The Press-Telegram reports that the Dodgers, citing rising business expenses, are raising ticket prices for Friday and Saturday games, while also increasing prices on more than a third of all seats at all games. Tickets for Friday and Saturday ball games ordered in advance will now cost $2 or $3 more than weekday games, while there's a whole mishmash of pricing changes for the rest of the seats. Via the Press-Telegram: "The price increases average less than 75 cents per ticket, or 2.5 percent, Rawitch said. Prices will remain the same or be lowered for more than 65 percent of seats purchased in advance for Sunday through Thursday games, he said.
The increases mean that the lowest-priced same-day ticket at Dodger Stadium will be $15 -- $4 more than Top Deck tickets cost in 2009.
The Dodgers also increased same-day prices for the Left Field Pavilion by $5 to $18' Reserved Level tickets by $1 to $20; Lower Reserved Level tickets by $2 to $25; Infield Reserve tickets by $4 to $31; and Loge Box tickets by $5 to $35.
Same-day prices will remain unchanged for the Preferred Loge Box ($55), Field Box ($60), Infield Loge Box ($70), Loge Box MVP ($75), Preferred Field Box ($75), Infield Box ($110) and Field Box MVP ($130). Tickets in rows X-Z on the Field Level between the bases will drop by $20 to $100." According to the paper, there is "no connection to the high-profile divorce of owner Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt" and the new prices, a statement which seems to try to reassure baseball fans that they aren't paying for Jamie's legal costs. Meanwhile, Manny Ramirez is now saying he won't be coming back next year to play.
· Dodgers hike ticket prices [PT]