They've finally announced the pricing structure for those 8 Bills games and its pretty steep. The Toronto organizers paid the Bills $78 million for those 8 games and it looks like the intend to make that back and a whole lot more. What a price gouge!!
The following is from today's Toronto Star.
An Argo-Cat fan
BILLS IN TORONTO
Hot Bills tickets to demand deep pockets
May 08, 2008 04:30 AM
Football fans hoping to take in the Buffalo Bills' games at the Rogers Centre will have to shell out as much as $295 per ticket.
And that's not even for the best seats in the house.
How much will the most desirable pews set you back? Well, make sure you have plenty of maximum spending room on your credit card.
The price of those seats – between the 20-yard lines and the entire 200 level – has yet to be set. However, speculation is that they will command anywhere from $350-$500 as part of a VIP package that could include parking and other enticements.
The best seats at Ralph Wilson Stadium are $77. For Argos games last year, the best seats were $79, although a slight increase is anticipated this year.
Organizers of the Bills in Toronto Series announced yesterday that 180,000 people have registered for a chance to be selected through a lottery to buy the 30,000 seats that are being made available to that eager group.
The first 5,000 chosen at random will get their opportunity to buy tickets during the week of May 19. Five more groups of 5,000 will get a similar chance starting May 29.
Toronto Argonauts and Buffalo Bills season ticket holders, however, will get first dibs. They'll get their chance beginning May 13 and 15, respectively.
The most expensive seats available in this initial offering will carry a price tag of $295 for a three-game package – pre-season and regular-season games this year and in 2009.
Those will be in the 100 level (field level) between the 20-yard lines and the back of the end zones. If you opt for the eight-game package, the price drops to $270.
At Ralph Wilson Stadium, comparable seats cost $66.
The cheapest seats for the Toronto games are $55. Those are in the 500 level on either side of the video board and hotel windows facing the field, providing you buy the eight-game package.
A spokesperson for the Bills in Toronto Series said those considering buying a VIP package seat or seats should purchase a lower-priced seat and the price of those tickets will be applied to an upgrade to a VIP seat. The Bills' first contest at Rogers Centre will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an pre-season game Aug. 14 and then they'll take on the Miami Dolphins in a regular-season clash Dec. 7.