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Panthers to raise ticket prices in 2010

According to Darin Gantt, the Panthers will raise ticket prices for the 2010 season:

At a time when the team’s purging salary, the Carolina Panthers are asking ticket holders for more of theirs.

The Panthers said Friday that they’d raise ticket prices between $1 and $9 per seat. A team spokesman said roughly half the tickets in the stadium would go up between $1 and $3 each.

It’s the eighth time in the last 11 years they’ve raised prices, after an early trend toward holding costs steady.

The Panthers kept prices constant the first five years of the franchise’s existence, but since then have hiked ticket costs each year besides 2003, 2007 and 2009.

The Panthers are quick to remind that they’re still among the cheapest tickets in the league, in the bottom half. They’ll also point out that the other two teams with privately funded stadiums (Washington and New England) are among the league’s most expensive tickets.

The team has also announced some new payment options, as PSL owners can break up their season-ticket renewals into three equal payments, due in April, May and June.

So let me get this straight: You’re purging the roster to get younger and save money, yet you feel the need to raise ticket prices so fans can pay more money to watch a lesser quality product? Okay, that makes perfect sense.

I know it’s not a lot of money, but it’s the principle of the matter. In this economy, teams should be doing everything they can to lower ticket prices, especially when they’ve already admitted that they’re not going to spend a lot of money on the team to begin with. Why should fans pay more to see an inferior product, especially when fans in the local area (who would be purchasing the majority of the tickets) can just stay home and watch the game on television for free? (Granted enough fans buy tickets so the game doesn’t get blacked out.)

Of course, it doesn’t really effect me that much: I wasn’t planning to purchase tickets to a game this season anyway. I live too far away from Charlotte to make it a reasonable day trip, and I would also have to consider hotel accommodations, child care, and all those other “extra expenses” that would make it not worth the price when I can tune in to FOX or CBS and watch in the comfort of my own home for free.

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