- The Washington Times - Friday, December 28, 2001

The Baltimore Orioles are raising ticket prices on the majority of seats at Camden Yards for the 2002 season, the club announced yesterday.
About 37,500 seats at the 48,000-seat ballpark including everything between first and third base will increase in price from $1 to $5, the Orioles' first price hike in five years.
Tickets for about 5,300 seats in the left field upper deck will decrease in price $1 to $4, and prices on about 4,600 outfield seats in both decks will remain the same.
The increase will leave the average price of an Orioles game ticket around $22 (up from $19.78, according to Team Marketing Report), which may rank among the 10 most expensive in baseball. Baltimore was 14th out of 30 teams last season.
The average MLB game ticket last season cost $18.86. The Boston Red Sox ($36.08) had the highest average price in the sport, while the Montreal Expos ($9.70) and Minnesota Twins ($9.55) widely believed to be the two teams earmarked for elimination had the lowest.
"We have weighed the need to cover the rising costs and operating deficits the Orioles have encountered over the past five years with our desire to keep Orioles baseball as affordable as possible for families and the average fan," chief operating officer Joe Foss said. "We believe we have done this by maintaining and even reducing the price on a significant portion of our seating. Even the largest increase $5 on our best seats comes out to an average increase of just $1 a year over the past five years."
The largest dollar amount increase in ticket prices ($5) occurs in the club, field and lower box sections. Club box tickets are up from $35 to $40, field boxes from $30 to $35 and $27 to $32 and lower boxes from $20 to $25.
The largest percentage increase in ticket prices occurs in the right-field bleachers, which used to cost $9. That section, which is renamed Eutaw Street Reserved, will now cost $13 per ticket, a 44.4 percent increase.
The cheapest tickets ($9) are now in the left-field upper deck, down from $11 and $13. Standing room only tickets are up from $7 to $8.
Individual tickets for all games except Opening Day go on sale Jan. 12.

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