It wasn't really a question of if the Blue Jays were going to eventually hike ticket prices, it was a matter of when. So it wasn't all that surprising to learn the Toronto Blue Jays are increasing their ticket prices for 2015.
The team recently unveiled their pricing structure for their 2015 Season Tickets and Flex Packs on their website and indeed there are increases across the board (save for one section).
|2015 Blue Jays Flex Pack Prices|
|40 Game||20 Game||15 Game||10 Game|
|Field Level Infield||$2,400||$1,320||$922.5||$630|
|200 Level Bases||$1,770||$970||$682.5||$465|
|Field Level Bases||$1,770||$970||$682.5||$465|
|100 Level Outfield||$1,100||$645||$450||$305|
|200 Level Outfield||$1,050||$575||$405||$275|
There is no confirmation yet from the Blue Jays that single game prices are on the rise, but with season ticket and flex pack prices increasing, that invariably means single game tickets will go up as well.
By comparison, here are last year's prices for the very same Flex Packs.
|2014 Blue Jays Flex Pack Prices|
|40 Game||20 Game||15 Game||10 Game|
|Field Level Infield||$2,320||$1,280||$915||$625|
|200 Level Bases||$1,540||$880||$615||$425|
|Field Level Bases||$1,540||$880||$615||$425|
|100 Level Outfield||$960||$560||$395||$265|
|200 Level Outfield||$950||$500||$360||$245|
By the looks of things, there are price increases all across the board; in some cases the difference is minimal, but in some instances there are astronomical increases.
If you used to purchase a 500 Level 40 game Flex Pack, what used to cost $302 dollars now increases to $440; a hike of 45%. And with the status of the beloved Ballpark Pass still in question, life just might have gotten much more expensive for the 500 Level fans.
For 500 Level 15 game Flex Pack holders, the price jumps 50% from $120 dollars to $180 dollars. Although those packs might not be that much in the first place, it breaks down to an extra $4 per game.
Again, I'm not completely sure how these increases will exactly affect single game tickets, but there may only be a nominal hike, especially at the lower-priced tickets. The increases also affect Season Ticket holders, which have also seen price hikes for 2015.
|Blue Jays Season Ticket Prices|
|In The Action Seats||$16,200||$17,010||5%|
|Field Level Infield||$4,078||$4,536||11%|
|200 Level Infield||$4,078||$4,536||11%|
|Field Level Bases||$3,103||$3,321||7%|
|200 Level Bases||$3,103||$3,321||7%|
|100 Level Outfield||$1,907||$2,187||15%|
|200 Level Outfield||$1,907||$1,863||-3%|
Once again, the 500 Level fans are the ones who take the biggest hit, with season ticket holders seeing a 22% price increase compared to last year for their Blue Jays tickets. Depending where you sit, you could see anywhere from a 5 to 22% price hike.
The only price decrease fans will find is with 200 Level Outfield season tickets, where the price has actually dropped 3% from $1,907 to $1,863 compared to this past season.
Not many would have questioned a price increase had the Blue Jays made the postseason, and this news will likely irk many faithful fans who haven't seen their team make they playoffs for the past 21 years. A price hike was inevitable, the timing is just unfortunate.
I'll give credit to the Blue Jays, they've managed to keep ticket prices frozen for the last several years. As far as I can tell, tickets have been the same price since 2010.
For most fans, I don't think a few bucks here or there is really going to make much of a difference. Even with the impending price increase, tickets to a Blue Jays game are still one of the best values in Toronto when it comes to professional sports.
A family of four can still easily attend a Blue Jays game for less than $100 dollars. Tack on concessions and parking, it's still just a little over $100 dollars for an afternoon or evening of entertainment.
Note: DJF also has a great roundup of the Blue Jays' ticket price increase.
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