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Bears abandon all hard-copy tickets, pivot to mobile passes only

For the 2019 season, “printed tickets will no longer be issued to season ticket holders or single-game buyers,” the Bears announced. | Sun-Times file photo.

Bears season-ticket prices will increase an average of 4.1 percent for the 2019 season, the team announced Friday.

It’s a pill that surely is much easier for fans to swallow after a turnaround season that has the Bears among the Super Bowl contenders next season.

The Bears froze season-ticket prices in three of their last four seasons, when they were 5-11, 6-10, 3-13 and 5-11.

Most tickets will increase 1-4 percent, according to the Bears. Non-club seats will increase an average of 5.6 percent, while prices for club seating will increase an average of 1.6 percent.

The Bears also announced that demand-based pricing for individual games will continue in 2019. The home schedule includes the Packers, Vikings, Lions, Chiefs, Chargers, Cowboys, Saints and Giants. The schedule, with dates and tentative times, will be announced by the NFL in April.

As the Bears noted in their release, “individual game tickets will continue to be sold at a higher price, giving season-ticket holders the greatest value for game tickets.”

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A new wrinkle in 2019: The Bears will have mobile-only ticket entry to Soldier Field for all games. So there will be no such thing as souvenir tickets or ticket stubs for the Bears’ historic 100th season in the NFL.

“We feel confident fans will benefit from the safety features of having tickets only accessible from a mobile device, including drastically reducing ticket fraud,” team president Ted Phillips said in a letter to season-ticket holders. “Season-ticket holders will continue to have access to an online account to manage individual game tickets week-to-week, including the ability to share tickets with guests, donate tickets or post tickets for resale.”