Thursday Kicks: Galaxy update

*Reporter Phil Collin went out to Galaxy practice Wednesday to get a feel for the team’s mood in the wake of its recent string of disappointing results.

Read more here.

*Given that I’ve spent much of the season gazing from the Home Depot Center press box at plenty of empty seats during Galaxy games even though they have topped the league, I’ve been curious to know what other teams are doing during this weak economy to bolster their attendance.

The Chicago Fire today announced some new benefits for season ticket holders that sounds like an excellent deal. Full disclosure: I’m not sure how many Galaxy season ticket holders receive similar benefits (including a 20 percent discount for merchandise at concession stands the Fire will also provide), but these perks sound like a good start to me:

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced pricing today for 2011 season tickets after nearly a season’s worth of feedback from its supporters about the kind of offers and incentives they want in a Fire season ticket package.

In an unprecedented move in Chicago sports, the Fire will offer free and reduced parking to a majority of season ticket holders and a 12-month payment plan that will allow Fire Season Ticket Holders to pay as low as $15 a month from Nov. of 2010 until Sept. 2011. Ninety-seven percent of all season tickets will experience no increase in ticket prices from 2010 to 2011. Season Tickets start as low as $199.

Galaxy?

Updated

The Galaxy responded:

“Our STHs have enjoyed 20% discounts off Galaxy merchandise at Team LA Store & kiosks for the past several seasons. The Home Depot Center also reduced season parking prices for 2010, so that was in effect this year. We have offered a flexible payment plan for Season Ticket Holders for the past few seasons too.”

Judging by the comment on the post, it doesn’t sound like the Galaxy offer $199 season tickets though.

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  • Studs Up

    Galaxy have had payment plans and discounts at the team store for a while. Parking was reduced to $12.50 for a season pass. However 2 long blocks of street parking on the campus side of 190th/Victoria were just eliminated. Not sure who to point the finger at, the University, City of Carson or the Galaxy. Maybe a certain reporter can dig into that.

    Re the Galaxy 2011 season tickets, haven’t seen the pricing yet but the cheapest seats at the either end of upper deck will NOT be offered to season ticket holders for next year and they are being INVITED to relocate to the GA area for the reduced price of $390. That’s a jump of around $140.

    Well, it was cheap fun while it lasted. Time to join the supporter groups for deeper discounts.