The Bears are in serious jeopardy of not selling out their home opener for the first time in recent memory.
As Brad Biggs pointed out on Twitter Monday afternoon, many sections of Soldier Field have not yet sold out for Sunday’s tilt against the Falcons. In fact, as shown in the image below (taken at 6 PM Central Time on Tuesday), only a handful have sold out, as the ones in blue indicate there are tickets available.
This could be looked at one or two ways. The more cynical view would be that this is terrible, given that Chicago is the biggest non-shared market in the league. Double this with the fact that Soldier Field is the 3rd smallest stadium in the league, and soon to be the smallest once the Chargers and Raiders get their new stadiums, and the lack of ticket sales is somewhat disturbing.
However, there is a part of that above image which is a lot more concerning. There is not a ticket to be had at Soldier Field for less than $100.
It’s true, everything costs more in Chicago. It’s hard to find a place to park your car in Chicago for less than $20. However, the McCaskey’s have built this team off the backs of overcharging consumers because of the city they live in.
The thing is, this isn’t abnormal. However, to the extent in which the Bears overcharge their fans for tickets isn’t normal.
The Bears’ average ticket price this season, per Vivid Seats, is $209, which ranks seventh in the league, and an 11% increase over last season’s price. All six teams ahead of them were playoff teams last season, and that doesn’t even include “America’s Team”. The Cowboys actually charge less for a ticket than the Chicago Bears.
Pair this with the fact that the team was a 3-win team last season, and the ticket prices seem obnoxious, and Bears fans are finally expressing their displeasure.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you not to go to Bears games. That would be hypocritical of me because I’d go in a heartbeat if I had the money to do so. However, I will use this as a moment to express my disappointment and anger with the McCaskey family.
If you do want to purchase Bears tickets for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, please visit Ticketmaster.