Monday, December 04, 2006
Yankee Stadium's best seats will sell for $150 next season - a $40 hike from last year, the team said yesterday.Now I find it interesting that on that same page there was (when I clicked, at least) an ad for tickets to A Chorus Line on Broadway. Tickets? $86.25 and $111.25, with premium seats beginning at $201.25 (I think the $1.25 is a service charge.) If you want to go see the Yankees, you could pay a LOT less:
Fans, reeling from six years without a World Series win, gave the new prices a resounding Bronx cheer - saying only the millionaire players on the team's $200 million payroll could afford those prices.
"Wow, that's a steep increase," said Joe Bastone, 48, owner of the Yankee Tavern. "It's really getting tough."
The most expensive seats, costing between $115 and $150, are in the first four rows in the areas nearest to home plate and are sold as part of season-ticket plans.
In the unlikely event any of those seats are available for sale for individual games, they would be priced at $300 in advance and $400 on days of games.
Box seats without waiter service will now cost fans from $35 to $73 when sold as part of full season-ticket plans, $37 to $78 as part of partial season-ticket plans, $40 to $83 when sold for individual games in advance and $42 to $88 on days of games.For my fellow Red Sox fans, compare. Prices were held the same as last year except for the premium seats (more than 80% of tickets saw no change in prices.)
Reserved seats run from $17 to $56 for full-season tickets, $18 to $61 for partial season tickets, $19 to $66 for advance purchase for individual games and $20 to $71 on days of games. Bleacher seats are $10 as part of season tickets, $12 when sold separately.
The prices for 44% of the park, more than 24,000 seats in the upper deck and bleachers, will be unchanged for the third straight year.
Meanwhile the joys of Minnesota include $36 premium seats last year. The new ballpark will include opportunities to price in the way the Yankees and Red Sox do now.