By now you know how much trouble the Yankees are having selling the best seats at the new Stadium. People are laughing at the idea of dropping $2,625 a seat along with a “convenience charge” of $59.70.
Through no fault of their own, the Yankees built an expensive new ballpark that opened in the middle of a recession. As financial firms crumble, fat cats are worried about going to jail, not to a baseball game. The Yankees are staring straight in the face of having empty seats in the background of YES camera shots. That would be pretty embarrassing.
Just for kicks, I went Yankees.com to look for seats on April 22, a Wednesday day game against Oakland. After being offered $900 seats, I hunted around and came up with two $90 field level seats (plus a $6.45 charge) in Section 107 in right field.
Not a great seat, but certainly a decent one. Two tix would cost me $192.90.
I’m not suggesting that is cheap because it isn’t. But I’ve spent more on a concert ticket or an NFL game plenty of times. The Bruce Springsteen seats I purchased for the show at the Izod Center in May were $107 each.
If you got those two seats, took the subway or MetroNorth to the park and didn’t get carried away on $6 beers, you can have a pretty decent time for $250.
There are also an assortment of other deals on the site for families, kids, seniors, etc. If you look around enough, you can find a game you can afford. It may be a Tuesday against Texas instead of a Saturday against Boston. But a game is a game.
Now before you e-mail to call me names, I understand everybody can’t afford $250. But I think a good portion of people can.
I guess what I’m saying is don’t give up on the idea of going to a game at the new Stadium. If you have some flexibility and work at it a little bit, you’ll find a way in that you can afford. I guarantee you all 81 games won’t sell out.
What will be interesting to watch is whether the Yankees lower their prices on the insanely expensive seats or find some other way to fill them.