The New Orleans Saints sent season ticket renewal notices today for the upcoming 2010 National Football League season for games that will be hosted at the Louisiana Superdome. The season ticket renewals will reflect the first increase in Saints season ticket prices over the course of the past two years.
In a comprehensive study commissioned during the 2009 regular season by the NFL, the Saints received the top overall customer satisfaction rating among league-wide season ticket holders. The study ranked overall satisfaction among fans in regards to the overall direction of the team, ticket affordability and feeling of value by fans from the organization, of which the Saints earned the top rankings across the board.
"As reflected by the NFL's study, we place paramount value on the relationships that we share with our season ticket holders," said Saints' Vice President of Ticket and Suite Sales Michael Stanfield. "Our goal is to continue to provide strong value and services for our fans and we are deeply appreciative of their support. Our organization is committed to continuing to fielding a championship-caliber product on the field, as well as to continue to rank first overall in customer satisfaction."
While the Saints are increasing average ticket prices, the club is one of just a handful of major league professional sports franchises that still offers season tickets for $25.00 apiece for their games, with over 6,000 seats available to spectators at that price. The Saints continue to remain one the most affordable ticket options among all of the major league professional sports franchises. The new pricing plan that will take effect in 2010 will feature more than half of the season ticket holders experiencing per game increases of $10 or less per seat.
Saints fans will continue to experience enhancements to the game day experience around the Superdome beginning with stadium upgrades and the continued growth of the game day experience that will feature live music next to the stadium as well as activities for fans of all ages prior to the start of Saints games. The Saints will continue to closely monitor the independent research the team studies that has illustrated the majority of fans' desire to experience a longer game day event experience through increased entertainment options before the games. The Saints have requested that the Superdome not increase the prices of concessions at Saints' games in 2010 and will continue to work with stadium officials to increase the quantity and quality of fan amenities.
The Super Bowl champion Saints will once again offer different types of season ticket payment options to their fans, which will be clearly outlined the future correspondence with the team's season ticket holders. Saints season ticket holders wishing to move their seats may request via an online request form (based on availability), while fans not currently on the 60,000 seat waiting list may also sign up online at NewOrleansSaints.com.
The Saints' 2010 schedule, is expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks, will feature the club commencing the league's regular season play with a nationally televised NFL Kickoff Thursday Night contest against a to-be determined opponent on September 9. The Saints will host their NFC South Divisional rivals the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as contests against the Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.