Vikings to increase ticket prices by seven percent, on average

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The fruits of a good season include the ability to harvest more cabbage in the immediate future.

Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Vikings notified season-ticket holders on Friday that prices will increase at U.S. Bank Stadium for 2018. On average, the prices will inflate by seven percent.

Some increases will be as low as four percent. In the lower bowl, the hikes could be north of 10 percent. Roughly three quarters of the seats will increase by $10 per game or less.

The fact that the Vikings had a special season, capped by a win for the ages against the Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs, undoubtedly will increase ticket demand for 2018. Ultimately, that’s what drives pricing; finite supply plus increased demand justifies charging more to get in.

The challenge, when it comes to venues funded in large part by public money, becomes not making it so expensive that the public never has access to the games. As long as members of the public are ponying up the cash necessary to purchase tickets, however, the people can’t claim they’re being frozen out of the building that was dubbed The People’s Stadium when the deal was struck to build it.

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42 responses to “Vikings to increase ticket prices by seven percent, on average

  1. As a season ticket holder before they built this tax-payer-funded monstrosity, I was officially priced out of the stadium with their ridiculous PSLs. This is just absurd; “the people’s stadium’??? More like the rich people’s stadium. I’ll probably never be able to step foot into an NFL stadium again. And that’s just sad.

  2. If I was the owner of an NFL team I’d jack up the prices 7% every year. Once you purchase a PSL you are stuck. You have no recourse. Sell your PSL for very little, or pay me what I demand.

    PS Thanks for the taxpayer contribution 🙂

  3. The “taxpayer contribution” comes out to a few bucks per taxpayer per year. That contribution kept the team in town and brings events like the Super Bowl and Final Four, which are significant benefits even if you’re not a football fan. It does not entitle every taxpayer in Minnesota an affordable season ticket. Businesses charge what the market will bear, so if the tickets or PSLs are too expensive, don’t buy them. That’s what I did and I’m plenty happy about it.

  4. And to afford this increase, others will also increase their prices. Called ‘Spiral Inflation’.

    I don’t think we will ever see another taxpayer stadium again (not sure what’s going on in Vegas. People get tired of being made the fool. The people of San Diego got it right.

    Billionaires get rich exploiting everything in their path. What’s ironic is they find a way to pay the least amount of taxes.

  5. At least you get s seat at the Bank. Some stadiums they still sit on aluminum benches with their increases in ticket prices.

  6. golforepar says:
    February 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    You need to pay for all those 1st round QBs, who don’t play!

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    Yeah, that $1.3M that all those first round QB’s the Vikes had (Teddy Bridgewater) was sure hard for the Vikings to pull together I bet. Good one!

    If I were you, I’d be more worried about your main man Aaron holding out this year after the Garoppolo and eventual Cousins signing. Because, his ego is going to take a huge hit and his arrogance will not allow him to not demand a new contract. Only this time, he has all the proof he needs to demand $40M+ per season, fully guaranteed and maybe even that “percentage of the cap” idea Florio keeps blindly throwing around. Because last year proved one thing for sure about the Green Bay Packers; with Rodgers – Super Bowl Contender / without Rodgers – top 5 draft pick contender

  7. Running a football team that plays in a publicly funded facility is pretty much a license to print money.

  8. Zygi threatened to move the team to LA. Minnesotans caved and ponied up the dough for his new digs.

    Zygi got to host his Super Bowl and rake in all the trimmings that come with it.

    Zygi just raised ticket prices 7% on the same folks who paid for his stadium and endured the umpteenth playoff choke in team history.

    PT Barnum is alive and well…

  9. I wonder if the salaries/wages of all those fans are going up 7% in the coming year to help offset this increase. Or even 1%. I’m guessing not. But as long as 99.9% of Americans can live vicariously through .01% of the population, then that will keep America great.

  10. NFL tickets ain’t cheap, and there’s really not much justification for it other than owners simply can. That being said, Vikes tiks remain in the middle of the pack price-wise. I’m one of the NFL-loving gomers that’ll keep paying up.

  11. Like I could afford tickets before this increase anyway.
    4 tickets for decent seats in the 300 sections will easily cost $450, even for the Bengals game. better bring at least $60 if you want to purchase 3-4 beers and a bratwurst. its absurd. helluva experience though.

    The average rube was priced out before it even opened.

  12. This doesn’t come as a surprise whatsoever. Almost every game’s secondary market (StubHub, Vivid, etc.) had markups of over 100% compared to season ticket face value. Season ticket holders who sell 2-3 games will have the majority of their costs filled while purchasers of single game tickets will be the ones getting absolutely slaughtered.

  13. Well said frazier28/7. It is a great experience that’s horrible expensive. It’s a give and take. I gave up all hunting, and a lot of fishing trips except Canada to buy season tickets. And I also don’t waste money on women as usually it’s heartache ending. That’s how I buy season tickets.

