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A's season-ticket price raise for '22 leaves some fans upset

A's fans indicated receiving no explanation for a notable uptick in season-ticket prices for next seasonGetty Images

The A’s apparent decision to "hike season-ticket prices" for '22 has left several fans expressing "frustration and confusion after ticket information was released Wednesday," according to a front-page piece by Matt Kawahara of the S.F. CHRONICLE. A’s fan Gabriel Hernandez said that he "paid $456 to re-up his 24-game A’s ticket plan before the 2020 season." But on Wednesday he "learned that buying a similar 24-game plan for next season will cost him more than $800." The A’s did "not make officials available to comment" as of Thursday. A's fan Jay Nitschke said that he "owned a half-season ticket package for two field reserved seats for six seasons," but he "learned Wednesday the price of his plan would increase from about $3,000 to $4,950 and promptly opted not to renew." He said that he "did not receive an explanation for the increase." The A’s this season have played in front of "consistently small crowds," though attendance is "down league-wide in the first season since the pandemic." The A’s reported an average 20,521 home attendance in '19 -- an average "boosted by the baseline of season-ticket sales." Entering Thursday, the A’s average attendance in '21 was "12,312 in games since they reopened the Coliseum in full in late June." Five home games -- three against the Giants and one each against the Yankees and Red Sox -- "drew crowds larger than 20,000." The A’s have pointed out that these numbers "reflect single-game ticket sales, and so better indicate actual attendance" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/24).

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