Turns out the Eagles did have to break the bank to lure Chip Kelly away from Nike and Oregon. The team announced Thursday that they were raising ticket prices for the 2013 season.

 

The average cost of a seat will be roughly $93, which ranks 11th in the NFL and remains the lowest in the NFC East. The average increase is up about $10 from 2012.

 

The Eagles sent season-ticket holders invoices Thursday, complete with a letter from team president Don Smolenski.

 

"We have made some dramatic changes this offseason, including the hiring of coach Chip Kelly. But one thing that hasn’t changed — and coach Kelly appreciates this — is that the passion [the fans] display and the support [the fans] provide with [their] loyalty to [the] Eagles makes this a special place to play football," wrote Smolenski. “We are also embarking on a two-year stadium improvement plan at Lincoln Financial Field focused on enhancing the game-day experience.”

 

This marks the first time since 2009 that the Eagles have increased ticket prices.