With the seemingly all-powerful and all-secure NFL trimming jobs in its New York headquarters and with the Minnesota economy in the tank, the Vikings this morning announced the franchise is freezing all ticket prices for the 2009 season at 2008 levels.
“Our family and ownership group have been energized by the passion of Vikings fans since we took ownership of the team,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf, brother of Zygi, said in a release. “We feel this decision will give more fans the opportunity to share in the experience that has created a tremendous home-field advantage, which we look to continue as we build a championship team.”
By the way, the team’s owners have plans to seek public funding for a stadium this coming legislative session.
The ticket price freeze will mark the first time since the 1998 season that ticket prices have been unchanged across all price levels, the team said.
This year’s prices: Season-ticket prices ran this season from $99 (obstructed view) for 10 games to $1,230 ($123 per game.) Single-game tickets are a bit more expensive for each contest at the Metrodome.
The move comes as Timberwolves attendance is foundering and shortly after the Twins announced an increase in ticket prices as they move into new Target Field in 2010.