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Lions will raise ticket prices in 2012

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The Lions made the playoffs this season for the first time since 1999 and they are using that success as a way to raise a little more revenue.

Lions president Tom Lewand announced Friday that the team will be raising ticket prices at Ford Field for the 2012 season. It’s the first hike in prices in five years for the Lions and that increase was followed by a winless season. No one’s expecting that this time around.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the team will be raising prices an average of eight percent. The most expensive non-premium seats will go from $90 to $99 a game while the cheapest seats will see a bump from $30 to $35 per game. According to Lewand, the Lions will rank either 23rd or 24th in the league when it comes to prices after the increases are put in place.

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  1. waltdawg says: Feb 3, 2012 10:43 AM

    Good luck with that one….And then try and resign Calvin? Yeah right.

  2. murraychadwick says: Feb 3, 2012 10:44 AM

    As a Lions fan, I have no problem with this. Especially since prices have stayed flat for the past five years and they are still towards the bottom of the leauge in ticket cost. And most of all, we can finally see a good product on the field.

  3. eddiemeredith says: Feb 3, 2012 10:45 AM

    Its funny because they went from a team nobody could care less about to one that is fun to watch… and their ticket prices only went up like 12%

  4. doowix says: Feb 3, 2012 10:46 AM

    I’ll pay the surcharge if they give Megatron a career deal. Stafford to Calvin could dominate the league for a decade.

  5. jaystus says: Feb 3, 2012 10:49 AM

    30 dollars, that’s basically free. you have to raise tickets.

  6. needle379 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:50 AM

    They are going to need that money to resign Calvin, Megatron will not be cheap.

  7. goodluckking says: Feb 3, 2012 10:51 AM

    waltdawg says:Feb 3, 2012 10:43 AM

    Good luck with that one….And then try and resign Calvin? Yeah right.

    If the Lions can sell out the stadium during a winless season, I think a 8% ticket increase for a winning team will go over just fine.

  8. zingo1978 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:51 AM

    They haven’t raised ticket prices for years (for good reason). Had to happen sooner or later.

  9. suhnami says: Feb 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    Can’t wait to hear all the Lion bashing on here from those who only read the title and leave out the last sentence in the piece

    “Lions will rank either 23rd or 24th in the league when it comes to prices after the increases are put in place.”

    This fails to mention other teams can and will still be announcing ticket price increases potentially dropping them even lower than 23rd or 24th….just saying never a fan of increasing prices but realistically these prices are still far cheaper for much better quality football than many many other franchises across the league.

  10. ike1973 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    waltdawg says:
    Feb 3, 2012 10:43 AM
    Good luck with that one….And then try and resign Calvin? Yeah right.

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    First of all I don’t think they need any luck with this. No blackouts this season and I expect none next season even with this modest price increase.

    Second, CJ will be a Lion for life. Bank on it.

  11. kevo126 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:54 AM

    wow i didnt know you could get a nfl ticket for only $35. big difference for lions tickets and my team. i guess detroit is still getting crushed by the economy.

  12. calamnet says: Feb 3, 2012 10:56 AM

    One good year and my team gets all uppity.

  13. thraiderskin says: Feb 3, 2012 10:59 AM

    that didn’t take long…

  14. doowix says: Feb 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    When the NFL was a running league in the 90s, we had Barry Sanders. Now that it’s a passing league we have Calvin. They may be the two greatest players to have ever played their respective positions.

  15. jeffchadwick says: Feb 3, 2012 11:08 AM

    Could be worse. Dan Snyder, for instance, never met a price increase he didn’t like.

  16. detroitcityryda says: Feb 3, 2012 11:19 AM

    It’s not bad for 60 bucks u can get a good seat, I watched arsenal in London one ticket for a upper seat is around 170$

  17. sah0620 says: Feb 3, 2012 11:37 AM

    I wish I could get seats at Lambeau for $35. Heck, most games $135 would be a decent price.

  18. homelanddefense says: Feb 3, 2012 11:38 AM

    I wish I could get a ticket to see my local team for only 35$. Cheapest ticket in New England is 75$ and that is upper level in the corner.

  19. suhnami says: Feb 3, 2012 11:45 AM

    Between the 2007 and 2011 season, Detroit decreased its average ticket price three times. The Lions were one of only two teams in the NFL do so during that time span. Since 2007, the Lions’ average season ticket price never ranked higher than 22nd in the NFL.

