The Yankees will announce their plans to sell off seats and other memorabilia from the old Stadium tomorrow. There will be a press conference with Steiner Sports, which is organizing the sale.
The items being sold include seats, sod, dirt and bricks from Monument Park. They’re going to sell everything they can from the old place, bank on that. Bank being the key word.
From what I’ve been told by several e-mailers who were already contacted by Steiner, seats will be $1,500 a pair and there will be assorted other packages. I’m sure the Steiner Sports web site will have more details this week.
UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: This from the AP:
New York City will receive $11.5 million from the Yankees in exchange for giving the team rights to sell off seats, signs and other memorabilia from their old ballpark.
OK, so the city gets $11.5 million. If the Yankees sell 40,000 seats at $750 a pop ($1,500 a pair is the price), that’s $30 million. Then add in whatever they get for bricks, dirt, signs, etc.
Do you think Yankee execs wear masks and carry guns to these negotiations? They’re going to score big on this one. They’ll sell every single piece of that place, from the flagpoles on top down to the last brick on the bottom.
But you know what? Good for them. They’re selling it only because there’s a market for it.