Argos forced to fumble

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

The Argonauts football executives want their fans to know they listen when the office phones ring and the angry e-mails pile up.

Just one day after revealing that premium seat season ticket holders -- Club VIP, lower level sidelines seats and Touchdown Zone -- would face an average hike of $158 for their seats in 2007, Argos boss Keith Pelley axed the plan after being deluged with complaints.

The cost of season tickets for the luxury seats at Rogers Centre had a price tag of $185, $600 and $750 for the respective sections this past season.

The new plan would have hiked those to $349, $695 and $985.

It was soon after that announcement the rush of complaints started hitting Pelley's desk.

To his credit, the Argos CEO acted quickly to quell the fan uprising.

LOGICAL

"We have listened to (our subscribers), agree with their logical rationale and will hold the prices in 2007," Pelley said yesterday.

Pelley did point out that the team had no intention of raising prices on remaining seats at the Rogers Centre.

"Our price remained unchanged for the 2007 season with the exception of the VIP Club area," Pelley said.

"In the past couple of days we have heard from our season ticket holders in that area who made logical arguments for a non price change in 2007."


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