In a week where the young Bengals need their fans to show up to one of the biggest games of the last few years, Mike Brown is doing his best to get as many fans back to the stadium as he can.
The first big move that Brown made was announced last Saturday: the buy one, get one free ticket promotion available to season ticket holders. This sale was gobbled up by Bengals fans eager to watch the Bengals fight to get into the playoffs, and it’s a huge reason that the 65,500-seat stadium sold out after having almost a record-low 41,273 fans in the stadium only one week before. Because of team rules, if the team were to sell, say, 9000 tickets under this promotion, then the Bengals front office must pay the league around $250,000 to cover these free tickets, according to the Enquirer’s Joe Reedy.
The second move that has me at least raising my eyebrows for Mike Brown is the recently annouced drop of Bengals ticket prices in 2012. High ticket prices have been a huge reason that fans have stayed away from Paul Brown Stadium recently. Especially the small difference between the worst and best seats in the house. Whereas, Cincinnatians can attend a Reds game for as little as $5, the cheapest Bengals ticket has been a staggering $60 dollars.
No prices have been increased, and many of the cheaper sections have seen a decrease in prices. Here are the changed ticket prices:
SEASON TICKET PRICES (per game)
–Zone J (Rows 13 and higher, Canopy) … $40, previously $60
–Zone H (Rows 13 and higher, Canopy) … $50, previously $68
–Zone G (Rows 13 and higher, Canopy) … $60, previously $68
–Box H (Rows 1-12 Canopy) … $65, previously $68
–Zone F (Rows 13 and higher, Canopy) … $65, previously $68
Check out the 2012 stadium ticket pricing below. Whereas fans were paying $60-80 to get into a game last year, they will be paying $40-80 for seats in 2012. Another decent baby step, Mike Brown… but, let’s see if you can make some good moves during this offseason before I make any rash judgments.