Falcons announce discount for early ticket renewals

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Two days after the New Orleans Saints announced they would freeze ticket prices for 2009, the Atlanta Falcons made a similar statement.

The Falcons announced this afternoon they will offer an early-renewal plan that could provide fans with discounts of up to 29 percent off planned season-ticket prices for 2009. According to team president Rich McKay, about 43,000 seats will remain at their 2008 price or decrease if fans use the early-renewal option. McKay said about 19,000 seats, primarily in the lower-level prime areas will increase next season. The Falcons did not increase ticket prices in 2008 and reduced prices for certain sections.

Season-ticket holders will begin receiving renewal packages this week and the deadline to take advantage of the early renewal is Dec. 30. Those renewing early will be able to use a flexible payment plan that features monthly payments spread out over six months.