Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The cheap seats are still affordable
By Ian Hunter
Yesterday, the organization announced some increases in ticket prices for the 2010 season. This decision goes along with the season ticket increase they announced back in November.
Most notably, the infamous $9 cheap seats have gone up in price to $11 per ticket. For the most part, single game ticket prices will remain unchanged from last season.
Some are outraged that the Blue Jays are bumping up ticket prices, but let's face the facts - the recession is pretty much over and the economy is back on its feet again. Inflation is inflation and there's nothing you can do about it - if that two dollars was really going to make or break your decision to catch a game at the Rogers Centre, then you weren't really interested in going in the first place.
Dollar for dollar in the city of Toronto, there is no better value than a baseball game at the Rogers Centre. Compare the new minimum $11 dollar ticket price for a Jays game to $27 for a Leafs game, $43 for a Raptors game, and even $23 for a Toronto FC game.
Even if the prices of the 500 Level tickets shot up to $20, they would still be far and away the cheapest ticket in town. Hell, I've paid much more than $11 dollars to even sit on a beer-soaked concrete slab at the top of a minor league hockey arena.
Programing note: Don't forget that tomorrow night at 8pm EST is the inaugural live chat of 2010. For 60 minutes, feel free to stop by and we will discuss everything surrounding the Blue Jays - including the starting rotation, the outfield dilemma, and maybe even the ticket increase.