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Steelers raise ticket prices for 2012

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The Steelers have been making news this offseason because of the way they’ve been paring the roster to save themselves some money under the salary cap.

They are also working on ways to juice up the amount of money coming into the coffers. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the team has sent season ticket holders letters informing them that they will be raising ticket prices this year. The newspaper doesn’t have details about the size of the increases, but, in the letter, the Steelers write that the increases are necessary so that the team can “meet the challenges of remaining competitive in the National Football League.”

It’s the fifth time in the last eight years that the Steelers have raised ticket prices. Oddly, the three times the team has went without increases are the three times when they have been coming off of appearances in the Super Bowl. That restraint fits with what people from other teams have told PFT through the years about the Steelers charging less than they could likely get without ruffling too many feathers in Pittsburgh.

The Broncos, Lions and Packers are some of the other teams that have announced price increases for the 2012 season.

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32 Responses to “Steelers raise ticket prices for 2012”
  1. tackleberries says: Mar 4, 2012 8:16 AM

    Soon their fans will say not six rings but six figures!

  2. jr4real says: Mar 4, 2012 8:20 AM

    Bring on the steeler and nfl haters!!

    What do the steelers charge? $80 for a ticket? That will get you a nice parking spot in NY/NY.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Mar 4, 2012 8:24 AM

    They’ve sold out every game for 40 years straight and have a 10 year waiting list.

    What’s amazing is they don’t raise prices every year knowing tickets go for three to five times face value on the secondary market.

  4. ravenator says: Mar 4, 2012 8:38 AM

    Ravens haven’t raised ticket prices. Only another reason why the front office supersedes that of Pittsburgh.

  5. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 4, 2012 8:41 AM

    Losers, but that’s what you get when Steeler management is a bunch of hypocrites.

  6. coonsqualler says: Mar 4, 2012 8:45 AM

    I wouldn’t pay 2 cents to go watch them crappy uniforms….

    Just Sayin’

  7. 561bengal says: Mar 4, 2012 8:49 AM

    As a Bengals fan who lived in Pburg for a few years I will say that they love there Steelers enough to pay just about ay amount to watch their team at Heinz. The only problem I see with the increase comes at a time when the team is clearly putting more diluted product on the field this year.

  8. seawurd says: Mar 4, 2012 9:14 AM

    They are expanding the seating at the stadium. Plans also include adding more luxury boxes. Quality players like Mike Wallace and Ward are told ” we can not afford you, sorry YINZ GUYS”. But hey, who cares just so long as douches who don’t understand football can brag to their golfing buddies about being there on Sunday.
    Jack up the prices, get rid of the old fans ! Worked for Robert Kraft and the Patriots. Also working out great for the Cowboys.
    Screw the product on the field.
    The Rooney family must need another pile of cash to roll around in.

  9. lombardihero says: Mar 4, 2012 9:24 AM

    I said it during the strike the only people who suffer are the fans…

    When ever higher incentives and out of pocket costs come about these owners are not going to pay for that, they are filthy rich for a reason.

    It’s the fans that have to pay whether it is higher Ticket prices higher Food and Beverage costs it is the fans that have to cover those costs…..

  10. antibenapalooza says: Mar 4, 2012 9:50 AM

    Paying more to see Pig Ben Rottenberger, what an insult!

  11. astrosfan75956 says: Mar 4, 2012 10:07 AM

    But yet the league wonders why the watching at home experience is on the rise and going to the games isn’t.

  12. ineptguy8 says: Mar 4, 2012 10:41 AM

    So what? They have a product that demand far outweighs supply. They have a right to raise the prices. If you don’t like it, don’t go. There are thousands of other people that would like those seats, even if the prices doubled. Also, I know many people who buy season tickets, sell 4 games and make enough to cover the cost for the other 4 games. I don’t feel too bad for them.

