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Red Sox raise ticket prices for next season

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The Red Sox on Wednesday announced that ticket prices for 2017 would go up by an average of 2.9 percent. The increase will affect virtually all seats at Fenway Park outside of the upper rows of some sections of the grandstands.

Tickets will go up by at least $1 and in some cases by as much as $5 per game. Of the 26 ticketed sections at Fenway, 19 have price increases.

There is a $5 jump for the first five rows of the field box seats and the entire upper bleachers. For the upper bleachers, the leap from $15 to $20 represents an increase of just over 33 percent.


Along with the back rows of the grandstands in the outfield and from Sections 13-27, the only ticket prices that didn’t change were those for the Budweiser Deck tables in right field and standing room in various areas.

There is no one set price for Sox games. The 81 home games are divided into five tiers, with prices based on each game’s desirability. The nine games against the Yankees and three against the Chicago Cubs are among the 16 games in Tier 1. An additional 15 games are in Tier 2.

The Red Sox, who have the highest average ticket prices in the major leagues, have raised prices by 4.5 percent the last two years. In 2016, the average Red Sox ticket cost $54.79, according to Team Marketing Report.

Ticket prices have gone up in three of the last four years. The Red Sox finished 93-69 last season and won the American League East before being swept out of the playoffs in three games by the Cleveland Indians.

Ticket sales start Dec. 10 at the annual Christmas at Fenway event.

The Red Sox drew 2,955,434 fans in 2016, eighth in baseball.


Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.