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Red Sox set price structure for 2014 tickets

Variable price layout includes increases for 16 games, decreases for 16 others

BOSTON -- After winning the World Series in 2013, the Red Sox will be raising the average ticket price at Fenway Park in '14, marking the first time in three years they will have done so.

While the overall price increase per ticket is 4.8 percent, the Red Sox, along with all other Major League clubs, are moving to a tier-pricing system, making tickets to low-profile games as much as $50 less expensive than tickets to high-profile games. Ticket prices will also take into account the time of season and day of the week.

Field box tickets for a tier-one game on Friday, April 4, when the Red Sox open their home slate against the Brewers, will cost $165, while the same seats for a tier-five game on Monday, April 7, against the Rangers will cost $115. Less expensive tickets, such as upper standing room, will range from $30 to $10, depending on the tier of a game.

All games against the Yankees will rank in the top tier of pricing, and a midsummer series with the Cubs will be in the second tier. Certain games against the Orioles and Royals will also be in the top tier, while select games against the Rays, Reds, Blue Jays and Orioles will be in tier five.

In 2014, 16 games will undergo price increases from this past season, while the price for 16 games will be reduced.

"Numerous factors influence our annual ticket-pricing decisions," Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said in a team statement. "We strive to maintain affordability and ticket accessibility while still generating the revenues necessary to fuel our baseball operations, to fund continuing improvements to the ballpark and to make enhancements to the fan experience -- the three main areas in which we reinvest our revenue.

"New revenue is what affords us the ability to maintain consistently one of the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball -- giving our baseball-operations department the capacity to put together a contending, winning team and a strong player development system -- and allows for the long-term preservation, protection and improvement of Fenway Park."

Discounted tickets will still be available for clergy and for veterans and active duty members of the military. All season-ticket holders in non-premium seats will also have the option of paying early at a discounted price of $2-$5 off.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato.

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