It’s rare that we offer Part 2 to a column, but the response to Thursday’s piece about the lagging attendance at Fenway Park this season necessitated one.
The majority of responders felt the cost of tickets and the overall experience are the biggest reasons Fenway attendance is down just under 3,000 fans per game this year.
Here’s the reason I don’t fully buy that — the Red Sox have always had the highest or among the highest ticket prices in baseball.
They were selling out Fenway at the height of the economic downturn, with teams of lesser ability than this one. Middle-class families indicate they are priced out of seats at Fenway. We don’t dispute that. But that was also the case two and three years ago when ticket prices were about the same as they are now.
The Red Sox, according to chief operating officer Sam Kennedy, have not increased ticket prices for two seasons and haven’t increased them in three of the last five seasons.
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