Bears raise prices for all seats in Soldier Field

Sixteen teams have announced they will freeze tickets prices in 2011, and some have cited labor uncertainty as one reason why.

But the Chicago Bears announced an across-the-board raise in ticket prices for the coming season on Friday, a move that should keep them in the top five in the NFL. According to the Associated Press, the Bears were fifth in average ticket price last season at $93.55.

The hike marks the first time in three years the Bears have raised the price of all seats in Soldier Field, which has the smallest seating capacity of any stadium in the NFL at 61,500. Non-club level seats will raise from $5 to $15 per ticket. The range for those seats in 2010 was from $74 to $140. Club seats will go up between $10 and $30 per seat. They ranged from $265 to $530 last season.

Team president Ted Phillips, in a letter to season-ticket holders, wrote that increases were needed “in order to remain competitive within the NFL and to field the best team to compete for a championship."

Full payment for seats is due by April 7.

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