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Here's another reason to be sore today if you are a Yankee fan. Um, the prices next year at the new Stadium...well, check this out from Soxfan over at YFSF. It ain't pretty.
Ticket prices are going up, but I'm fortunate to be able to see a few games a year. Next year I'll be a little higher up and maybe see fewer games. If I wanted cheap tickets, I'd cheer from the Rays.
I don't think I'll be going to any games in the new digs anytime soon.
I just think it's sad that attending a baseball game in person has gotten to be such an expensive affair. Football, I can kinda understand - after all there's only 8 home games. But christ, there's ten times as many home baseball dates. Share and share alike.
Thankfully, I can still attend a AAA game and enjoy a few beers and peanuts for less than $25.
Question: If the Yankees were to pull a '1965', and had a few consecutive years of not contending for the PS, will the Yankee still sell 2 or 3 million tickets at these prices? And if you commit to TEN YEARS of seats at $220-85 PER SEAT and the team tanks, is it tough shit on you?
Will the Yankee NEED to be perennial contenders to justify seat prices? Or does gouging people now for 10 year commitments insure tens of million in income regardless of how the Yankees perform?
When I went to my first games in the late 60's, it was rare to have the stadium even half full. Good seats were always available to any game. Is the current tremendous demand based on a winning team... or is going to the stadium simply the 'in thing' for the affluent?
The YES revenue stream should more than fund the Yankees for years to come. The 2008 Yankees aren't exactly inspiring anyone to make a 10-year commitment, though.
Imagine, I used to go to 15-20 Cardinal games in the early 90's for a $4-$5 bleacher seat and $4 parking....and of course $1.15 gas.
Another reason not to be a Yankee fan I guess...
Given their financial resources, and their current owner, I say they will never be more than a few years out of contention. Even when they bottomed out in 1990, they were contending as early as 1993. And before 1990, they were contending as late as 1988.
That they'll be raking in the dough @ the new stadium is a bonus.
Maybe we should wait until pricing for the rest of the seats in the Stadium comes out before getting too worked up over it.
After all that, though, I'm still going to the game, so I guess, "Way to go, Yankee businessmen."
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