Coming off one of the most successful seasons in franchise history, the New Orleans Saints are raising the prices for season-ticket holders.
Ticket prices range from $470 to $3,480 for 2019 games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Those same tickets cost between $420-$3,400 last season.
The price includes eight regular-season home games plus two preseason games.
On average, the average increase per ticket is between $8-$12.50.
It marks the second straight season the Saints have raised the prices for season-ticket holders. Last year, team officials said the increase was implemented to put the Saints around the league average in ticket prices. The team said at the time that the goal was not to maximize the value of the seats but rather to continue generating income that can be reinvested to make the game-day experience better for fans.
“While we could certainly go out there and have a much larger increase and sit here and count the money, it would be a disservice (to the fans), and it would hurt satisfaction,” Ben Hales, the Saints' vice president of marketing and business development, said last season. “It doesn’t do us any good to raise prices and then drop in fan satisfaction.”
Saints officials couldn't be reached Friday evening about this year's price increase.
NFL Football Operations released its list of rule changes for the 2019 season proposed by league teams Friday evening.
The Saints are coming off a in which they finished the regular season with an NFL best 13-3 record and reached the NFC championship game before losing to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Saints preseason opponents aren't known yet, but the team's eight home regular-season opponents are. The Saints will play its three NFC South rivals (Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers), along with home games against the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys.
The Texans, Colts, and Cowboys all made the playoffs last season.
The Saints didn't raise ticket prices before the 2017 season after raising them in 2016. The last increase before that came in the 2014 season.
Moments after the Saints' playoff loss to the Rams, quarterback Drew Brees talked about how important the fans are to the team's success.
"We love playing for the Who Dat Nation," Brees said. "We love the city of New Orleans. We love being able to play for them because that is what we do. We play for them. They provide such an unbelievable atmosphere here within the Dome. This Dome symbolizes a lot more than just football, and there's a great connection there. We love our fans, and they were awesome today. They have been awesome every year since I've been here. Best fans in professional sports."