    In addition, Detroit never made fans purchase seat licenses when Ford Field was built. Seat licenses give fans the right to purchase season tickets when a new stadium is constructed.

    For example, the San Francisco 49ers are building a $1.02 billion dollar stadium. According to The Sacramento Bee, about 9,000 club seats in the stadium’s lower bowl will require the purchase of a $20,000 to $30,000 stadium builder’s seat license. That does not include the normal price of season tickets.

  20. suhnami says: Feb 3, 2012 11:50 AM

    Lions have had a rough ride, especially recently, but this is a great franchise and however much crap ownership gets they’ve really done nothing but be of a great service to the fans and city of Detroit.

    Per my previous comments as well as this article you can see the Ford’s have kept prices comparatively low (even with the price jump $35 for an NFL ticket in 2012???) and have not forced things (such as the 49ers are with their new stadium) like seat licenses and other ridiculous fee’s and restrictions.

  21. murraychadwick says: Feb 3, 2012 12:07 PM

    Ticket price has nothing to do with being able to afford Calvin. NFL teams bring in so much revenue from TV and other deals that no team is hurting for money. Not to mention Ford owns the Lions and is worth billions. The problem the Lions will have in regard to signing Calvin is strictly cap related and having enough space to be able to sign other top notch players and still stay under the cap.

  22. vegasmasons says: Feb 3, 2012 1:05 PM

    doowix says:
    Feb 3, 2012 11:02 AM
    When the NFL was a running league in the 90s, we had Barry Sanders. Now that it’s a passing league we have Calvin. They may be the two greatest players to have ever played their respective positions.

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    Then he can join him on the list of Greatest NFL Players to never play in a Super Bowl

  23. #nastyswaggedout says: Feb 3, 2012 1:12 PM

    Meh, you can get tickets outside the stadium for less than $20 on game day.

  24. Derty Ernie says: Feb 3, 2012 1:18 PM

    That unfortunately is the financial facts of life: have a team full of first rounders and you got to pay the big bucks to keep them.
    Now some of those have the chance to bolt and the price goes way up.
    Lions could trade Johnson for a couple of later round draft picks hoping one or more turn out to be decent receivers.

  25. philtration says: Feb 3, 2012 1:48 PM

    doowix says: Feb 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    When the NFL was a running league in the 90s, we had Barry Sanders. Now that it’s a passing league we have Calvin. They may be the two greatest players to have ever played their respective positions.
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    And not a single Super Bowl appearance.
    There are a lot of teams that can point to their past and say that this guy or that guy was one of the best ever.
    Barry Sanders no longer plays football in Detroit just like Jim Brown no longer plays in Cleveland.

    Sanders was great but why do you think he retired?
    Was he washed up? No.
    Did he feel that he accomplished everything that he could in the NFL and had nothing else to prove or play for? No.
    He walked away because the team sucked and he knew they were not going to do what was necessary to get him a ring.
    He did his part and got nothing.

    Johnson has experienced a lot of losing in Detroit even though he was doing his part.
    Do you believe that this is not in the back of his mind?
    Can you really say that the Lions are going to be a playoff team again?
    Are they the best team in the Division?
    Are you sure that they are even the 2nd best team in the division?
    Is the gap between the Lions and the Vikings that big if the Vikings can get even decent play from their QB?
    He is going to get paid no matter where he plays and if the Lions fail to make the playoffs in 2012 then he just may say to hell with it and move on.

  26. korikill says: Feb 3, 2012 1:48 PM

    Derty Ernie says:
    ….Lions could trade Johnson for a couple of later round draft picks hoping one or more turn out to be decent receivers.
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    Trade Megatron for ‘a couple of later round draft picks’.
    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Good one!

  27. primetime0552 says: Feb 4, 2012 1:13 AM

    I’m a Lions fan and go to multiple games a year(not season tickets) and am okay with the raise in price. The product on the field has increased so the tickets should increase! Staffords first full year in the league he throws for 5000+yards and 40+ touchdowns. Can’t wait for him to establish himself as an elite quarterback this season! Go Lions!!!!

  28. hamdiggitty says: Feb 4, 2012 8:50 PM

    Could have been $10……being a Lions Fan after what I saw this year….I’d pay……….the investment will be good for the next 3yrs
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    Trade Megatron………….Yeah right!!!!!……. you gone see that hook up (wit Stafford) for a good three years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Superbowl Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

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