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Capitals raise some season ticket prices for 10th time in 11 years

The Capitals announced their 394th consecutive home sellout on Sunday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Capitals are raising season-ticket prices for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons, but unlike last year’s $5 flat increase per game for every seat in Capital One Arena, increases for the 2018-19 season will be limited to certain sections and vary by price point.

One of the greatest increases in the season-ticket renewal notices that went out Monday, by both dollar amount and percentage, is for the highest-priced seats in Capital One Area. Tickets in “VIP Row A” along the glass are going from $455 to $520 a game, an increase of 14 percent that’s significantly more than the roughly 1 percent increase fans in those seats paid to renew this season. One of the four VIP rows is reverting to a non-premium row, and no other plan holders with seats in the lower level, where prices range from $98 to $170 a game, were hit with increases for next season.

Increases in other parts of the arena range from $3 to $8 a game, with the greatest percentage increases of 12 to 14 percent affecting season-ticket holders in the three-tiered Mezzanine Center sections on the 400-level. Prices in those sections are increasing by $7 across all three tiers, to $55, $62, and $65 for the back, middle and front rows, respectively. The season-ticket holder price for the cheapest seat in the arena — the Mezzanine Corner sections in the 400-level — is going from $33 to $36, a 9 percent increase. Last year’s $5 increase in those sections, from $28 to $33, was an 18 percent jump.

Beginning next season, all season-ticket holders will receive “Monumental Money” credit ranging from $100 for fans in 400-level sections to $450 for fans in 100-level sections next season. This credit, which will be preloaded onto plan holder cards, may be used to purchase Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Valor tickets, in addition to concession items on all levels of the arena. Monumental Money was included in season-ticket plans for the Lower Preferred and Loge sections this season. For fans in the 400-level who typically spend at least $100 on concessions during the course of the season, the Monumental Money credit is a fine perk that offsets much of next season’s price increase, but for others, it’s an unwanted “complimentary” addition.

“They just want to keep adding things to the STH plan that people don’t want, call them free, and then raise the ticket price,” wrote one fan, who has had season tickets for 10 years and also mentioned the subscription to Monumental Sports Net that was included with this season’s plans. “I’m not quitting this year, but … I don’t know how much longer that will be the case.”

The last time the Capitals did not raise ticket prices was after the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Fans received this year’s renewal notices a few days after Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced a privately funded, $40 million renovation investment in Capital One Arena.

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