Originally created 11/23/04

Red Sox tickets climbing again



BOSTON - The World Series champion Boston Red Sox raised their ticket prices by an average of 7 percent for next year, with the price of field boxes increasing by $10 to $85.

The Red Sox will open at Yankee Stadium on April 4 and then play their home opener on April 11 against New York. That will give the Yankees a chance to watch while the Red Sox raise the World Series banner above Fenway Park.

The teams also close the regular season against each other, at Fenway Park from Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Boston goes to Wrigley Field from June 10-12, the first visit there by the Red Sox since they played the Cubs in the 1918 Series. The Cincinnati Reds, who beat the Red Sox in the 1975 Series, will visit Fenway Park from June 13-15.

Despite playing in baseball's oldest and smallest ballpark and charging the highest average ticket price in the major leagues, the Red Sox sold every available seat last season and set an attendance record for the fifth consecutive year.

Most box seats will go up by $10, with standing room going up from $18 to $20. More seats have been shifted into the upper bleacher category, lowering their price from $20 to $12. The team said that 57 percent of the ticket prices will remain the same or go up by $1.

"We will invest that revenue to assemble a winning team worthy of our fans' support, and to maintain one of major league baseball's highest payrolls," team president Larry Lucchino said. "We are committed to being aggressive in defense of our World Series title."

The Red Sox plan to announce Tuesday that concourses will be widened next season and concession stands added. A restaurant will be open year-round.

The team already has torn out the playing field so the drainage can be improved. The clubhouse and training facilities are also being upgraded.

Boston plans intends to add about 1,000 seats for 2006.