Lions will not raise ticket prices for 2011

The combination of a four-game winning streak to close the 2010 season and no raise in ticket prices for 2011 is something the Detroit Lions hope will spur interest in sales.

The club announced that ticket prices will remain flat moving into next season, according to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News. They’re at least the third known team to make this announcement, joining the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. It could be that the labor showdown has led at least some owners to show respect for the fans and not boost prices knowing negotiations could become protracted.

The Lions sold out seven of their eight games this season after filling Ford Field for only four games in 2009. Television ratings for the team were up 37 percent over the previous season. It should also be noted that the Lions lowered the price of about 19,000 season tickets before this season, roughly one-fourth of the capacity of the stadium.

The last time the Lions raised ticket prices was in 2008 before the 0-16 meltdown.

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