Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Crap Seats for Sale

I am the (at times not so) proud owner of two pair of Chicago Bear season tickets. I also signed up for a third pair as an experiment - just to see how long it would take to actually get them. I am guessing within a year or two on that.

I received an email from the Bears yesterday. The email was received by the account on the waiting list. I could get season tickets! Sort of. Here is the email:

Dear xx:
Thank you for being a valued member of our Season Ticket Priority List. We know you've been patiently waiting for your name to be called. We were able to offer a limited number of season tickets to Priority List accounts this year; unfortunately your position was not reached. Your new ranking on the Priority List will be updated later this summer.
Although you will not be offered season tickets through the Priority List at this time, we do have two incredible FRONT ROW season ticket opportunities available for the 2010 season at Soldier Field! This very special offer will allow you to become a Bears Season Ticket Holder TODAY by purchasing one of the two season ticket options described below. Your decision to take advantage of this Club Seat season ticket offer will not affect your current position on the Priority List. The option to purchase these season tickets will be exclusively open to Priority List accounts through Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

TOUCHDOWN CLUB SEATS
These seats are fantastically located in Row 1 of the south endzone! Touchdown Club Seats offer all of the benefits of our traditional United Club Seats with a front-row view of the action. Only 72 season tickets are available! Each season ticket costs $4,000 in 2010.
Touchdown Club Seat Benefits include:
• Gameday access to the climate-controlled United Club.
• One free parking pass for every account.
• Opportunity to purchase tickets to most other events at Soldier Field before the general public.
• Complimentary Gameday program and roster card.
• Option to make Club Buffet reservations at any time during the season for any game.
• Invites to exclusive Club Seat STH events.
• Annual appreciation gift.

SIDELINE CLUB SEATS
Located on their own exclusive platform in front of sections 103 & 104, Sideline Club Seats are the closest seats to all the action on gameday! This sideline view at the goal line will make every Bears touchdown a unique experience. These seats offer all the benefits of a traditional United Club Seat and only eight seats are available for the 2010 season! Each season ticket costs $5,200 in 2010.
Sideline Club Seat Benefits include:
• Padded chair with cup holder.
• Gameday access to the climate controlled United Club.
• One free parking pass with every two seats purchased (max of 3 parking passes per-account).
• Opportunity to purchase tickets to most other events at Soldier Field before the general public.
• Complimentary Gameday program and roster card.
• Option to make Club Buffet reservations at any time during the season for any game.
• Invites to exclusive Club Seat STH events.
• Annual appreciation gift.
A PERMANENT SEAT LICENSE (PSL) OR A SECURITY DEPOSIT IS NOT REQUIRED WITH EITHER SEASON TICKET PACKAGE.

So you can see the incredible value you are getting. For one package you are paying $400 per game, and the other is $520 per game. That is ten games - remember TWO are lame pre-season games.

Have you ever sat in the front row for a football game in a big stadium? I have. They are unquestionably the crappiest seats in the house unless you want to be on TV.

I will give the Bears a bit of credit for not charging a psl for these seats and for coming up with a novel idea. But the price should be indicative of the place that the seats are located.

Cross posted at Fire Everybody.

2 comments:

Gerry from Valpo said...

Speaking for myself and as one who has experienced front row at all Chicago pro sports venues I can honestly say this.

ML Baseball is the only game that is enjoyable to watch from the front row.

Carl from Chicago said...

Actually basketball is pretty cool if you get those court side Jack Nicholson seats. You just have to watch out for some giant seven foot dude crashing in to you.

But agreed the Bears are smart to try to package those up as great seats.