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Hut, hut, ticket-price hike for Bears

Updated: April 1, 2012 8:19AM



INDIANAPOLIS — Coming off their fourth non-playoff season in the last five years, the Bears are raising ticket prices for the 2012 season. It’s the ninth price hike in 10 years since the opening of new Soldier Field in 2003.

The Bears announced Tuesday that prices for ‘‘non-club’’ tickets — approximately 85 percent of the 61,000 seats at Soldier Field — will increase $2 to $10 per ticket for 2012. The non-club ticket prices will range from $76 to $150. The range was $45 to $85 when the renovated stadium opened in ’03.

The Bears held the line on the more exclusive club-seat ticket prices. They’ll range from $265 to $530 for 2012.

The Bears ranked fifth in the NFL in average ticket price last season.

Earlier this month, the Packers, coming off a 15-1 season after their Super Bowl championship in 2010, announced increases of $3 to $5 per ticket for the 2012 season. They’re in the process of a stadium renovation that will add 6,700 seats, two high-definition video boards and other amenities to Lambeau Field.

Floyd on the rise

It’s always hard to determine how combine performances will affect the draft, but Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is moving out of the Bears’ range after an impressive effort that included a 4.46 time in the 40.

Various mock drafts have Floyd going sixth overall. South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery (6-3, 216), Baylor’s Kendall Wright (5-10, 196) and Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu (6-2, 211) are the highest-rated alternatives.

Safety help

The Bears like their starters at safety and cornerback but are looking to get bigger and better at both positions.

South Carolina strong safety Antonio Allen (6-1, 210), who had six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his last two college seasons, fits the Bears’ mold.



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