Here's something that might brighten the midwinter doldrums for frustrated Eagles fans: the team isn't raising ticket prices for 2012, the Daily News has learned. All tickets will remain at 2011 levels, Eagles president Joe Banner said today.
"This is something we're thrilled to be able to do," said Banner, who said this is the fourth year in a row prices have been stable. "There aren't many teams who are selling out their stadiums and have a waiting list of more than 40,000 who are doing that. In fact, I would say there aren't any teams like that who haven't raised prices for four years."
Banner said he expects the Birds' average ticket price will rank somewhere around 20th in the 32-team league when all is said and done, around 12th once premium seating is factored in.
Obviously, the move comes against a backdrop of extraordinary fan frustration over the Eagles missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record despite many glamorous offseason moves last year.
"Everything is affected by how the season goes," Banner acknowledged. "But we're happy, in these tough economic times, to be able to do this. We're trying to be as reasonable as we can."
Banner said prices on Eagles tickets through secondary markets last season were near the top of the league, indicating demand would support a price increase, but the team decided it would be better to hold the line.
He said invoices are going out this week.