One week ago I made my 2011 Dodger bobblehead predictions. I thought there would be four bobbleheads given away next year. I predicted the four would be Don Mattingly, Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and Hong Chih Kuo. The news today changes everything.
I got an email from reader Edward today:
I read you article about the 2011 Bobblehead predictions. I agree with you predictions for the most part but think they should go retro and honor the 1981 World Series team. Fernando, Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager.Maybe Edward is on to something. Maybe the Dodgers honor two or three players from the '81 team and honor a few of the current players. Based on the news today, I will make new predictions later in the offseason.
The Dodgers also announced it will play at home on Opening Day (April 1), Independence Day (July 4), Father's Day (June 19) and Jackie Robinson Day (April 15).
All this comes with the announcement of 2011 season ticket pricing.
Following what the club explained as "an extensive review of ticketing prices and fans' use of season tickets," 60 percent of the stadium's season-ticket prices will stay the same, with approximately 20 percent declining and 20 percent increasing. The club held season-ticket prices flat following the 2007, '08 and '09 seasons.
Parking prices will remain the same for the fifth consecutive year, with a new $10 General Admission parking option available to season-ticket holders.
The average season-ticket price at Dodger Stadium will go down, from $28.90 in 2010 to $27.70 in '11, and fans will be able to purchase tickets on the Field Level for as little as $20 per ticket, a $5 decrease from last season. Season tickets on the Loge Level start as low as $12.50 per ticket, while Reserve Level season seats are as little as $8 per game.
The primary areas that will see an increase in season-ticket prices are the front row of each deck and the first four rows of the Left Field Pavilion, which have become the most coveted seating areas in their respective sections. In all instances where prices increase, season-ticket holders will be offered additional benefits, including free tickets to games on lower levels, Stadium Club passes and complimentary Spring Training tickets.
In the top deck, season tickets will return to 1992 pricing of $6, rather than the $4 per seat at which they have been offered recently. Officials said the approach to Top Deck pricing was driven by a no-show rate of more than twice the other areas in the ballpark.
Last season, the Dodgers introduced a five-month payment plan that skipped the month of December. That offer will be back again for 2011, with incentives for early renewal. Fans choosing to utilize the five-month payment plan will have their first payment due on Oct. 29, while those who choose to renew at one time have until Jan. 14 to do so.
Individual-ticket prices will remain flat or go down in 63 percent of the stadium.