Since I moved back to the Cleveland area in 2007, I’ve invested in a partial season ticket plan for Indians games. Prior to the 2011 season, the price for my two tickets dropped by about $100; the perks offered in conjunction with the plans were pretty awesome as well.
When the invoice for my 2012 plan arrived last week, I noticed the prices were raised closer to 2010 levels (although still not quite as much as I paid prior to 2010). The majority of the perks had disappeared as well.
Then I happened to see this article in Crain’s Cleveland Business that confirmed what I already had guessed – prices were going up about 3%. It’s the first increase since 2008, although with my plan at least, my price remained relatively consistent outside of the drop for the 2011 season.
I haven’t seen any announcement about prices for single game tickets, although it’s likely they will see a slight jump as well. The Indians have tiered pricing (a strategy of many Major League teams) where there are different prices for more “high demand” games like weekends and interleague match-ups.
This probably means that the Indians have high expectations for 2012, or at least hope that fans are banking on a good team next year. When you’re already 24th out of 30 teams in attendance, I’m not sure I’d personally go with a price increase (even a modest one like this). I guess we’ll see how things play out next season. I know that the last few Septembers, I haven’t even been able to give tickets away.