If you donâ€™t think the economy isnâ€™t being watched by MLB clubs, take this news as a sure sign that they are.
The Boston Red Sox today announced the team is holding prices at 2008 levels for all existing seats and standing room tickets available to the public at Fenway Park for the 2009 season.Â The team will also hold prices for all tickets available to the public for 2009 Spring Training games at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers, FL.
â€śWe have been listening to fans, friends, and family about the challenges they are facing in light of the current adverse economic conditions,â€ť said Larry Lucchino, Red Sox President/CEO.Â â€śWe are also grateful for the unwavering faith and support our fans have shown us year after year and we hope our ownershipâ€™s decision to hold prices for the upcoming season will in some way help ease the burden on Red Sox Nation.â€ť
The move marks the first time in 14 years, since 1995, that the team has held ticket prices across the board.Â Ticket prices have been held in several categories in recent years, including 70% that remained the same in 2006 and 81.5% in 2007.
â€śJohn Henry, Tom Werner, and our ownership always try to look at our business through the prism of the Red Sox fans who have stepped up to higher prices each year for several years,â€ť said Lucchino.Â â€śWe are taking this step to arrest the growth of season ticket and individual game ticket prices to ensure the great and distinctive Fenway Park experience is a viable option in 2009 for as many citizens of Red Sox Nation as possible.â€ťÂ Â Â
(In addition to maintaining 2008 ticket price levels on all existing seats and standing room ticket areas, the Red Sox special discount programs for Active Duty Military and Clergy will continue in 2009.Â Premium seat contractual ticketholders are also being given the option to freeze their tickets at 2008 prices for 2009.Â For those choosing to stay at the same 2008 price level, contractual agreements would be extended for one additional season.)
Source: Boston Red Sox