CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Fans in the stands watch the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
If you want to be a Bears season ticket holder, you're going to have open your wallet a bit wider for the 2011 season. The team just announced that season ticket prices are going up. Club seats will be hit with the steepest increase, $15-30 per game, while non-club seats will go up between $5 and $15 per ticket.
The price increase isn't a huge surprise, as the Bears had a triumphant season, despite losing to the Packers in the NFC Championship game. Demand for NFL tickets is still high, even with the state of the economy. The 2011 season will feature match-ups with the NFC North rivals as well as the Seahawks, Panthers, Falcons, Chiefs and Chargers. With that schedule, the Bears will have another crack at both the teams they met in the playoffs.
Of course, that's all contingent on the season actually happening. With the NFL labor negotiations going down to the wire, there is no guarantee we'll see football at Soldier Field this fall. The Bears are ready for that possibility:
In the event any games this season are cancelled, refunds will be paid to season ticket holders no later than 30 days after final determination of how many games will be played during the 2011 NFL season.
Isn't that comforting? The Bears are going to give you money back if they can't come to an agreement with the players on how to split up the money you fork over to them.