The Bears sent a letter this morning to Season Ticket Holders about raising ticket prices. Invoices are due by April 7th. Here's what Bears President and CEO, Ted Phillips, wrote:
Dear Season Ticket Holder:
Thank you for being an integral part of the team during an exciting 2010 season and playoff run. We appreciate your tremendous support throughout the entire season, which included a NFC North Division title and two home playoff games at Soldier Field. As preparations for the 92nd season of Chicago Bears football begin, our number one goal remains the same - bringing a Super Bowl championship home to Chicago and the best fans in the NFL.
There are many positives to build upon from the 2010 campaign in all phases of the game. Defensively the Bears finished third in the NFL in offensive points allowed with 256, second in rushing defense (90.1 yards per game) and third in opponent quarterback passer rating (74.4). Devin Hester returned three punts for touchdowns, setting the NFL's all-time kick return touchdown mark at 14, while Brian Urlacher became the franchise's all-time leader in career tackles (1,556). Matt Forte joined Hall of Famer Walter Payton as the only players in franchise history to record 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season (1,069 and 547). He also became the first player in franchise history with at least 1,400 scrimmage yards in each of his first three NFL seasons. Four Bears were selected to the Pro Bowl (Lance Briggs, Hester, Julius Peppers and Urlacher) and Peppers and Hester earned first-team All-Pro honors as well.
Although the official 2011 schedule with dates and times will not be announced until later this spring, we look forward to hosting the following teams during the regular season at Soldier Field: Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, and the Seattle Seahawks.
In order to remain competitive within the NFL and to field the best team to compete for a championship, ticket prices will increase in 2011. The new 2011 ticket prices reflect increases from $5 to $30 per seat. We continually strive to bring you the best product for your entertainment dollar. Every Bears game is a daylong event and each contest is of critical importance, making the value of a Bears season ticket among the top entertainment opportunities in Chicago. We will continue to look at new ideas to make your game day experience the best in the NFL.
As you may know, the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement - the contract between the league and the labor union representing the players - is set to expire on March 4. We all want football without interruption while ensuring the game is sound and strong well into the future. We have no doubt an agreement will be reached with the union. As Commissioner Roger Goodell recently stated, "These are not easy negotiations, but the outcome can be positive. If both sides give a little, everyone, including fans, will get a lot and the game will improve through innovation."
The invoice for your 2011 season tickets is enclosed. The due date for payment in full is April 7, 2011. In order to make the payment process easier, the online credit card payment option is available. Visit the "My Bears Season Ticket Account" section on ChicagoBears.com for more information. In the event any games are cancelled, you will be given the option between a refund or credit to future games (please refer to your invoice remittance stub). Refunds will be paid no later than 30 days after final determination of how many games will be played during the 2011 NFL season.
You are vitally important to the success of this franchise. On behalf of the entire Bears organization, thank you for your loyalty and support. We look forward to another great season in 2011. Go Bears!