After most Wizards season ticket prices in the 100 and 200 levels held steady entering this season, the team is raising season ticket prices for almost every section at Capital One Arena for the 2018-19 campaign. Ticket prices will increase on average by about $10 per game, according to the team, resulting in a weighted average increase of 9 percent over the past two seasons combined.
Nearly 40 percent of the Wizards’ roughly 12,000 season ticket holders who received renewal notices last week, including all plan holders in the 400 level, will see an increase of $4 or less per game next season. Continuing a recent trend, several sections currently divided into two price points will be further divided into three price points, with the rows closest to the court costing more than the rows behind them. There are 44 pricing sections for next season, six more than this year.
The greatest percentage price increase for non-premium seats is for the rows closest to the court in Sections 102, 109, 113 and 120, which are increasing by 25 percent, from $80 to $100. Seats in the rows closest to the court in Sections 103, 108, 114 and 119 are increasing by 22 percent, from $74 to $90, while the middle rows in these sections are up 16 percent ($74 to $86). Most other increases are 10 percent or less, with 12.5 percent the largest increase in the 400 level. The lowest price point for season ticket memberships remains $16 for the rear half of Sections 405-412 and 422-429.
The PwC Club will be completely redesigned as part of Capital One Arena’s $40 million facelift this summer and complimentary beer and wine will be added to the PwC Club ticket package. The more premium experience will be reflected in the per game price for seats in the two rows of PwC Club Ledge section, which are increasing by 23 percent (to $126) and 43 percent (to $160), respectively.
This marks the fifth straight year that some Wizards season ticket prices have increased since Monumental Sports and Entertainment’s three-year freeze on ticket prices expired in 2014. The team said its season ticket renewal rate was roughly 95 percent last season, which ended with a loss in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the third time in four years. The Capitals, who boast a season ticket base of roughly 16,000, are raising some ticket prices for the 10th time in the past 11 years. The Wizards rank 17th in average home attendance (17,728) and 25th in home attendance as a percent of capacity (87.4) this season.
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