Bears subscriptions rise 6% with one more home game on schedule

Bears season ticket prices are up 6%, but the team said it was for good reason: the chance to watch nine regular-season home games for the first time.

An email sent Monday to season ticket holders says the price increase represents the difference between the 2021 package and the 2022 package. In 2021, season ticket holders were required to purchase seats for eight regular season games and two pre-season games. In 2022, they will buy tickets for nine regular season games and one preseason game.

The Bears said the increase was due to variable pricing, a practice they’ve been using since 2016 that makes more attractive games more expensive. In addition to the Bears’ three NFC North home games, they will host the Bills, 49ers, Dolphins, Eagles, Commanders and Texans.

The NFL’s expansion to 17 games in 2021 calls for teams to host eight regular-season games one season and nine the next. Teams that host nine regular season games only play one preseason game at home.

The deadline for renewing subscriptions is March 18.

Bears Add NU Alum

Center Austin King, who started four years at Northwestern before being drafted by the Falcons in 2003, has been named the Bears’ assistant offensive line coach.

King, 40, spent the 2020 season as the Raiders’ offensive quality control coach and the 2021 season as the tight ends coach. With the Bears, he will work under offensive line coach Chris Morgan.

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