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Chargers finally do something good for the fans

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by DenverBolt67, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. DenverBolt67

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    http://www.chargers.com/news/press-...for-2013/93436e01-4dbd-435b-ba43-2b0fc2050c76
    Chargers Announce Rescaled Ticket Plan for 2013

    Posted 1 hour ago​

    By Public Relations

    The San Diego Chargers announced today a rescaled season ticket price structure for the 2013 season.

    Season ticket prices for two-thirds of the seats in Qualcomm Stadium – approximately 45,000 seats – remain unchanged, or are being reduced, for the sixth-consecutive season. Nearly 10,000 of those season seats in the View level have been reduced and will be available for $50 or less per game, including seats as low as $39 per game.

    The Chargers are one of just five NFL teams that didn’t raise ticket prices in the past five years. Twenty-seven of the NFL’s 32 teams raised prices, including many more than once.

    Season ticket prices for seats in prime locations of the stadium (Field, sideline Plaza and Press) are being adjusted in line with similar locations in NFL stadiums around the country. The adjustment reflects an increase of $10 or $20 per game, depending on the seat location.
    Overall, general season tickets for the 2013 season will range from $39 to $110 per game. The single-game prices will range from $52 to $130, providing season ticket holders with an savings of $70 to $200 for the season.

    By maintaining the same prices or lowering prices on two-thirds of the stadium seats, the Chargers’ goal is to drive attendance which will build a stronger home-field advantage and help minimize local television blackouts.

    “We believe this new structure makes sense for all areas of the stadium, giving us a better opportunity to fill the stadium and minimize the chance of blackouts while also helping the Chargers remain a viable and competitive team,” said Chargers Senior Director of Ticket Sales and Services Todd Poulsen.

    The Chargers’ home schedule is expected to be one of the most attractive in years. Teams coming to San Diego in 2013 include the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.

    Fans can become a Chargers season ticket holder by calling 877-CHARGERS or stopping by the Chargers’ ticket office at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium.
     
  2. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    My tickets in Plaza stayed the same price.
     
  3. Pointyearedog

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    How nice, they aren't charging extra for putting butter on our popcorn...
     
  4. Blue Bolt

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    I think there's a dirty joke in there someplace. ;)
     
  5. Blue Bolt

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    OVERCHARGERS?

    Three weeks ago, Qualcomm Stadium pulsed with 60,000 football fans on a bright Sunday afternoon.

    As kickoff approached, San Diego native Amber Hockridge, wearing a Chargers T-shirt, was ready to Bolt Up after she’d just paid a concessionaire $9 for a 16-ounce beer, costliest in the 32-team league.

    In all, Hockridge spent about $100 to take in the Chargers-Falcons game, which was blacked out on TV. She did so willingly, “Because I enjoy it,” she said.

    There are indications that she is part of an increasing minority.

    The NFL prohibits live TV broadcasts within 75 miles of the home stadium if the game isn’t sold out within 72 hours of kickoff. After nine years without a blackout, Chargers fans have lost six local telecasts in the last three seasons.

    When the Chargers don’t sell enough tickets to prevent a blackout, pundits and fans speculate on the reasons. Economic downturns, on-field performance, the stadium experience, the appeal of high-definition TVs – all are cited as contributing factors.

    One other factor, though, is mentioned more than any other. Price.

    According to a recent Team Marketing Report’s survey of NFL pricing, the Chargers’ fan experience for a family of four is the seventh-most expensive in the NFL at $466.20 per game.

    When asked recently about that figure, the Chargers declined comment. In their defense, the Chargers haven’t raised ticket prices at all in the last five years. But still, that $466.20 figure is up 5.2 percent this year, indicating that the team has raised prices in other areas.

    Thirsty Chargers fans, for example, pay at a high rate.

    The Bills are the only other NFL team to charge $9 for a beer but do so for 20 ounces, four more than the $9 beer at Qualcomm.

    The smallest available soft drink to Chargers fans costs $5.75, exceeding all but two other clubs, the Ravens and Falcons.

