4-12 calls for a breaking of the norm; however, many express puzzlement of Jeff Lurie’s next “wonder-move.”
The Philadelphia Eagles announced an overall ticket price raise for the 2013 season. General Upper Level seats have risen to $75. Lower Level Sideline seats and Upper Level Loge seats have hopped up to $105. Lower Level endzone seats will now cost $95.
The new $93 price average ranks 11th in the NFL, up from a middle-of-the-pack 14th. The prices rank bottom of the NFC East; a division consisting of the “Jones Mahal”, a nascent MetLife Stadium, and a pricy sell at FedEx Field.
In a letter to all season-ticket holders, President Don Smolenski attempted to rationalize the move, explaining, “We have made some dramatic changes this offseason, including the hiring of Coach Chip Kelly. But one thing that hasn’t changed – and Coach Kelly appreciates this – is that the passion [fans] display and the support [fans] provide with [their] loyalty to [the] Eagles makes this a special place to play football.”
“We are also embarking on a two-year stadium improvement plan at Lincoln Financial Field focused on enhancing the game day experience,” Smolenski added, though failed to elaborate on details.
The team has not increased prices since the 2009 season. Ironically, the tickets would seem to be a tougher sell after an abysmal 4-12 season. New Head Coach Chip Kelly may, however, help that case. Many fans have ignited petitions to re-introduce the kelly green uniforms as part of the team set for the 2013 season. These pleas have gone unanswered thus far, and coupled with the increased prices, Eagles fans may have a bone to pick with a certain Jeffery Lurie.