  13. hollymolley says: Mar 4, 2012 10:47 AM

    It’s a small increase, but with parking and concessions the entire experience of going to a game has become rather tedious. We end up agrivated at all the poilitics and now the open “Scripting”. When we add it up, it becomes a rather large sum, and we have have much better uses for the cash elsewhere. This works for us, others are free to do as they wish,

  14. bikeman99 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:00 AM

    Tickets went up 8 bucks, any fan would pay that to see the best franchise in sports.

  15. raqaiw says: Mar 4, 2012 11:16 AM

    There will come a time,which I hope I don’t live to see,when there’ll be a stadium that’s all luxury boxes. Only corporations and their employees will go see the games, it’ll be quiet and controlled, but ridiculously lucrative which is apparently what the NFL wants.

  16. citizenstrange says: Mar 4, 2012 11:39 AM

    Well, they did almost beat the legendary Tim Tebow.

  17. corvusrex96 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:42 AM

    Another article littered with NFL/Rooney propaganda

    The only reason their ticket prices aren’t crazy high is that they are in western PA.

    You can’t charge NY prices in the rust belt

  18. dontstabmeray says: Mar 4, 2012 11:44 AM

    Love how all the haters are saying the team is in decline……we made like 5 cuts of players who haven’t contributed in a positive way in quite a few years (luv ya Farrior but we all know you haven’t been good in coverage in 3+ years now). Kemo is a backup at best who is good for one personal four per game. Aaron Smith hasn’t played more than a handful of games in a season in 3 years. Hines was a 4th wideout last season. Fact is they Steelers made moves to get better for next year. Just deal with it. They will be good next year like they are every year.

  19. rodgers419 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:46 AM

    I put my name on the season ticket waiting list. I hope my grandchildren are grow up to be steeler fans as well.

  20. lombardihero says: Mar 4, 2012 11:47 AM

    ineptguy8 says:
    Mar 4, 2012 10:41 AM
    So what? They have a product that demand far outweighs supply if you don’t like then don’t go.

    You really missed the boat however let me enlighten you a bit.

    Many people that don’t go can not go not because they don’t like it it’s because they can not afford it…

    Your train of thought is just what the rest of this country can not stand a person who thinks only certain people who can shell out big bucks should be allowed to go see a football game and that is just what it is a football game.

  21. packerstexansfan says: Mar 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    Lol. I like how when the Packers announced the price increase, a lot of these same Steeler fans were laughing and talking smack. And now they’re trying to defend a price increase the same way Packers fans defended it.

  22. lombardihero says: Mar 4, 2012 12:11 PM

    I tell you this regardless of what team increased their ticket prices and after a long drawing out strike it’s wrong….

    They should have thanked the fans for hanging in there and not treated them like junkies who they know need there NFL fix.

    Went up 8 bucks after what the fans had to go through last year that is more greed.

    I would have thought after putting the fans through that they would have announced a fan appreciation statement and lowered the Ticket Price.

    However seeing a 20 ounce beer is 7 to 9 bucks at many stadiums and a hot dog is 5 to 6 bucks (sad) that a hot dog could cost more than a gallon of gas.

    I guess when they had fans hooked and 1000’s to replace the ones that can no longer afford it who cares what the cost is and who care if they can not go.

  23. quittsburghstoolers says: Mar 4, 2012 12:19 PM

    “… the Steelers write that the increases are necessary so that the team can “meet the challenges of remaining competitive in the National Football League.”

    ———————————————————-

    I can’t wait for the truly blind Steeler-homer fans around
    here to applaud even this move, something like this:

    “As usual, the team is doing what it needs to do in order to keep providing us fans with a winner on the field!

    GO STEELERS!”

    (Oh, brother)

    Then there’s this part:

    __________________________________

    “It’s the 5th time in the last 8 years that the Steelers have raised ticket prices. Oddly, the 3 times the team has went without increases are the 3 times when they have been coming off of appearances in the Super Bowl. That restraint fits with what people from other teams have told PFT through the years about the Steelers charging less than they could likely get without ruffling too many feathers in Pittsburgh.”

