Ticket prices for the Seattle Mariners will increase in 2013 despite less-than-impressive attendance numbers the past few seasons, according to 710 ESPN Seattle's Bill Swartz. The price jumps will include almost every section and will increase anywhere from four to 11 percent.
Mariners vice president Randy Adamack told Swartz that the changes are necessary to maintain the franchise, but he said that the team is trying to keep prices as affordable as possible.
Much of the backlash, according to The Seattle Times, is because the team did not warn season-ticket holders of the upcoming price hikes.
The changes come at a time when Seattle is reassessing its sections and moving the outfield fences. In addition, eight Safeco Field seating areas are being relabeled into four. According to The Seattle Times, the most popular sections are seeing the highest increases in pricing.
Adamack told the newspaper that the team didn't mean to mislead its fans, and having a public explanation of the ticket price increases was too confusing considering the wide range of price changes involved.