Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Yankee Stadium prices are insane!
Daily News ^ | 5/4/08 | Mike Lupica

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: fagsinpinstripes; mlb; prices; spankees; tickets; yankees; yankoffs
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-114 next last

"Ruth"less price gouging at Yankee Stadium is incredible. The Babe must be spinning in his grave...

1 posted on 05/04/2008 3:36:26 PM PDT by melt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: melt

yeah, he wishes he were top-side making $30m/yr and not the $80K he played for.


2 posted on 05/04/2008 3:39:12 PM PDT by gusopol3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt

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


3 posted on 05/04/2008 3:39:16 PM PDT by Swanks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt
"Ruth"less price gouging at Yankee Stadium is incredible. The Babe must be spinning in his grave...

The Yankees are privately owned and can (and should) charge whatever the market will bear.

It's not like they force you to go to the games.

jas3
4 posted on 05/04/2008 3:41:00 PM PDT by jas3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt
I remember visiting my father in Yonkers, NY, over the summer when I was about 12 years old. One day he was working, so I took a bus to Woodlawn station, and the subway to Yankee Stadium, where I bought a box seat ticket for about $6.50. I spent less than $20 for the entire day, including lunch and dinner, plus food and a program at the stadium.

Mark

5 posted on 05/04/2008 3:41:55 PM PDT by MarkL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt
The Girls and I are going to a game for Tink's Birthday.....seats were impossible to find at the Yankee web site, but I was fortunate enough to get 3 $70 seats for $150 each...through an outside vendor......

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

6 posted on 05/04/2008 3:49:29 PM PDT by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt

Luckily the firm will be paying for a couple this summer. I certainly don’t have any interest in spending that kind of money.


7 posted on 05/04/2008 3:52:34 PM PDT by Arguendo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt

Bread and circuses are getting expensive these days. Shoot, eventually people are going to start paying attention.


8 posted on 05/04/2008 3:53:28 PM PDT by mysterio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mysterio

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.


9 posted on 05/04/2008 3:56:30 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: melt

$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.


10 posted on 05/04/2008 3:57:13 PM PDT by glorgau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt

How much is a hot dog up there?


11 posted on 05/04/2008 3:59:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt
On a side note, and with the new Stadium tix prices aside, this being the final season played in the original Yankee Stadium ... all tickets to all games are SOLD OUT! Thats right, 81 games at Yankee Stadium 2008 are SOLD OUT SOLID !!! Try Ticketmaster if you don't beleive me ....

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 :(

12 posted on 05/04/2008 4:00:50 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jas3

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.


13 posted on 05/04/2008 4:00:58 PM PDT by unbiasedtruth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: jas3

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. . .


14 posted on 05/04/2008 4:01:01 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: melt

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.)


15 posted on 05/04/2008 4:01:14 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt

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.


16 posted on 05/04/2008 4:01:14 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dick Vomer

Aren’t the taxpayers building that stadium for the Yankees as well?


17 posted on 05/04/2008 4:01:35 PM PDT by mysterio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Swanks

Get rid of the aluminum bats and you’ve got a deal.


18 posted on 05/04/2008 4:03:21 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: glorgau

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.

19 posted on 05/04/2008 4:07:46 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: glorgau

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.


20 posted on 05/04/2008 4:17:52 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: jas3
The Yankees are privately owned and can (and should) charge whatever the market will bear.

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.

21 posted on 05/04/2008 4:23:28 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Dick Vomer
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.

Bush's tax cuts for the rich!

22 posted on 05/04/2008 4:24:12 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: tet68
Last I heard:

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.

23 posted on 05/04/2008 4:26:37 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: i_dont_chat
Corporations pay less taxes — and taxes for the people go up and up and up to make up for the shortfall.

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.

24 posted on 05/04/2008 4:27:26 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Phantom Lord
Well that's what's great about our country. If you want to dump money in baseball seats, you can.

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

25 posted on 05/04/2008 4:28:17 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: steve86

401(k) scam? My father retired with over $1MM in his. Hardly a scam. Mine is doing damn fine as well.


26 posted on 05/04/2008 4:28:31 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: melt; All

Question. Is evey Yankee home game sold out?


