Browns raising ticket prices for 57 percent of seats at FirstEnergy Stadium

Courtesy of The News-Herald:

The Browns are increasing ticket prices for 57 percent of the seating inside FirstEnergy Stadium, the team announced on Jan. 31.

The 2019 price increase of about seven percent per ticket is the first by the team since 2015 and the second since 2008. The team announced the cost of 43 percent of season tickets will remain unchanged or decrease. The pricing for tickets in more than 68 percent of the upper bowl will not change.

“After thoroughly evaluating stadium pricing, attendance and various factors across the league, we decided to adjust ticket pricing in certain sections of FirstEnergy Stadium in 2019,” Browns vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the passion and support from Browns season ticket members and fans, and when we considered implementing a new pricing structure, one of our most important priorities was ensuring all fans have affordable options to attend home games.

“We also expect that our average ticket price will remain one of the four-lowest in the league following an approximately seven percent increase this year.”

The Browns finished 7-8-1 in 2018 – their best record since they were 10-6 in 2007.

Some ticket prices were decreased in 2017. Despite the 2019 increase, 92 percent of ticket prices in the upper bowl are less than in 2015 and 2016, according to the news release.

The Browns said the majority of pricing changes are impacting the lower bowl, upper prime, end zone mezzanine and select premium clubs. The areas are considered the most desirable sections at FirstEnergy Stadium “based on factors of season ticket percentages, attendance rates, demand, sightlines and other factors across the league,” according to the news release.

Browns season tickets begin at $30 to $40 a game. The four sections nearest the 50-yard line in the upper bowl are increasing from $55 to $60 and $65 to $70 per ticket. Renewal information for 2019 will be sent to season ticket holders on Feb. 4, the team announced.

The Browns will host the Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Titans, Bills, Dolphins, Rams and Seahawks in 2019. Dates for those games have not been determined. The NFL will release the 2019 schedule in April.