Toward the end of last week, the Detroit Lions sent out renewal notices for season ticket holders. As a result, it was revealed that the team increased season ticket prices by a total average of 2.8 percent. While this was the fourth straight year that the Lions have increased ticket prices, this represents the smallest increase over that time period.
Price increases are always frustrating for fans, especially when the team is not succeeding. While Detroit has played .500 ball over the past six years, they still haven’t won a playoff game. That being said, the Lions are 17-7 at Ford Field over the past three seasons, so the home crowd has seen a high percentage of wins under the Jim Caldwell regime.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Are you okay with the Lions’ ticket price hike?
My answer: Yes. A 2.8 percent increase isn’t much of anything, and although some of the more expensive seats saw more drastic price hikes, for many ticket holders, the price remained the same or even dipped a little from previous years.
Compare this increase with the Chicago Bears, who won just three games in 2016, yet saw a nearly identical increase in prices (2.6 percent). The Texans, who have similar postseason struggles to the Lions, increased prices by 6.55 percent.
While it’s true the Browns (bad team) and the Vikings (new stadium) saw their prices stay the same or decrease this offseason, the Lions have every right to make a slight bump in prices. The Lions are selling out games, making the game day experience more pleasant with better attractions and food and the team has played pretty well within the confines of Ford Field. It may be a "bad look" for a team that is still winless in the postseason since 1991 to increase prices four years in a row, but they have every reason to do it, and they did so modestly.