I normally don’t write about the Charlotte Stone Crabs. They are outside of Tampa Bay and out of the purview of this site. However, I want to comment on some recent Stone Crabs news.
According to the Stone Crabs website, the team is reducing ticket costs by 21% across the board.
Box seats are being lowered to $9.50 while reserve seating will drop to $8.50 when fans purchase tickets in advance. Child and Military tickets for both pricing levels will be $8.
Comparatively, tickets for the Bradenton Marauders are $10 for the Infield, $8 for the Baselines, and $6 for the bleachers. Perhaps the Stone Crabs were pricey compared to other teams.
The Stone Crabs were in the middle of the pack in regards to Florida State League attendance in 2016. They drew 95,588 fans to Charlotte Sports Park, averaging 1,593 fans per game.
So besides the typical public relations spiel about giving the fans better value, why did the Stone Crabs lower their prices? Seemed like something they didn’t have to do. Fans were still going at the prices offered last season.
It will be interesting to see if the Stone Crabs ticket price reduction results in more ticket sales.