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Season-ticket prices go up again

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    February 2, 2008

    PHOENIX – The Chargers announced their 2008 season-ticket prices yesterday, and for the fourth straight year the average price increased. Season-ticket prices will range from $48 to $90 per game, up from $41 to $84 last year. Single-game tickets, if available, will range from $54 to $98, up from $54-$92 in 2007. The average increase is $8, $1 less than the increase from 2006 to '07. The club's average ticket price of about $80 is more than 40 percent higher than the average of $56 in 2004.

    The Chargers have sold out 30 straight home games and last year had a waiting list for season tickets.
    They will host the New England Patriots in a rematch of this season's AFC Championship Game. Also, the Indianapolis Colts will play at Qualcomm Stadium along with the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, plus AFC West foes Denver, Kansas City and Oakland. Dates will be announced in April.London date set

    The NFL made official that the Chargers will play the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 26 in London.
    The Chargers hope to duplicate the path of the New York Giants, who beat the Miami Dolphins in October in London, the first regular-season NFL game played outside North America, and are now in Arizona to play the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
    “I think the Giants proved that a team can play abroad and achieve great success,” said A.G. Spanos, the Chargers' director of marketing programs and business development.
    The game, a home game for the Saints, will be played at Wembley Stadium, where 81,176 fans watched the Giants and Dolphins.
    The Chargers-Saints game will be televised by CBS and kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. in the United Kingdom). The game will be shown live in England and live or as a highlights package in nearly 200 countries.
    “We think there's a benefit for our players,” Spanos said. “It's not the Super Bowl, but it will be a big game with a lot of media. The players will be asked a lot of questions. It's good preparation.”
    The game will be the first meeting between New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and the team that let him go as a free agent after the 2005 season.
    “It would have been a great matchup no matter where we played it,” Brees said yesterday. “But the fact we're going to the U.K. to play this game, I think, just kind of adds to that excitement.”
    Said Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman: “I have a chance to line up against a former teammate and hopefully give him a special U.K. 'Lights Out' dance after I sack him.”
    The Chargers have requested and expect to receive a dispensation from the NFL that will schedule them to play a game on the East Coast (probably Buffalo) the Sunday before the game in London. The league resolution on international games requires a team be scheduled for a home game the week before its international game. But the Chargers want to fly to London directly after their game on the East Coast and spend the week acclimating to the time change after the 5,500-mile trip.
    “The Giants and Dolphins both said they didn't spend enough time over there,” Spanos said.
    The Chargers and Saints will have a bye the week after the game in London.
    The overseas games are part of an effort by the league to expand its brand internationally. The Buffalo Bills will play a game in Toronto in each of the next five seasons.
    Some fans ousted

    The Chargers announced yesterday they had revoked the season tickets of 300 fans because of violations of the team's code of conduct. Those who lost their tickets will not be allowed to purchase tickets through the Chargers in the future. The team said most people who lost their tickets were ejected from the stadium by police and the team's private security in 2006 and 2007.
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