(Cleveland) - The Cleveland Browns have announced that season ticket prices will increase for the upcoming N.F.L. season. The club's announcement to season ticket holders is printed as follows:
Statement from Senior Vice President of Communications Peter John-Baptiste on 2019 season ticket prices :
“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. 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.”
2019 season ticket pricing notes:
·A segment of season ticket prices will increase for only the second time in the past 11 years (prior to the 2008 and 2015 seasons). The team decreased a significant number of prices prior to the 2017 season.
·Prices for 43 percent of Browns season tickets will not change or will decrease for the 2019 season.
·The Browns are expected to rank in the bottom four in average per game ticket price.
·With the new structure, the average ticket price will increase approximately 7 percent.
·The majority of pricing changes are impacting the most desirable sections – lower bowl, upper prime, end zone mezzanine and select premium clubs – based on factors of season ticket percentages, attendance rates, demand, sightlines and other factors across the league.
·Browns fans may purchase season tickets from accessible price points as low as $30-40 per game.
· Upper Bowl
More than 68 percent of seats in the upper bowl will remain unchanged.
Season tickets within prime sections of the upper bowl, most notably the four sections nearest the 50-yard line on each side of the stadium, will increase by $5 per seat ($55à$60 and $65à$70)
Despite moderate increases to the prime upper bowl sections, 92 percent of seats in the upper bowl are less expensive than their prices in 2015 and 2016.
· Other notes
Browns single-game ticket prices in 2019 will once again be variably priced, including preseason games that will be below the average full-season per game ticket price.
In addition to home games against AFC North division rivals, the Browns will host the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams, NFC Wild Card winner Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans (9-7), as well as the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and two to-be-determined preseason opponents.
The Browns’ seven-game win improvement (7-8-1) from last year is the team’s biggest turnaround in history. Prior to 2018, the club’s best turnarounds were six-game improvements from 1975-76 and 2006-07.
Last season, six of eight regular season games at FirstEnergy Stadium were sold out (official attendance of 67,431), including the regular season finale in Week 16.
Cleveland posted a 5-2-1 mark at FirstEnergy Stadium – its second-best record at home since 1999 – including three consecutive wins at home to close the season and a 2-0-1 overall mark against AFC North rivals.
The Browns concluded the 2018 season with a 3-2-1 (.583) record against AFC North opponents, their best mark since the formation of the division in 2002.
Browns season ticket members are guaranteed the lowest possible prices and receive additional benefits including access to exclusive Browns experiences through the Season Ticket Member Benefit Card; discounts on single-game tickets and team merchandise; preferred opportunities to purchase tickets to away games and non-football events at the stadium and early registration for Browns events like training camp, the annual draft party and more.
2019 Browns’ home opponents at FirstEnergy Stadium :
Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1)
Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Buffalo Bills (6-10)
Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Los Angeles Rams (13-3)
Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
*Two preseason opponents to be announced