Skip to comments.Yankee Stadium prices are insane!
Posted on 05/04/2008 3:36:26 PM PDT by melt
There is a very good reason why most Yankee fans don't care how much their team spends on baseball players. One of the best reasons is that their team keeps asking them - at least the most well-heeled of them - to spend more and more to help pay the freight.
There is a guy I know who has tickets behind the Yankee dugout, has had them for awhile. Last season each seat cost $150 per game. This season, because it is the last season at the old Yankee Stadium, the cost went up to $250. Next season, if he wants to keep the same seats when everybody moves across 161st St. to the new Yankee Stadium, the cost will go to $850 per seat.
If he wants to keep his current seats, he has to sign a minimum four-year contract, and they want a third of the cost of the first year up front. If he goes for that deal, they say the most they can increase him over the term of the contract is 4% a year.
"I told my friends who are going this season, Enjoy yourselves, because you'll never be this close again,'" my friend said Saturday.
Now this isn't the old Lawn Tennis Association out of the 1950s, where everybody was just supposed to play for the love of the game. The Yankees are the biggest baseball business in the world, and running the business costs money. The Mets aren't going to be giving away their "premium" tickets at Citi Field, either. But they haven't set next season's ticket prices yet, perhaps sitting back and tracking the baseball market in the Bronx. Well, it's either a market or a shakedown.
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"Ruth"less price gouging at Yankee Stadium is incredible. The Babe must be spinning in his grave...
yeah, he wishes he were top-side making $30m/yr and not the $80K he played for.
I went to see #3 UNC baseball team play #2 Florida State for $5. Great game; could have gone to all three series set for $15. Wonderful stadium too. Great to see wonderful talent vs. coke snorting steroid pumping losers
they are really pushing this last year at the original location stuff....
But I'm glad I got them.....after reading this I am really gald
Luckily the firm will be paying for a couple this summer. I certainly don’t have any interest in spending that kind of money.
Bread and circuses are getting expensive these days. Shoot, eventually people are going to start paying attention.
I’m not a baseball fan. But I don’t think I’d spend that money on anything other than housing or savings. Where do the people get the money to buy those seats? That’s the important question.
$150 * 81 games = $12,150
$850 * 81 games = $68,850 for 1 season ticket.
$137,700 if you also want one for the wife or a kid.
Great to see that the average Joe can participate in America’s National Pastime.
How much is a hot dog up there?
Meanwhile, online scalpers are selling tix in the nosebleeds deep in right and left field for some $200+ per tix, and the prices just go up from there as the seats get closer to the field action ...
Sentimentality sure goes a long way here, and ppl are willing to pay the prices charged .. and while I'm not trying to make this a *rant* by any means, thats just the way it is.
Oh, and just for the record, I (Mr_Moonlight) as a lifelong Yankee fan, am totally against the building of this "new" Yankee Stadium if it means taking a wrecking ball to the existing 85 year old icon Yankee Stadium :(
You’re absolutely correct.
As long as people keep paying to see these games (baseball, football, basketball, concerts, etc.) owners will keep hiking the ticket prices.
I live in St. Louis and have gone to just one game at the new Busch Stadium. It cost $95 a seat on the lower level, first base side, way out in the outfield and way in the back. The only reason I bought the tickets is because by boss (and good friend) from Dallas wanted to go. That will probably be the only game I will ever go to.
But again, there are people that will pay that price and more to go to these games, and they’ll moan and groan about the prices, but keep paying them.
And yet Baseball complains that fewer and fewer fans are out there. Connection ? In any market, there is an optimum pricing for optimum profit in the long run. I’d say that it’s gone FAR beyond that point, and will eventually self-correct.
At what price to Baseball. . .who knows. . .
It’s everywhere. You can pay up to $190 a seat for a Blue Jackets game. My Upper Bowl season tickets only run me $2600 (for two seats, 41 home games.)
It is all about tax evasion.
The sports facilities have learned that corporations will pay outlandish prices for seats — because they (the corporation) can deduct the cost as an expense.
And so the price of seats is going up, up, up. And corporations are gobbling them up.
And meanwhile the ordinary person cannot afford to attend and take their children to the games anymore.
Corporations pay less taxes — and taxes for the people go up and up and up to make up for the shortfall.
And the beat goes on.
Aren’t the taxpayers building that stadium for the Yankees as well?
Get rid of the aluminum bats and you’ve got a deal.
Hillary: "Well, that $109 million should just about cover our expenses..."
I take that back. She'll probably demand an "Excess Profits Tax" on Big Baseball.
A major reason this outrageous situation has evolved the way it has is because Wall Street brazenly steals money from the rest of America, in large part through the 401k scam, and has actually talked J6P into believing he’s receiving a service from them! That’s why the money is concentrated in NY to bid these things up to the stratosphere.
Yeah? Who paid for the stadium? If the Yankees paid for it 100%, then I agree with you. If the taxpayers chipped in, you're wrong.
Bush's tax cuts for the rich!