    ———————————————————-

    No wonder the Squealer fans want the team to win so much. Every time the team lays an egg and breaks their poor little pathetic hearts, the team decides that they will also kick the fans while they are already down by charging them even more money for a non-championship team on the field.

    The most pathetic part is that Stooler fan keeps paying it…

  24. upyoursnfu says: Mar 4, 2012 12:21 PM

    8 bucks??? Are you kidding me? In Baltimore, that a whole ready-rock some Ravens fan might miss out on each Sunday.

  25. bikeman99 says: Mar 4, 2012 12:39 PM

    Its not torturous going to Steelers games, gimme a break

  26. tribesofneurot says: Mar 4, 2012 12:54 PM

    ravenator says: Mar 4, 2012 8:38 AM

    Ravens haven’t raised ticket prices. Only another reason why the front office supersedes that of Pittsburgh.
    —————————————————-
    Let’s see:
    Kevin Colbert- Hired as GM in 2000. 3 Superbowls and drafted a franchise QB that played in said 3 Superbowls.

    Ozzie Newsome- Hired as GM in 2002. ZERO Superbowls and drafted a Unibrowed,Porn stached QB who can’t get past AFC Championship Games and whines about not being considered an elite QB.

    Well Ravenator you got us on all of that.
    HAHAHAHAHAHA
    Try again.

  27. stuartscottslefteye says: Mar 4, 2012 1:01 PM

    Supply and demand…..

  28. rcali says: Mar 4, 2012 1:50 PM

    Getting away from your nagging wife for the day….priceless.

  29. spedman24 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    steelers are a joke of a franchise…their fans are some of the worst in America…for a team that is “good”, their fans are by far the least knowledgeable…

  30. gnutella0 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:54 PM

    corvusrex96 regurgitated, “Another article littered with NFL/Rooney propaganda

    The only reason their ticket prices aren’t crazy high is that they are in western PA.

    You can’t charge NY prices in the rust belt”

    Well, western Pennsylvania didn’t write checks it couldn’t cash during the 2000’s, so housing prices continue to rise; salaries continue to rise at a rate faster than both the national and metropolitan averages, and credit card debt per capita remains among the lowest of all major Metropolitan Statistical Areas (1,000,000+ residents) in the United States, so eight extra dollars per ticket more than likely won’t put anybody in financial distress.

    spedman24 regurgitated, “steelers are a joke of a franchise…their fans are some of the worst in America…for a team that is “good”, their fans are by far the least knowledgeable…”

    Since 2008, the Steelers have attained a regular-season record of 45-19, and a post-season record of 5-2. If that’s a “joke,” then words aren’t strong enough to describe just how pathetic NFL teams not named the Steelers, Patriots, Giants, Saints and Packers are.

  31. corvusrex96 says: Mar 8, 2012 7:38 PM

    @gnutella0 your comment is just absurd “western Pennsylvania didn’t write checks it couldn’t cash during the 2000′s, so housing prices continue to rise; ”

    So you are implying that somehow the Pitt area predicted the housing bubble/recession and thus avoided it by eschewing higher property values for the long term financial good .. HA more like the prices were so low and as such they could only increase.

    Also by me saying that saying Rooney cannot charge NY prices in western PA is not a slam it is just a fact that the cost of living is greater near the coast and in particular in NY. Which is why the Jets/Giants stadium cost about a billion dollars while most teams are half that price.

    Business owners charge what the market will allow, nothing more nothing less

  32. pizzon says: Mar 18, 2012 6:50 PM

    its one thing to raise prices and then expect the fans to come out watch you get hammered wk in and wk out, then theres the steelers who are perennial super bowl contenders. at around 80 bucks a ticket they are still one of the cheaper tickets around and worth every penny.

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