielder, Cabrera and Verlander will stay in Detroit no problem. They win a WS within the next two years, double prices and I’ll still keep my seats-probably sell a few more games-no problem here.

  6. craggt - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    The prices are still completely reasonable. The most expensive ticket in the house is $90 and the least expensive is $12. I think those are very reasonable numbers, and you’ll probably still be able to get $5 tickets on stubhub for more sparsely attended games.

  7. timmons94 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I remember having Indians season tix the first 5 years Jacobs field opened. Best seats in house were 16 a pop. Well ours were and were good seats right behind home plate. Now those are over 50. 12 or so years later over 300 percent increase. My salary increases 4 percent each year. Has got to stop

    • blingslade - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Yeah, they were trying to get you hooked early.

  8. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    people forget the difference in what people make in Detroit since it has one of the higest unemployment rates going from 12 to 23 is huge.

  9. timmons94 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    If ticket goes from 17 to 23. For family of 4 that is huge. Those 24 could of parked your car and maybe bought a few hot dogs. It really is crazy. Will catch up sooner or later. Has in nfl. No one wants to pay over 200 bucks for a club seat that gets u nothing but into club level.

  10. Detroit Michael - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Obviously I’m not crazy about paying more, but most sports ticket prices rise faster than inflation.

    Metro Detroit’s unemployment rate is higher than the rest of the country, but no longer by a ridiculous margin: http://www.bls.gov/web/metro/laummtrk.htm

  11. blingslade - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    If the ticket prices really do range from approx 15 – 90 then that isn’t all that bad.

    As a father I take my kids out to the ball game once or twice every year and they love every minute of it.

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