I have been going to Rays games for years. But this year, some idiot in the Rays front office decided to come up with a five-tier pricing scheme, resulting in a massive net increase in ticket prices.
I only ended up going to two games. I went to five games in 2009, and 13 games in 2008.
I think that's part of the reason why attendance was so disappointing.
Personally, I am really, REALLY annoyed at the national pundits who look at our attendance numbers and say baseball doesn't work in Tampa Bay. Historically, our numbers really aren't that bad. The only reason they look bad is because it takes selling out every single game to pay the salaries of a "good" team.
But it doesn't help when the front office whips up weird and confusing pricing schemes.
We need to go back to the three-tier pricing scheme that was used in 2008 and 2009. A discounted price for games that are traditionally low-count (like Royals, Orioles); a prime price for the Yankees, Red Sox, and Summer Concert Series; and then a middle tier for everything else.