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purplepat
02-06-2007, 08:29 AM
This quote is from a Vikings season ticket holder on another site who got a letter from the Vikes/Wilf yesterday regarding season tickets:

"in the coming days you will receive a package of information regarding your season tickets';
"As a commitment to our loyal fans, two-thirds of the seats in the Metrodome this upcoming season will have the same or lower price than the past season.
New in 2007, as a tribute to our inaugural season of 1961, we will be offering a number of upper level season tickets for $19.61 per seat per game."

I had been considering cancelling my season tickets this year.
With the wife not working any longer because of our new baby, money is tight even without the expense of season tickets.
As I live 700 miles away, I only go to one or two games a year and sell the rest.
Before last year, the tickets I sold completely paid for my season tickets.
This season, I had to sell virtually every game...including the home opener against the Panthers, the Bears game and the MNF game against the Patriots...for LESS than what I paid for them!
As the season wore on, the price the tickets fetched went for even less and less.
I took a pretty big loss on my tickets this past season.

Last week, I got a call (voice mail) from the Vikings ticket office saying that they had done some "reconfiguring" of the stadium and as a result, my seats were being moved down one row with no increase in cost (I had already been in the lowest row of the $32/$40 seats in the end zone corner).
Today, I looked at Vikings.com and saw that my ticket invoice for the 2007 season is ready, and that my seats are in the $19.61 area!!!
That means I'm moving one row closer to the field, and my season tickets will cost nearly $250 less than they did last year!!!
I will find the money to renew my tickets now!
Thank you, Mr. Wilf!
Maybe there is a God (or a Odin)!

NodakPaul
02-06-2007, 09:10 AM
This is very good news.
I was getting a little worried when I wasn't seeing my invoice yet in the mail or online.
I suspected it was due to a price change, but I had no idea that it would be to lower some prices. ;)

I checked mine online, and they are the same price as last years.
My guess is everything is staying the same except for the 19.61 seats. Cool marketing though.

I also wonder if they are going to be putting some of the new stadium information into the season ticket packets.
I figure that may help generate some more excitement and increase renewals too.

cogitans
02-07-2007, 04:01 AM
Here is a quote from this (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/985739.html) article:


• The Vikings are mailing out season ticket invoices this week. The team has raised prices annually for nine years, but this year at least some tickets will remain unchanged. Team officials plan to release the entire price structure later this week.

In 2006, the Vikings had the NFL's seventh-highest ticket prices, according to Team Marketing Report.

JellyBean2144
02-07-2007, 08:23 AM
Sweet!! Finally an owner that looks out for the fan...sort of.

MVIKING7
02-07-2007, 09:27 PM
Wow, an owner who finally thinks of the fans. My father-in-law is a Giants season holder, and no matter if the Jints were supe winners, or dead last in the division, ticket prices went up, and so did parking. A blue collar guy can't afford to take his kid to a game, when seats like ours are $75 each, and we're 12 rows from the back wall of the upper deck. Parking has gone to $20, gas is $2.45 a gallon, and the tolls to get to and from the stadium are $9.00.So it's a little under $200 for a man to take his kid to a game, to sit in nosebleed heaven, in quite possibly 30degrees or lower.....and he still hasn't eaten yet! All this, and I forgot to mention, this is if you can find a season ticket holder who will sell you 2 tickets, because unlike baseball, there are no general admission seats. I wonder if the rest of the NFL is like this too. Anyone?

singersp
02-07-2007, 09:36 PM
It's pretty simple. If you are trying to push a new stadium thru, you'd best have fans that show up for the games.

He needs to sell season tickets to show people are going to support the Vikings.

They had several season tickets that went unsold last year & it will drop again this year. After last years ticket prices plummeted you'll see a lot more non-renewals this year.

He has to do something to get the tickets to sell if he wants a new stadium.

BadlandsVikings
02-07-2007, 09:40 PM
"singersp" wrote:


It's pretty simple. If you are trying to push a new stadium thru, you'd best have fans that show up for the games.

He needs to sell season tickets to show people are going to support the Vikings.

They had several season tickets that went unsold last year & it will drop again this year. After last years ticket prices plummeted you'll see a lot more non-renewals this year.

He has to do something to get the tickets to sell if he wants a new stadium.

One free hot dog for new season ticket owners.

singersp
02-07-2007, 09:42 PM
"WVV" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


It's pretty simple. If you are trying to push a new stadium thru, you'd best have fans that show up for the games.

He needs to sell season tickets to show people are going to support the Vikings.

They had several season tickets that went unsold last year & it will drop again this year. After last years ticket prices plummeted you'll see a lot more non-renewals this year.

He has to do something to get the tickets to sell if he wants a new stadium.



