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Sophie Spera watches the Saints beat the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 27, 2015. (Advocate photo by Keith Spera)

The Saints are raising the cost of season tickets for the first time since 2014.

The team said in a letter sent to season ticket holders that it will be raising prices and that 95 percent of the seats will raise in price by no more than $5 per game.

This comes on the heels of the installation of new video boards. improved audio systems and increased lighting in the Mercedes Benz-Superdome. The Saints contributed $25 million to the fund used to pay for those improvements.

The Saints are coming off consecutive 7-9 seasons.

The letter states fan feedback was used to target which areas of the stadium to improve.

“Whenever we survey our fans, the most important thing to them is having absolutely the best game experience possible,” Dennis Lauscha, president of both the Saints and Pelicans, said during a presentation last year when the improvements to the Superdome were announced. “With the help of our partners, the state of Louisiana and SMG, Mr. Benson is making the commitment to do that. He saw that these amenities are what we need to be a productive football team and basketball team going forward. He absolutely said, ‘Let’s find a way to make this work.’ ”

The video boards, which will replace the ones installed when the Superdome was rebuilt following Hurrican Katrina, will be much larger than the previous ones and will be high-definition.

The letter states that the team’s pricing is “to remain competitive with the league average so that we can continue to invest in the players, people, facilities and expertise our game requires while also allowing us to continue to invest in the game experience you deserve.”

The letter did not provide specifics on which seats or sections are impacted by the increase in ticket prices.