Slight price increase for D.C. United tickets

dculogoBrace yourself: D.C. United ticket prices have gone up 75 cents.

At first glance, the rise for single-game seats appears much more substantial — a range of $26 to $55 after 2012 costs between $23 and $52. But last year’s advertised figure did not include a $2.25 facilities fee that was agreed upon in lease negotiations between the club and Events DC, which manages RFK Stadium.

With the fee now built in to the price, there is one less hidden charge. (If you are ordering online through Ticketmaster, of course, service charges will set you back another $5.70 to $7.95).

Facilities fees are common for events throughout the country and generate funds for stadium and arena maintenance.

For the second consecutive year, United will not sell tickets in the upper deck of the 45,000-seat stadium, except for special events. Downsized capacity for MLS matches will remain 19,647, a figure reached just twice last year (the regular season finale against Columbus and the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals against Houston).

To cover empty space in the upper deck, United last year proposed selling advertising tarps. However, no corporate sponsorships have been reached to enact such a plan.

United’s 2013 home debut is March 9 against Real Salt Lake. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday. The club is offering special package deals for the opener and four-game plans.

DCU ticket prices in recent years:

2007: $18-$45

2008: $20-$50

2009: $22-$50

2010: $23-$52

2011: $23-$52

2012: $23-$52 (plus $2.25 facilities fee)

2013: $26-$55 (facilities fee included)

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