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Bridgeport Looks At Ticket Tax For Arena, Ballpark

Bridgeport's Ballpark at Harbor Yard, along with the Webster Bank Arena, could be subject to an up to 5 percent surcharge on ticket prices under consideration by Bridgeport officials, the CT Post reports.
Bridgeport's Ballpark at Harbor Yard, along with the Webster Bank Arena, could be subject to an up to 5 percent surcharge on ticket prices under consideration by Bridgeport officials, the CT Post reports. Photo Credit: John Haffey

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- As Bridgeport leaders start to consider charging an up to 5 percent surcharge on ticket prices for events at Webster Bank Arena and The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, the owner of the minor league Bluefish baseball team said he's "concerned" about making ticket prices costlier for fans, according to the Connecticut Post.

City officials are looking at taking advantage of a new state law allowing them to charge the surcharge in an effort to pass on some of the city's costs surrounding the big-ticket sports and entertainment events onto consumers, the Connecticut Post reported. The surcharge would affect the Webster Bank Arena and The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the minor league Bluefish baseball team, the Connecticut Post reports.

City officials say it would take some of the pressure off property taxes, yet others worry about the impact it would have on the large entertainment venues, said the Connecticut Post. Frank Boulton, owner of the Bluefish team, told the Connecticut Post that keeping the ticket prices affordable was why they fought to waive the state's 10 percent ticket tax.

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