    To try and gain some perspective on the Chargers’ pricing policies, and with the team not commenting, U-T San Diego asked three other NFL clubs about the Team Marketing Report. One, speaking on the condition of anonymity, questioned whether the ticket price findings accounted for the large degree of variance in “premium seats” from club to club. The other clubs wanted more time to study it.

    Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said he wasn’t sure pricing was the key factor in the Chargers blackout problem. The Dolphins have also been in danger of having multiple games blacked out recently, although the team has sometimes decided to buy up the unsold tickets to avoid the blackout, something the Chargers aren’t willing to do.

    “Like San Diego,” he said, “there’s a lot of things to do and a lot of competing interests,” Dee said.

    Trying to fills its stadium, each franchise has its own set of challenges and advantages. The 49ers, for example, have gone more than a decade without a blackout, yet they have had several lean seasons in the 2000s and play at haggard Candlestick Park, which was built for both football and baseball and is many years past its prime. But Fortune 500 companies are more numerous in greater San Francisco than greater San Diego, giving the 49ers a potent corporate base.
     
  6. Lightning's Girl

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    I don't know about anyone else, but after what the Chargers have been putting on the field the past few seasons, I don't think a price increase would be advisable at this point. Good on them for realizing that.
     
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    They did something nice? Raised my field tickets from $910 a seat to $1100 a seat so I can pay for the empty seats up top and Norv's salary he is getting paid for not being here. Yah thanks Chargers.
     
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    Just baffles me that they can raise ticket prices on seats when they put the crap out on the field that they have over the last few years. They better spend heavy on GM/HC and free agents and use my money well. If they bargain basement this crap im gonna be even more pissed.
     
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    So, Jim Mora doesn't excite you then? ;)
     
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    Gee thanks Chargers for nothing (my seats didn't change either).

    Should have done an Arthur Blank and decreased ticket prices across the board. I still can't believe they RAISED a single seat price after the garbage they just served us.
     
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    No Jim Mora is not an exciting pick for me. Think he may be a decent pick, they could do worse expecially since they would keep Pagano and bring in Rivers old OC from NC State, but I still think Mora failed pretty badly in his time with Atlanta and Seattle.
     
  12. MadMike

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    They are basically making the oldest season ticket holders (See Plaza and Field level between the 20's) pay for all of the empty seats up top (Which will still not get us by the blackouts, only the 85% rule would). So Spanos gets his money, the season ticket holders fund this mess, and the fans at home get screwed cause we are going to get blacked out 4 to 5 games next year unless they go crazy with the GM|HC|FA signings this off season.
     
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    Mora was a freakin' disaster as an NFL HC...... why anybody would consider giving him another shot is beyond me. :confused:
     
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    Is his name really coming up? Or are people just being jokingly cynical?
     
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    Yes, they dropped prices on 2/3 of the seats in the stadium, and now have seats as low as $39. Come to Denver, and you won' find nose bleeds for under $95-100, and Field level are $300+
     
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    Denver has rings, and is a proven winner. SD has nothing to hang those prices on but a hope and a dream. When is the last time Denver had a blackout??? When your product doesnt sell, you dont raise the prices. And while they lowered the prices on the cheap seats, they raised the prices where almost every long term season ticket holder is. So we fund the empty seats that get discounted. I would gladly pay $250 to $300 a seat for for 6 super bowl appearances and 2 wins. Paying $110 a seat for 1 appearance (That was 17 years ago) and no wins is pretty much bullshit.
     
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    Ticket prices staying the same., still rape'n you on the beer.
     
  18. AnteaterCharger

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    What sports venue doesn't?
     
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    I think that the degree of horribleness of the raping is what's being lamented.
     
  20. Savage Lizard

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    Another benefit to not drinking beer!
     
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    Chargers and one other team have the highest beer prices across all 32 teams. 8.25 for domestic is beyond crazy.
     
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    Drink beer outside, by the time the game is over your sober and ready to drive home.
     
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