27 posted on 05/04/2008 4:29:37 PM PDT by AGreatPer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt

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...


28 posted on 05/04/2008 4:32:49 PM PDT by Former War Criminal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gusopol3
yeah, he wishes he were top-side making $30m/yr and not the $80K he played for.

"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

29 posted on 05/04/2008 4:34:39 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Mr_Moonlight

and nobody made that much again for years. I remember when Mays and Mantle went over 100k in the mid-sixties.


30 posted on 05/04/2008 4:37:29 PM PDT by gusopol3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: melt
I'm going to a Boston Red Sox game in June with my son in which the tickets are $350 each. Right behind the Red Sox dugout. I never dreamed that tickets would be this expensive. When I was a teenager, I used to buy a bleacher ticket for $1.75 and for another $1.00, I'd get what was called a "grandstand pass" in which I could go into the grandstand and either stand in the back or find an empty seat. Usually in those cases, I'd end up behind the dugout by the 7th inning as most of the businessmen would duck out by then.

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.

31 posted on 05/04/2008 4:40:18 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 19 days away from outliving Goose Tatum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
I'm 25mi south of the Little League World Series fields,
where admission was free last time I went and dogs/cokes were $1.

Yuck the Fankees in particular and MLB in general.

32 posted on 05/04/2008 4:42:40 PM PDT by tomkat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: melt

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.


33 posted on 05/04/2008 4:46:44 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Let's Get Cup Crazy! Let's Go Sharks!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gusopol3
and nobody made that much again for years. I remember when Mays and Mantle went over 100k in the mid-sixties.

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 ?

34 posted on 05/04/2008 4:48:24 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: AGreatPer
Click here. Anything on the schedule with a green "T" means tickets are available.
35 posted on 05/04/2008 4:49:56 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Let's Get Cup Crazy! Let's Go Sharks!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: MarkL
I remember the same...........

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.

36 posted on 05/04/2008 5:06:17 PM PDT by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: tet68

7.00 bucks


37 posted on 05/04/2008 5:06:57 PM PDT by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Dick Vomer
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.

Like one of these beauties?

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

/laughs

38 posted on 05/04/2008 5:09:32 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: glorgau

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.


39 posted on 05/04/2008 5:12:39 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Swanks

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.


40 posted on 05/04/2008 5:14:21 PM PDT by lonestar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Mr_Moonlight

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)


41 posted on 05/04/2008 5:18:06 PM PDT by gusopol3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76
Insane, I'll give you insane.

Washington Nationals seating behind home plate $330

and they haven't done anything yet (empty each game, looks great on TV)

42 posted on 05/04/2008 5:24:17 PM PDT by kaboom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: kaboom

Yep.

“Insane” is pricing an item for way more, or way less, than it’s worth.


43 posted on 05/04/2008 5:30:51 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: MarkL

Was President Coolidge there that day? ;)


44 posted on 05/04/2008 5:46:17 PM PDT by Freedom4US
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Mr_Moonlight
On a side note, and with the new Stadium tix prices aside, this being the final season played in the original Yankee Stadium ... all tickets to all games are SOLD OUT! Thats right, 81 games at Yankee Stadium 2008 are SOLD OUT SOLID !!! Try Ticketmaster if you don't beleive me ....

Damn recession
45 posted on 05/04/2008 5:49:51 PM PDT by uncbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76
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.

Not insane enough to prevent you from paying though
46 posted on 05/04/2008 5:51:55 PM PDT by uncbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: uncbob

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.


47 posted on 05/04/2008 6:13:25 PM PDT by packrat35 (If mccain is the answer-it must have been a REALLY stupid question)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: SamAdams76

“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.


48 posted on 05/04/2008 6:31:50 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: jas3
The Yankees are privately owned and can (and should) charge whatever the market will bear.
It's not like they force you to go to the games.


My understanding is that MLB is in effect a government sanctioned monopoly. I think that kind of distorts what the market will bear.
49 posted on 05/04/2008 6:33:00 PM PDT by loungeSerf (Hi-Yield Bureaucrat Farming - Hillary/Obama 08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: glorgau

Surely that’s only a drop in the bucket for one player’s salary...


50 posted on 05/04/2008 7:01:24 PM PDT by scrabblehack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-114 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson