Phillies to hike some ticket prices

Posted: November 09, 2011

Phillies season ticketholders will receive invoices for their 2012 tickets this week, and many will see a price increase.

Tickets in the Hall of Fame club and infield will go up by $5; the best seats along the baselines are up by $3; and other areas will see an increase of $1 or $2. Prices in a portion of Citizens Bank Park will remain unchanged.

Seats will cost from $16 to $65 per game.

The Phillies will put six-packs on sale on Nov. 28, with the increase for individual-game tickets to be similar to those for season tickets. Individual game tickets will go on sale early next year.

John Weber, vice president of sales, said the increases are "very modest."

"It's never easy to raise ticket prices," he said. "We have great support from our fans, and that's why we don't do blanket increases. We look at each area of the ballpark . . . The infield, the Hall of Fame and the close-in baseline seats have a lot of value.

"We are very fortunate to have the fan support and hopefully, the streak of 204 consecutive sellouts will continue."

Citizens Bank Park has a capacity of 43,651. The Phillies have capped season-ticket sales at 28,500 and have a waiting list of about 3,000.

The Phillies drew 3,680,718 fans last season, an average of 45,440, which is 104 percent of capacity.

Weber said he is not expecting many cancellations. "Our fans have been great." He also said that if fans wanted to move to less expensive areas, "we will work with anyone who wants to move to another seating area."

According to Team Marketing Report, the Phillies' average ticket price last season was $36.29, fifth in baseball. The average for all of MLB was $26.91.

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