The interest is there. The payroll is there. The only thing that isn’t there for the Yankees, it seems, are the fans. According to business of sports writer Richard Sandomir in THE NEW YORK TIMES, the Yankees are struggling to sell any premium seats or luxury boxes … and they’re getting desperate.
(See those empty luxury boxes? They’ll be empty during the season, too.)
It’s probably not too surprising that even the Yankees would have a hard time moving tickets that cost $325-$2,500 in an economic recession, but Sandomir brings up an interesting corrolary, with those seats still unsold, it will be even harder to fill them with Alex Rodriguez out of the lineup for up to four months.
Despite all the hype, hoopla and taxpayer dollars going into the New Yankee Stadium, with its multiple restaurants, 86 jumbotrons and quasi-historical facades, some things remain the same. Unfortunately, those things are the horrendous views from second-tier seats along the outfield lines, where enormous structural beams completely obscure the view of the field for anyone who happens to be sitting in them. For example, as first pointed out by the blog NEW STADIUM INSIDER, here’s the view from two seats in Section 230, which is out along the left field foul line:
($107 for every inning Derek Jeter will play in that exhibition game!)
Not too good, huh? The scary thing is that section 230 is hardly the only one with a seriously problematic view. Early reports from prospective season ticket buyers claimed that the team’s ticket office was feigning ignorance whenever it was asked about “partial” obstructions. When that didn’t last, the office caved in and admitted that there were some issues, but didn’t announce that price shifts would reflect that.
How much are tickets going to cost at the new Yankee Stadium next season? So much that even Red Sox President Larry Lucchino thinks they’re ridiculous. If you want the best seats in the house, you’ll be paying a face value of $2,500 even for a mid-week snoozer against the Orioles.
(Now Yanks can afford undershirt for Yogi?)
The warm fuzzies of last night’s celebration at the stadium have given way today to speculation about what the new park will bring to the table — and how much richer baseball’s Goliath will get going forward. Lucchino has his worries, especially facing an economic downturn. And he’s in charge of the second richest team in baseball. What is everyone else thinking?
To be a member of the New York Yankees you have to be comfortable with living under the NY media’s microscope. It’s usually the players that have to deal with the negative press, but now team broadcaster John Sterling has made his way to Page Six.
Sterling, a Yankees radio announcer since 1989, is being called out for his less than savory behavior in the team’s stadium press dining room. It seems that if you get to the chow line behind John Sterling you’re better off passing on the meal. Read more…