Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Green Bay Packers have raised their ticket prices for preseason and regular-season games next season. The team announced the increases in a press release Thursday.
The price changes don’t affect tickets uniformly. Regular-season tickets will increase by $7 over last year’s prices while those for preseason contests rise by a more modest $2. That works out to an additional $44 per seat for Green package holders (six regular-season games) and $16 per seat for those who have the Gold package (the remaining two regular-season games).
The Packers note that even with the increases their prices fall below the NFL average. However, they have raised ticket prices for nine consecutive years. Those increases seemed more palatable during Green Bay’s eight-year playoff streak, but it comes off quite differently following a disastrous 2017 campaign. Still, for a team with a season-ticket waiting list well above 100,000, these kinds of price increases shouldn’t affect the bottom line.
The NFL has not released the Packers’ 2018 schedule, but their opponents have been set. In addition to the six matchups against NFC North foes, Green Bay will host five teams at Lambeau Field (Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and Atlanta Falcons) and travel to play their remaining five opponents (Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Washington). Once the Packers receive their schedule, the second and fifth regular-season home contests will become the Gold package games with the rest going to the Green package.