Originally created 01/03/01

Masters officials raise prices



One of the most coveted tickets in sports - a Masters Tournament badge - is going to cost more this year.

Tournament officials raised the price of a series badge, which is good for admission for all four days of tournament play, from $100 to $125. Patrons found out about the change when applications for series badges for this year's tournament were mailed out last week.

The 2001 Masters is scheduled for April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.

It is the first series badge price increase since 1993, Augusta National director of communications Glenn Greenspan said Tuesday.

Compared with prices for other major sporting events, though, the Masters badge is a bargain. General admission to Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa will cost fans $325 per ticket - if they were lucky enough to get a chance to buy them. The PGA Championship, to be played in August at Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga., charges $60 apiece for Thursday and Friday tickets and $75 for admission on Saturday and Sunday.

Series badge prices for the Masters have been relatively stable since the late 1980s. The badge cost $85 in 1988, increased to $90 in 1989 and went to $100 in 1993, Greenspan said.

The change in the series badge price is just one of many ticket related changes made in the past several months.

Last May, the club announced an increase in ticket prices for the practice rounds. Tickets for Monday and Tuesday rounds will cost $21. Admission to Wednesday's practice round, which includes the Par-3 Contest, will cost $26.

Also last summer, Augusta National reopened its waiting list to give selected individuals a chance at purchasing tournament badges. The waiting list was established in 1972 and closed in 1978 when it grew to such a size that most on the list would not receive tickets for many years.

Reach John Boyette at (706) 823-3337 or jboyette@augustachronicle.com.

Ticket prices for other major sporting events:

2001 Super Bowl - $325, club and box seats $400

2000 World Series - General admission $50, box seats $160

2001 PGA Championship - $60 per day Thursday and Friday and $75 per day Saturday and Sunday

2001 Kentucky Derby - $40 general admission (reserved seats sold out)