If these past couple days tell us anything, it’s that you can put a price on being hopeful, and loyal to your team. Bears single game ticket prices jumped $25 for this upcoming season, making the cheapest ticket available for non-season ticket holders $101. Which, in my opinion, is a lot to ask when you are hosting games at the smallest stadium in the NFL. Especially when you had the chance to expand Solider Field years ago and turned down the opportunity.
Regardless of the jump in prices, single game tickets went on sale this morning and reportedly sold out within an hour! Because the vast majority of the stadium is filled with season ticket holders (I believe it is something like 90% of the seats sold, something ridiculous), ESPN reported that the Bears sales management claimed to have raised prices to be fair to season ticket holders who are committed to all home games. And that thought process makes sense and is fair, but let me put this into perspective for you… I just went onto Ticketmaster to see what I could find for a game in Chicago against St. Louis which I thought would be cheapest (no offense), and for TWO tickets in the 400 level, you are going to be paying around $300-$350 without any service fee, delivery fee, whatever fee. Oh and tailgating, yup, those parking prices went up too.
All things considered, there is still one common thought among fans: we are expecting (not hoping, but expecting, we passed ‘hoping’ a while ago), the performance of our team to match these prices. Because we already know we are emotionally invested in our team, but now more financially invested as well… And we are willing to pay for it. It’s worth the price.
God help us, and our wallets.