That not-so-little price hike next weekend at Safeco Field hasn’t gone unnoticed north of the border.
Toronto fans are crying foul, according to the CBC.
It’s a common practice throughout Major League Baseball to adjust ticket prices based on demand, and the Mariners chose to push the envelope for their upcoming three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
It’s called dynamic pricing.
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For example, a ticket for seating in the main level (lower bowl) ranges from $29-75 for the three-game series against Minnesota, which runs Tuesday through Thursday.
When the Blue Jays arrive Friday for the weekend, the price range jumps to $66-175. The range then recedes for upcoming games against Detroit (June 20-22) to $29-72, and first-place Houston (June 23-25) to $33-90.
Ticket prices in other areas of the stadium show similar increases for the three games against Toronto.
The Mariners grumbled last season at seeing their home park turn into a western version of the Rogers Centre when Toronto fans flocked to Safeco and pushed attendance to 34,807, 33,598 and 39,614 for a three-game series in September.
Those were the Mariners’ three biggest crowds in the season’s final month.
Those fans are welcome to return this weekend.
For a price.
Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners