You figured this was coming, right? After a 97-win season, the Cubs have increased season-ticket prices across the board. Before I tell you exactly how much mine increased, here's some useful information via Carrie Muskat's blog:
Colin Faulkner, vice president, sales and partnerships, said Friday that nearly 1.2 million people sought to purchase Cubs postseason tickets. There now are more than 73,000 on the Cubs season ticket waiting list. According to the Cubs’ data, the average ticket price increased more than 20 percent from 2014 to 2015 on the secondary market. Postseason tickets often were being sold for three to four times face value. The Cubs expect the secondary market pricing to continue to increase in 2016. “It’s clear there’s demand for our tickets right now,” Faulkner said. “Weighing all the data available to us, we’ve made the decision to adjust prices to all sections of the ballpark. It will vary on season ticket holders location but the average increase is around 10 percent. There are some that will be slightly lower than that, some slightly higher.”
Bleacher season tickets for 2015 cost $3,066.56. A full-season bleacher season ticket for 2016 will be $3,395.84, an increase of $329.28, or 10.7 percent. I don't have a full breakdown of pricing yet by games, but I'll post that when I receive the full details. Right now I simply have the total amount on my invoice.
The Cubs also sent out spring-training invoices Friday, with payment due by December 9. A spring-training lawn ticket for 2015 is $150, which is $15 more than last year's cost of $135 for 15 games at Sloan Park. That's a per-game cost of $10, a $1 increase per game over 2015, a modest increase and still a pretty good value. Last year, single-game prices were higher and I'd expect that to be the case again in 2016.
This is the cost of winning. I think it's worth it.