The Red Sox confirmed today that the prices of premium seats will rise in 2007. All non-premium tickets, which represent over 80 percent of the Fenway Park seating, will stay the same in 2007. Only the premium ticket prices in the following locations will rise in 2007: private suites, dugout seats, EMC Club, State Street Pavilion Club, and field boxes. These increases will affect fewer than one in five tickets at Fenway Park.
On October 27, the club announced a freeze on all non-premium seat prices for 2007. Those tickets include pavilion boxes, loge boxes, infield grandstand, outfield grandstand, right field boxes, right field roof boxes, upper bleachers, lower bleachers and general standing room.
The range of increase is three to five percent in most areas and $10.00 on field boxes.
The team released the following statements along with the ticket announcement:
“The improvements we’ve made to Fenway Park, such as breaking the glass of the .406 Club, have helped us cultivate a market for those who will pay premium prices for the best amenities,” Larry Lucchino said. “Those seats have the greatest demand and the longest waiting lists. As we said last month, that market is allowing us to freeze all non-premium tickets, more than 80 percent of the ballpark. That’s why tickets still start as low as $12.00.
“Even though we are holding the line on more than 80% of our seats, it should be evident that we are being aggressive in our efforts to assemble a 2007 squad of whom we can be proud.”
For the Green Monster and Right Field Roof areas, the Red Sox will again conduct an on-line sale (with telephone options for those who do not use computers) in early 2007. The team has not determined pricing for Green Monster and Right Field Roof seating. The Red Sox will also set a date in early 2007 when individual tickets go on sale.
In addition, the Red Sox will again present “Christmas at Fenway” December 9 when Sox Pax and individual tickets to select games will go on sale.
The Red Sox also released their official 2007 schedule that includes most home and away game times.
The Sox will play their home opener versus the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, April 10 at 2:05 p.m. That will be the first of five confirmed weekday afternoon games at Fenway Park in 2007.
In addition to Opening Day, the Red Sox have two other weekday afternoon games in the season’s opening month, Thursday, April 12 versus Seattle (4:05 p.m.) and Patriots Day, Monday, April 16 with the Los Angeles Angels (time TBA). The club will also play at 1:05 p.m. versus Tampa Bay on Thursday, July 5 and Baltimore on Thursday, August 2.
For Saturday home games, the Red Sox have scheduled 1:05 p.m. starts in April and May and 7:05 p.m. contests for the final four months. All Sunday games at Fenway Park have been scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m. The starting times for selected Saturday (FOX) and Sunday (ESPN) games may be changed once Major League Baseball’s national television schedule is announced in January.
All night games during the week at Fenway Park are scheduled as 7:05 p.m. starts in 2007.
The Red Sox’ complete 2007 home and road schedule follows: