No increase planned for season-ticket prices in 2017
There will be no price increase in Orioles season-ticket plans for next season, according to a club source.
Season-ticket holders received emails Thursday informing themofticket opportunities for next month’s FanFest event and also telling them that season-ticket invoices will be mailed out next week.
Last offseason, the team sent the invoices in February. The delay occurred in part because the team waited on its decision to raise ticket prices until the eleventh hour of an offseason that included record spending, as the team retained big-ticket free agents Chris Davis and Darren O’Day.
Season-ticket holders saw an average price increase of $5 per game last season, with the increase ranging from $3 to $10 per ticket based on the plan and selected games.
Despite the Orioles contending for a playoff spot they eventually earned, attendance slumped last season. The team’s average home attendance (26,819) was down 8.3 percent from 2015 and ranked 20th in the league.
The Orioles will again offer plans of13, 29 and 81 games. The club has not yet finalized details on single-game tickets.
Season-ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to FanFest, which will be held Jan. 28 at the Baltimore Convention Center. FanFest tickets went on sale to the public Thursday and are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-14 and seniors age 60 and over. Children ages 2 and under will be admitted free.
Autograph session tickets will go on sale Jan. 18. Orioles sign Schafer: The Orioles have signed outfielder Logan Schafer to a minor league deal, the club announced.
Schafer, 30, opened last season playing for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League and ended it on the Minnesota Twins’ major league roster. He hit .238/.342/.317 in 26 games with the Twins.
A left-handed hitter, Schafer will add outfield depth to the organization. A 2008 third-round draft pick of Milwaukee, Schafer spent his first seven seasons in the Brewers organization, playing parts of five seasons with the major league club. His most extended time in the majors came in 2013, when he played in a career-high 134 games with Milwaukee, hitting .211/.279/ .322 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 337 plate appearances.
Schafer is a .214/.292/.318 hitter in 318 major league games. Spring training report dates: Orioles pitchers and catchers will report to spring training Feb. 13, and position players will report Feb. 16. The first full-team workout will be Feb. 17.