Hot Dog: $4.75 Soda (20 oz): $4.50 Beer (domestic): $7.75/16 oz; Heineken, Beck's: $8/16 oz. Peanuts: $4.50/bag; Cracker Jack: $5 Cotton Candy: $4
They may be even higher now.
Corporations pay no taxes. YOU pay them in the price of their product and services.
My department spent over $100,000 on hockey tickets for the Hurricanes this past season. And with that investment we obtained millions in business.
Gee, I'd just like to get a real nice guitar on a "splurge". One of those items that isn't for anything other than some luxury that you can enjoy on your own.
Good for the Yankees and their fans.
Like I said, I'm not a baseball fan but I've got nothing against people spending their money on what they want to. Rather than a democrat, telling you that you've got to buy tickets to the Mets games in order to "be fair"..... or worse yet, subsidize the Red Sox ....haahhahahaha
401(k) scam? My father retired with over $1MM in his. Hardly a scam. Mine is doing damn fine as well.
Question. Is evey Yankee home game sold out?
I love to hear Yankees fans cry.
It’s even better when it’s a friend of Imus’.
But the pining for the good old days is real. My dad paid $0.65 each for our bleacher seats at Fenway Park when we first started going back in the early 1950’s. Ted Williams’ final appearance as a player in Boston was witnessed by about 8800 fans.
At least Massachusetts politicians didn’t fall for the scam of a taxpayer-funded stadium the last time a pro team wanted one (New England Patriots).
We fall for bigger scams...
"I know, but I had a better year than (President Herbert) Hoover." - 1930 Babe Ruth response to his salary of $80,000 being more than the President's $75,000
and nobody made that much again for years. I remember when Mays and Mantle went over 100k in the mid-sixties.
I figure I'll spend $900 to $1,000 that day once parking, food and dinner afterwards is factored in. I was at a Boston restaurant last night with my wife (Chart House on Long Wharf) and we spent over $300 all told.
It is getting insane out there.
Yuck the Fankees in particular and MLB in general.
What does Mike Lupica care, he can pay those prices.
FWIW, I’m a Giants fan and I take an annual road trip to see the Giants play on the road, instead of in SF where the prices are rather ridiculous. I usually try and use one of my free flights I get on Southwest w/ my Rapid Rewards membership, buy my tickets for the game early—say, in March when single game tickets for that particular series is put on sale—and then make my arrangements from there.
So this year I’m going to Kansas City to see the Giants take on the Royals. I should also point out that I’m single and it’s easier for me to save money or more accurately to have money available for things like this. There’s no way I could do it if I had kids or were married.
Yep, they had eclipsed the Ruth 'benchmark' salary, and this was during booming times, before overall inflation reared its ugly head ... guess DiMaggio wasn't too thrilled about what Mantle and Mays were getting paid, ehhh ?
The only reason I went to opening day this year was because I won a contest with MLB and Monster.com. It was opening day for the team of my choice for five consecutive years.
G&L Leo Fender Commemorative Edition ... beautiful sunburst with figured wood grain, all gold hardware, even (supposedly) the strings are gold plated(!) ... Leo Fender's signature on the upper bout with a flower and the dates of his birth and death: 1909-1991.
It can't be played ... EVER!!! Anyone buying and/or 'playing' this piece would be cast out into the abyss of shame by (museum piece) guitar collectors! This guitar is truly a showpiece collectible and was marketed as such ......
........ ironically ........
Leo Fender himself would have been appalled by such a thing, as he always believed that his products were meant to be used, and not sit in some airtight museum casing untouched
Don’t go, and pocket the $137,700. In 20 years, you’ll have $137,700 times 20, plus interest.
I have more free advice if anyone is interested.
The most enjoyable baseball to me is the College World Series...I’ve only done it once. Everybody should do it at least once...wish I could do it every year and I’m not a BIG baseball fan. I like college sports better than pros.
He probably made a heck of a lot more selling Mr. Coffee; plus, they never got the lease on Marilyn Monroe, for what it was worth (well, at least he seemed to cherish it)
Washington Nationals seating behind home plate $330
and they haven't done anything yet (empty each game, looks great on TV)
“Insane” is pricing an item for way more, or way less, than it’s worth.
Was President Coolidge there that day? ;)
No way I’d spend $1000 for a day at the ballpark. I gave up on sports long ago but even if I still cared, I would never spend that kind of money for one game.
For that, I could have an entire vacation at Disney World for my wife and I, or just about anyplace else.
People can spend as they want, but that’s just crazy.
“I figure I’ll spend $900 to $1,000 that day once parking, food and dinner afterwards is factored in. I was at a Boston restaurant last night with my wife (Chart House on Long Wharf) and we spent over $300 all told.”
Wow. I took the girlfriend, her son, my son and brother out to dinner last night a local redneck chicken joint and ate until we could explode. $46 total. After that we went to a local short track inside a stadium and watched 6 races plus a demo derby, drinks—$55 for all of us. The cultural shock value of sitting in the beer section with the redneck drunks was priceless.
Anyway, left at 6:00pm, didn’t get home until 1:00am spent $101 total.
Surely that’s only a drop in the bucket for one player’s salary...
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