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Vikings won't raise season-ticket prices

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings management, Vikings off the field Updated: February 9, 2011 - 6:48 PM
The Vikings won’t raise season-ticket prices for the second time in three years.
 
The decision was made with the team coming off a disappointing 6-10 finish and after the Metrodome roof collapsed in December under the weight of 17 inches of snow, causing one “home” game to be moved to Detroit and another to TCF Bank Stadium.
 
“There were multiple factors,” said Steve LaCroix, the Vikings Chief Marketing Officer. “We wanted to acknowledge our fan base for their patience during the process of some definite inconveniences toward the end of last season. ... We wanted to make that gesture and make sure we put them in the best spot possible to renew their tickets.”
 
The Vikings also did not raise season-ticket prices during tough economic times in 2009 and last year increased them by an average of 3 percent. Seats will continue to cost between $29 and $128 per game.
 
With the NFL’s labor deal set to expire on March 4, the Vikings also informed season-ticket holders in a letter recently sent out that they will provide a full refund if there are any preseason or regular-season home games cancelled. This is in line with a policy established by the NFL.
 
As for what will be done with the Dome’s roof, a recommendation on how to fix it is expected to be announced Thursday, according to officials with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. The Vikings don’t want to stay in the facility long-term -- their lease expires after 2011 -- but their letter did read, “we also continue to monitor the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission’s efforts to safely repair the Metrodome roof and ensure Mall of America Field remains the team’s home stadium in 2011.”
 
The Vikings likely won’t announce single-game ticket prices until late spring or summer.
 
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