Raptors raise prices

RYAN WOLSTAT and MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. wants more from the Raptor faithful, significantly more.

Season ticket renewal packages went out recently, and depending on where in the ACC you are sitting, costs are up anywhere from 10-12.5%.

Walter Dubowec has been a Raptors season ticket holder for 12 years and this latest bump is the last straw for him.

"I was shocked by my ticket renewal package (yesterday). My wife and I decided that we will not renew for next season. The cost has got to the point where it is simply way beyond reasonable for a non-corporate seat owner."

Dubowec says he has been putting up with increases just about every season with the exception of one year when Rob Babcock was GM and the prices held. The maximum increase he recalls was 5%. But in the past two seasons Dubowec's tickets have risen almost 20%.

"My biggest fear is what will happen to the cost of my seats once the team actually becomes an elite team. My $150 ticket will soon be over $200 each. I'd rather get out now than get slammed by increases next year and the year after and so on and so on."

HE'S GETTING THERE

A good sign of the maturation of Andrea Bargnani are his foul totals over the past four games. Bargnani, albeit playing at his more comfortable power forward spot with Chris Bosh out, has a total of four fouls in his past four games. That's a huge improvement from the guy who had 22 fouls in the seven games prior to that stretch and managed more than 30 minutes on just two occasions.

WEEK FROM HELL?

Wondering what is in store next for the Raptors? The five teams they will see over the next week have a combined home record of 114-40. That's a .740 winning percentage.


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