With the new season ticket prices the Caps have announced for next season, two 400 level Caps season tickets that went for $1713 total in 2008-09 will now go for $3266 next season. That’s a 90.7% increase in 5 years.
It’s a business and the team needs to capitalize while they are hot, but raising the prices every year for five years and to this extent feels like a little much. Meanwhile, the Ravens announced their ticket prices will remain the same for the third straight year, with their president saying, “We know that our fans are continuing to be stretched financially to pay for season tickets. While the economy is improving, it’s still not strong.”
Why aren’t the Caps rewarding their plan holders a bit for their loyalty? Maybe take a year off with the price hikes? The Ravens have taken three.
Read more about it here: BrooksLaichyear.com: “Looking at the bigger picture and the dollars of the Caps continued season ticket price increases“
Over on BrooksLaichyear.com, the Caps blog that my brother and I just started, I took a look at Caps ticket prices on StubHub and some upcoming games that might end up being fairly inexpensive. I got five tickets in the 400 level to last Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets for $8.99 each late that afternoon on StubHub. Looking at the schedule and the StubHub prices and inventory, there could be some more opportunities for Caps ticket bargains coming up.
In other Caps news, for those who followed this blog for CSN/CSN+ related information, check out this post over on the DC Sports Bog, which explains that DirecTV has added CSN+ in HD. That took awhile—it’s only been 17 months since CSNWashington announced they’d start broadcasting all Caps and Wizards games in HD.
I made my first trip to DC Brau headquarters today, after reading a @dcbrau tweet that they had the FWR Imperial Pumpkin Porter on tap—I’m a sucker for any pumpkin beer and it’s usually tough to find them outside the fall season.
I’d had DC Brau’s The Public two or three times at some local bars, but had never visited their brewery. I sampled a couple of beers and got a growler of the FWR and a six pack of The Corruption to go, and the whole process was easy. There was a good crowd there too.
Our WAKA Kickball box now has a QR code on it. Check it out at the link.
- USA Today Sports QR Code (mikeholden.wordpress.com)
- QR Code on a Krispy Kreme box (mikeholden.wordpress.com)
- QR code on a banana (mikeholden.wordpress.com)
A group of WAKA Kickball players in Connecticut are looking to break the Guinness World Record for the longest kickball game. It will take place March 30-April 1 and they’re raising money for a great cause too: Kick-It, which was started by a child cancer patient and raises money for children’s cancer research through charity kickball games. Check out the details at that link.
The push is on for our spring WAKA Kickball and Dodgeball leagues.
Like it says on our Facebook page right now, “Round up your office team…email your friends and put a group together…or sign-up as a free agent and meet new people. Spring is right around the corner and the options are endless with WAKA!”
We also have a new website up for anyone looking at sports-related franchise opportunities. Check out our new social sports franchise video on YouTube as well.
Here’s something from the D.C. Sports Bog that might be of interest to those who like to see tickets stay out of the hands of the opposing team’s fans.
“…starting Friday morning at 8 a.m., the club will begin selling single-game tickets for just a single weekend series: May 4-6, against the Phillies. These tickets will remain on sale for a full month before the rest of single-game tickets go on sale. And they’ll be available only to buyers with a credit card tied to an address in Maryland, the District or Virginia.”
— DC Sports Bog
I know of an owner of a local hockey team that tried something similar once. I wonder what he thinks about this.