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Bears to hike ticket prices

Fresh off their NFC North Championship, Chicago Bears brass boosted ticket prices for every seat in Soldier Field next season.

Club level seat prices will increase up to $30 — and cost $265 to $530 each. All other ticket prices will increase by up to $15, jacking ticket prices up to $74 to $140 a seat. The new charges represent an 8.8 percent price hike, for example, for those in the cheapest seats.

The price hike “is about remaining economically competitive in our league and to build a championship team,” Bears spokesman Scott Hagel said. “We are the largest single-team market in the smallest stadium. In order to stay competitive we have to raise ticket prices. … Our goal, as always, is to provide a value to the fan base that exceeds the ticket price.”

Season ticket holders have until April 7 to make full payment.

Fans who fear the contract dispute between players and owners might shorten — or cancel — the season are guaranteed to get their money back for unpaid games. Refunds will be paid to season ticket holders no later than 30 days after there is a final decision on how many games will be played during the 2011 season.

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