Chicago Cubs: Ticket prices

Cubs hold the line on season ticket prices

October, 14, 2013
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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CHICAGO -- After a 96-loss season, the Chicago Cubs are not raising season-ticket prices for the 2014 season.

It's the third year in a row the Cubs aren't raising overall ticket prices under the Ricketts family ownership. The Cubs raised prices before the Ricketts family's first season in 2010.

"We're not increasing anyone's invoice for 2014," Colin Faulkner, the Cubs' vice president for sales and partnerships, said in a phone conversation Monday.

According to Team Marketing Report's 2013 Fan Cost Index, the average Cubs season ticket was $44.55, down 3.8 percent. That was still the third-highest price in baseball. That average doesn't include the premium club box seats, according to the FCI's methodology.

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Cubs eliminate fees on new mini-plans

January, 14, 2013
1/14/13
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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CHICAGO -- Fresh off a 101-loss season, the Chicago Cubs are making some big changes.

That’s right, they’re eliminating service charges for new mini-plans.

What, you were expecting an Alfonso Soriano trade? A promise of more than 61 wins?

It’s a decent deal for fans, actually. Service fees would’ve been as high as $40 for the six- and nine-game plans that go on sale Jan. 23, said Colin Faulkner, vice president of ticket sales and service.

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Cubs exploring ticket market options

December, 10, 2012
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs were named by StubHub as one of three clubs opting out of a contract extension with the online ticket marketplace on Monday. This was news to the Cubs.

"We're continuing to explore our options," Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.

A Cubs source said the team was surprised to be included in a StubHub email to ticket sellers Monday, because no decision has been made about participating in the five-year contract extension, but the team plans to make an announcement about the secondary market in the near future.

But StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman said the company had delayed the announcement of this deal, which expands the company's relationship with Major League Baseball Advanced Media as the "official fan to fan ticket marketplace," for weeks while waiting for the Cubs' decision.

"From my understanding, they have officially opted out," Lehrman said in a phone conversation. "This is a weird one. It wouldn't surprise us if they ended up back in the deal. The Cubs were trying to delay making a decision. For our purposes, we're considering them out. We have to communicate to our sellers what the story is. They have the option to opt back in. There's no deadline."

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Cubs try to keep season tix from scalpers

October, 24, 2012
10/24/12
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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CHICAGO -- Faced with declining attendance and the pressures of running a rebuilding team, the Chicago Cubs are going to battle against an opponent they think they can beat: Ticket scalpers.

The Cubs sent out 45 non-renewal letters to a select group of season ticket holders Wednesday, noting that season tickets "are a revocable license granted on a yearly basis at the sole discretion of the team."

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Sox slash ticket prices; Cubs stay same

April, 6, 2012
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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The average ticket prices in Major League Baseball were virtually the same as last season, according to research by Team Marketing Report, but the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox showed dramatically different prices for the 2012 season.

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Praying (and paying) for a miracle

January, 15, 2012
1/15/12
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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CHICAGO -- The biggest craze at the 27th annual Cubs Convention was, as predicted, Theobowing.

Theobowing replaces Hendrification, which was the promise that money would fix everything. It is exactly what it sounds like, except there's no need to go to one knee, Tim Tebow style, to Theobow. Just find someone with a Chicago Cubs nametag and open your wallet. Faith will take care of the rest.

Prayer isn't what's driving the Cubs' front office. Research and advanced analysis is driving both the baseball side and business side of the club.

I listened to fans Theobow for a solid hour Saturday morning when Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein took questions from Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and a legion of obsequious fans.

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Cubs create new ticket level

October, 8, 2010
10/08/10
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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The Chicago Cubs will announce this month that ticket prices next season will stay the same as 2010 -- for the most part, but there will be discounted areas in many sections, including the bleachers.

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Cubs have highest non-premium ticket price

April, 7, 2010
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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The Chicago Cubs may not compete for a World Series this year, but they will lead baseball in one category: ticket prices.

The Cubs jumped over the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees for the highest non-premium average ticket in Team Marketing Report's 2010 Fan Cost Index.

The Cubs' average ticket went up 10.1 percent to $52.56 this season. The team raised prices on some seats, and was hit with a 1 percent increase in the amusement tax. But the team also put more games in its platinum level. There are 26 games in platinum this season and 30 in gold. Last year there were 14 games classified as platinum and 34 as gold. These increases were announced in December.

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