CINCINNATI -- While the price of admission to a Bengals game in 2014 will remain one of the least expensive in the NFL, the average ticket price will still go up by more than $2 per seat.
The Bengals organization announced Friday that nearly half of Paul Brown Stadium’s season ticket locations will have no price increase next season. But, on average, tickets will cost $2.30 more per seat.
“After selling out every regular season and playoff game in 2013, we want to continue that success and maintain our competitive advantage at home,” said Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice-president.
The team’s per-ticket average price in 2013 was the ninth lowest in the NFL. On average, Bengals tickets were 20 percent less expensive the league average.
Blackburn says the ticket prices reflect various factors ranging from league economics to the cost of living in the Tri-State.
Making a third straight trip to the playoffs may have also played a role.
“We have set ticket prices in 2014 taking into account league economics and pricing of tickets in markets similar to Cincinnati. The result is some ticket price increases, but many seats prices are not changing,” she said.
Price increases will only be in place on 55 percent of reserve seats, and the price will be flat from 2013 to 2014 on 45 percent of seats, according to a release from the Bengals.
No locations will be increased more than $5 per seat. The only areas of increase will be prime sections in the lower rows of the canopy level (from $68 to $73), the corners and end zones on field level (from $72 to $75) and the sidelines on field level (from $85 to $90).
All other areas will be priced the same as in 2013.
“We are sensitive to increasing prices and worked to limit the increases to those areas of the stadium in the most demand and for which tickets on the secondary market are re-sold well above the Bengals price,”
said Andrew Brown, Bengals ticket manager.
“These are the most sought-after seats in the house,” Brown said, “and our analysis of the market shows heightened demand, with fans paying well above face value on the secondary market for these seats.”
Of course, not all ticket prices went up. Admission prices for several sections will be as low as $40 per game. The same seats were decreased from a $60 price point in 2011.
“For those areas where we have the most open inventory, we kept prices flat so that the seats will be attractive and accessible to fans, available at the right prices to help us to reach the goal of selling out our games.”
The 2014 home schedule includes division rivals Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, along with Denver, Carolina, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Tennessee. There will also be two home preseason games.
Sales will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22) through the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 513-621-TDTD (8383), or through the “Tickets” tab on the home page of Bengals.com .