TORONTO, Ont. – If you’re a Maple Leafs or Raptors fans, it looks like you’ll have to be shelling out a little more money for tickets next season.
This after Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment confirmed they are set to hike ticket prices by 2.5 per cent for Raptors and Leafs games next year.
MLSE President Tom Anselmi told the Toronto Star the increase in price is a “cost of living increase”.
The news isn’t sitting too well with some of the sports fans in the city that 680News spoke to.
“It’s already pretty hard for the average person to go to the game, I think with the increased ticket prices I think it’s going to push out even more common kind of fans,” one fan told 680News.
“You want to have your devout fans come out and watch the game, it’s just not affordable for anybody,” said another fan. “It’s unaffordable for the common person, and I really don’t know how they pack the seats.”
Anselmi told the Star the hike reflects increased costs to the sports organization, such as player salaries, operating costs and league costs.
According to a press release from MLSE, in the past five seasons Leafs prices have been essentially flat with a net cumulative increase of only 0.5 per cent.
The release adds that the Leafs have not increased prices since the 2009-10 season, while the Raptors have actually had a cumulative decrease in price the past five seasons of 7.5 per cent.
“We are fortunate to have a loyal and committed season seat base for all of our teams,” Anselmi said. “Our costs continue to increase and we intend to continue spending on players, coaches, scouts and facilities to ensure that our teams have every resource they need at their disposal to win.”
Some seasons tickets holders reportedly received renewal invoices this week that reflected the increase.