After making their first playoff appearance in 18 years and playing the season in a largely empty stadium, the Browns raised season ticket prices for the 2021 season.
The team told season ticket members in renewal information sent Monday.
The Browns set the season ticket prices despite ongoing uncertainty.
They hope for full attendance at FirstEnergy Stadium in 2021 but will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments, safety guidelines and government regulations. The NFL is also expected to add a 17th game to the schedule, which reportedly will be a home game for AFC teams. Season ticket members won’t be charged extra if the Browns host a ninth regular-season game.
Season ticket prices are increasing for the fourth time since 2008, while many tickets were reduced before the 2017 season. The team said the average price is expected to remain among the six lowest in the NFL.
More than 70 percent of the stadium’s non-club and non-premium locations will increase by $10-$15 per game, the team said. The biggest changes will be to the lower bowl, club, premium club and suite tickets.
“While our main focus will always be on the well-being of everyone within our stadium — players, coaches and of course, our incredible fans — we are encouraged by the current developments related to COVID-19 in our region and hope that we will be allowed to have a full capacity at FirstEnergy Stadium this upcoming season,” senior vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste said in the letter. “Our team responded strongly to the limited number of fans we were able to responsibly host for all home games last year, and we know how incredibly important it is for our players and coaches to have fans in our stadium creating the best homefield advantage in the NFL.”
The Browns opened the 2020 season with approximately 6,000 fans allowed in the 67,895-seat stadium. The state health department increased the maximum to about 12,000 for the final six games.
Season ticket members had the option of opting out of the 2020 season.
Season tickets have been sold out the last two seasons, and the wait list has been growing. From September through January, wait list deposits increased by 211 percent from the previous year.
Fans interested in purchasing a deposit for future season tickets can visit ClevelandBrowns.com or call (440) 824-3434 for more information.
Single-game tickets will continue to be variably priced. The Browns went 6-2 at home last year on their way to an 11-5 record and the first playoff appearance since 2002.
The known home opponents for 2021 are: Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston and Las Vegas.