  14. Every company raises their prices until people stop buying their product. Then they lower prices. If you want companies to lower their prices to be nice, why don’t we start with the company you work for?

  15. My tickets have gone up 36.5% since 1999. Yes, that’s a big percent. But in the grand scheme of things, going up that much from 1999 until now is nothing really. US Bank stadium is obviously way nicer than the Metrodome so my seats going up on avg. basically 2% a year is nothing. As one poster pointed out, it was the SBL that hurt the most. Whichever owner/team came up with that idea is a genius from a business standpoint but should be hung by the fans.

  16. fmc651 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    At least you get s seat at the Bank. Some stadiums they still sit on aluminum benches with their increases in ticket prices.
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    Who cares if you have an actual seat, I’d much rather sit on aluminum bleachers and be treated to a winning product year in and year out.
    Not to mention, the Packers always try to consciously hold their ticket prices to the middle of the NFL pack.
    Even though they could extort what ever they wanted with the season ticket waiting list as long as it is.
    But Hey, please let me know just how valuable that seat is next year at this time.
    I’m guessing not so much.

  17. Billionaires get rich exploiting everything in their path. What’s ironic is they find a way to pay the least amount of taxes.
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    The only difference between you and a “Billionaire” is the word billionaire. The ironic thing is, we all “exploit” things in our path, and we ALL find ways to pay the least amount of taxes. Not sure what the beef is?

  18. Sounds reasonable… I mean, they only raised the ticket prices 1% for every point they scored in their latest humiliating playoff defeat, thus adding to their own amazing record of most playoff losses in the history of the NFL.

    >

  19. I was a season ticket holder at the metrodome. The upper deck seats were affordable and provided good views. I went to one game in the 300 level. It was over $100 seat. The view is terrible. You used to be able to get lower level tix for $100. Now it’s hundreds of dollars a seat. No longer worth the money.

  20. wafflestomp says:
    February 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    fmc651 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    At least you get s seat at the Bank. Some stadiums they still sit on aluminum benches with their increases in ticket prices.
    ————————————-
    Who cares if you have an actual seat, I’d much rather sit on aluminum bleachers and be treated to a winning product year in and year out.

    ////////////////////////

    “Winning product year in and year out”

    2017 record 7-9.

  21. flviking says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm
    “Winning product year in and year out”

    2017 record 7-9.
    //////////////////////////////////

    “Winning product year in and year out” to me means; “on average.”

    And “on-average,” cannot be denied.

    That’s the point.

  22. stellarperformance says:
    February 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm
    flviking says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm
    “Winning product year in and year out”

    2017 record 7-9.
    //////////////////////////////////

    “Winning product year in and year out” to me means; “on average.

    ///////////////////

    Packer dictionary

  23. flviking says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm
    wafflestomp says:
    February 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    fmc651 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    At least you get s seat at the Bank. Some stadiums they still sit on aluminum benches with their increases in ticket prices.
    ————————————-
    Who cares if you have an actual seat, I’d much rather sit on aluminum bleachers and be treated to a winning product year in and year out.

    ////////////////////////

    “Winning product year in and year out”

    2017 record 7-9.
    ________________________________
    Only three losing seasons in the past 26 years and that includes two NFL Titles.
    Big picture, Barney. Big picture
    But getting back to the original discussion, you enjoy your seat and the product your organization puts on the field.
    I’ll go back to enjoying mine.

  24. wafflestomp says:
    February 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    flviking says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm
    wafflestomp says:
    February 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    fmc651 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    At least you get s seat at the Bank. Some stadiums they still sit on aluminum benches with their increases in ticket prices.
    ————————————-
    Who cares if you have an actual seat, I’d much rather sit on aluminum bleachers and be treated to a winning product year in and year out.

    ////////////////////////

    “Winning product year in and year out”

    2017 record 7-9.
    ________________________________
    Only three losing seasons in the past 26 years and that includes two NFL Titles.
    Big picture, Barney. Big picture
    But getting back to the original discussion, you enjoy your seat and the product your organization puts on the field.
    I’ll go back to enjoying mine

    //////////////////////

    You guys sure have thin skins. Packer poster says “year in year out” that means every year. I just pointed out that last year the pack was 7-9

  25. wafflestomp says:
    February 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    Who cares if you have an actual seat, I’d much rather sit on aluminum bleachers and be treated to a winning product year in and year out.
    ))))))))))))))))
    The Vikings have a better regular season record than the packers do since the franchise began, so there is that. Also the Vikings have played for a championship every decade since the beginning of their franchise. Something the packer,Cowboys Steelers,49ers, Patriots, Giants can’t say as a team.

  26. The Vikings have a better regular season record than the packers do since the franchise began, so there is that. Also the Vikings have played for a championship every decade since the beginning of their franchise. Something the packer,Cowboys Steelers,49ers, Patriots, Giants can’t say as a team.
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    All of those teams have won a championship, something the Vikings can’t say as a team.

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