11/16/2009 1:52 PM ET
Red Sox announce ticket prices for 2010 Spring Training and regular season
Annual "Christmas at Fenway Celebration" to be held on Saturday, December 12
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today announced prices for existing seats and standing room tickets available to the public at Fenway Park for the 2010 regular season and tickets available to the public for 2010 Spring Training games.
Following an across the board freeze of all ticket prices in 2009, approximately two-thirds of the tickets at Fenway Park will stay at 2009 levels or increase by $2 for the 2010 season and no single price category will increase by more than $5. In 2010, 63% of the tickets at Fenway Park will be $52 or less, with the lowest ticket price remaining at $12.
The team will hold prices at 2009 levels for all tickets available to the public for the 2010 Spring Training Games at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers, FL. The Red Sox implemented an across the board freeze on all Spring Training ticket prices in 2009, and 2010 marks the fourth time in five years that ticket prices for games at City of Palms Park have remained unchanged. The 2010 Spring Training schedule and ticket on-sale date will be announced in the coming weeks.
2010 regular season ticket prices will be held at last year's level in 12 areas of Fenway Park: Budweiser Right Field Roof Deck, Pavilion Box, Coca-Cola Corner Pavilion Reserved, Right Field Roof Terrace, Outfield Grandstand, Upper Bleachers, General Standing Room, Pavilion Level Standing Room, Coca-Cola Deck Standing Room, Right Field Roof Box Standing Room, Right Field Terrace Standing Room and Budweiser Right Field Roof Deck Standing Room.
Four areas of the ballpark (more than 48% of available tickets) will increase just $2: Infield Grandstand, Right Field Box, Right Field Roof Box and Lower Bleachers. Four categories will go up by $5: Field Box, Loge Box, Green Monster and Green Monster Standing Room.
"We approach the issue of ticket pricing anew each year and explore a number of models based on both current circumstances and future needs. After careful review and deliberation, we decided to implement a modest average increase, 3.8%, that represents the second lowest average percentage price increase over the past 15 seasons with the exception of last season when we implemented a price freeze across the board for all categories," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino.
"We are fortunate that Red Sox Nation invests in this team year after year, and we will remain true to our fundamental pledge to field a team worthy of the fans' support by investing each year in a formidable roster of uniformed personnel at both the major and minor league levels," said Lucchino. "We will also continue to be among the most active and aggressive teams in Major League Baseball in both the amateur draft and international player signings. Further, we will continue our ninth year of private investment, generated in large part by ticket revenue, to preserve, protect and enhance Fenway Park; these annual investments, including those underway for 2010, total well over $100 million and, have put us in a position to host Red Sox baseball at Fenway Park for the next 40 to 50 years."
(Price increases for premium seating in 2010 will vary and be based on longer term contracts previously entered into. Distribution methods for Green Monster and Budweiser Deck tickets will be announced after the New Year, in accordance with past practice. The Red Sox special discount programs for Active Duty Military and Clergy will continue in 2010.)
The Red Sox organization and the members of Red Sox Nation together achieved several significant milestones in 2009. The team won 95 games during the regular season and reached the postseason for the sixth time in seven years. The fans continued to set a new all-time Major League sellout streak record and ended the season at the 550 consecutive game mark (going back to May 15, 2003). A new Fenway Park attendance record was also set, with 3,062,699 fans coming through the turnstiles during the regular season.
Fans' first opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2010 season will be the annual, all-day "Christmas at Fenway" celebration on Saturday, December 12. Additional details for this popular holiday event, and the Great Fenway Park Yard Sale on December 12 and 13, will be released in the near future.