One free hot dog for new season ticket owners.


I was thinking more on the lines of "A date with a MV Cheerleader"
8)

PurpleGator
02-07-2007, 10:07 PM
Thats very nice of them but I am sure it wouldn't be like this if we were 12-4.


You have to get somebody in the stadium.

Mr Anderson
02-07-2007, 10:10 PM
Bring some offense back to the team.

We had a players who put points on the board, and asses in the seats.... if we get that back, we'll have full fan support, plus an excellent defense, and if the coach can put some of that talent together, a super bowl.


And that will certainly get a new stadium.

PurplePackerEater
02-07-2007, 10:58 PM
"JellyBean2144" wrote:


Sweet!! Finally an owner that looks out for the fan...sort of.


Actually, it's simple supply and demand.

Demand goes down, so do the prices.

purplepat
02-08-2007, 07:55 AM
"PurpleGator" wrote:


Thats very nice of them but I am sure it wouldn't be like this if we were 12-4.


You have to get somebody in the stadium.



That's exactly what I meant.
Like PPE above said, it's supply and demand.
If the Vikes had gone 12-4, I would have expected ticket prices to go up again.
But the team stunk, and looks like they might stink for the next year or two as well.
Even when Green/Tice was putting up 5-11, 6-10 seasons, Red increased the ticket prices.
Last season, the Vikings home sellout streak nearly ended on several occasions.
For the finale against the Rams, they had to give away $25 gift certificates to the Vikings Locker Room store in the MOA with a ticket purchase in order to get the game to sell out.
And there aren't all that many tickets available to the general public after season seats are sold...generally only about 4000 per game.
With the team's poor performance last year, you might have had a bunch of season ticket holders not renewing their seats, especially if you increase the prices after a 6-10 season where you went 2-8 down the stretch.

The folks with the primo seat locations will probably face a ticket price increase and pay it, because the demand for the choice seat locations is high and hard to get back into if you ever leave.
But for the rest of us, this was a good gesture by a owner that understands his product leaves something to be desired.
It's a good move to keep the season ticket base strong.

Prophet
02-09-2007, 12:11 PM
KFFL
Vikings | Ticket prices announced
Fri, 9 Feb 2007 09:54:59 -0800

Judd Zulgad, of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings announced that two-thirds of all season-ticket locations will remain the same price or be reduced for 2007. The remaining one-third of the seat locations in the Metrodome will go up by 1.8 percent to 4.5 percent. This will mark the first time since 1998 that there will not be a general price increase for all seats.


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Season ticket prices announced (http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=479)
Friday, February 9th, 2007
by Judd Zulgad

Coming off a 6-10 finish in Brad Childress’ first year as head coach, the Vikings announced today that two-thirds of all season-ticket locations will have the same or lower price next season. That doesn’t mean there won’t be increases. The remaining one-third of the seat locations in the Metrodome will go up by 1.8 percent to 4.5 percent. Check out the seating chart (http://www.vikings.com/DAM_public/9721.swf).

According to a press release issued by the Vikings, this is the first time since 1998 there will not be a general price increase for all seats. That, of course, was Randy Moss’ rookie year and marked the start of a sellout streak that has reached 94 games but could be in jeopardy of ending if the Vikings struggle in 2007. Failure to sell out a home game means it is not shown locally on television.

The Vikings will pay tribute to their first season in Minnesota (1961) by pricing more than 4,000 upper level season tickets at $19.61 per game. Overall, the team will have 11 pricing options for season tickets after having eight last year. Remember this includes 10 games because season-ticket holders get stuck with the two preseason games.

The top price will be $1,160 and the lowest will be $99 but are advertised as having a “limited view.”
Here is the remainder of the prices: $1,130; $990; $960; $730; $710; $670; $490; $380; and $196.10.

The highest price last season was $1,110, meaning the top ticket has gone up $50. The lowest available season-ticket price on the seating chart last year was $320.

The Vikings home schedule next season will include Philadelphia, Washington, Oakland, San Diego, Atlanta, plus Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay of the NFC North. The two preseason opponents have yet to be announced.

NodakPaul
02-09-2007, 01:07 PM
The new seating chart is available on vikings.com
http://www.vikings.com/DAM_public/9721.swf

They actually added a helluva lot of price levels in there.
I like it because it doesn't make the jump from one price range to the next as steep, even though you are more likely to increase cost when upgrading now.

Prophet
02-12-2007, 06:35 AM
After Sorry Season, Vikings Reward Fans by Not Raising Ticket Prices (http://nfl.aolsportsblog.com/2007/02/11/after-crappy-season-vikings-reward-fans-by-not-raising-ticket-p/)
Posted Feb 11th 2007 8:16PM
by Ryan Wilson

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