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Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009 at 5:15 PM
Bruce Dorskind  (Login Yankeefan51)

 
Yankees adjust premium ticket prices
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | 3:47 PM

BRONX -- The Yankees have reviewed their ticket prices and are making some changes.

Spokesperson Alice McGillon released the following statement by the New York Yankees:

"A few weeks ago, I indicated that in light of the economy we would review the pricing of a small number of our premium locations at Yankee Stadium; specifically, our Suite Seats. I mentioned a small number of locations because in excess of 3.4 million seats, including 37,000 full season equivalents as well as approximately 85 percent of all our premium locations have already been sold. Yet, there are a few hundred Suite Seats in our premium locations that have not been sold on a full season basis. As a result, and for many of our fans who have already purchased full season Suite Seats in such premium locations, the Yankees are announcing today a program that adjusts certain prices and benefits affecting such Suite Seats," said Hal Steinbrenner, Managing General Partner of the New York Yankees.

For the 2009 regular season only, the following price adjustments and benefits are being adopted effective immediately for a few hundred Legends Suite and Delta Sky 360 Suite Licensees.

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A. The full season Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row in Sections 15A, 15B, 24B and 25 will be reduced from $2,500 to $1,250 per regular season game. All fans who have purchased such full season Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive, at their choice, a refund or a credit.

B. The full season Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row in Sections 11, 12, 13, 27B, 28 and 29 will be reduced from $1,000 to $650 per regular season game. All fans who have purchased such full season Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive, at their choice, a refund or a credit.

C. All fans who purchased full season $2,500 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row, in Sections 16 - 24A, will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the first row in Sections 16 - 24A for each of the remaining regular season games during the 2009 regular season.

D. All fans who purchased full season $1,250 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $1,250 Legends Suite price category for 24 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees.

E. All fans who purchased full season $850 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $850 Legends Suite price category for 8 games and in the $500 Legends Suite price category for 4 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees.

F. All fans who purchased full season $600 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $500 Legends Suite price category for 10 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees.

G. All fans who purchased full season $500 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive an equal number of complimentary Legends Suite Seats in the $500 Legends Suite price category for 8 games during the 2009 regular season, as selected by the Yankees.

H. Future 2009 regular season sales of full season $1,250, $850, $600 and $500 Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses, will receive comparable (dependent upon the price of the Legends Suite and Ticket License) benefits during the 2009 regular season, subject to availability.

I. The Delta SKY 360 Suite and Ticket Licenses in the first row in Sections 218A - 222 will be reduced from $750 to $550 for each regular season game. All fans who have purchased such full season Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive, at their choice, a refund or a credit.

In addition, for 2009, so as to encourage fans to purchase full season ticket plans in the Field Level Sections 115 - 125, the Yankees are also adopting a program affecting a few hundred seats. And, for our fans who have already purchased, on a full season basis such Field Level seating priced at $325 Sections 115 - 125, the following program is being adopted effective immediately:

A. Going forward all fans when purchasing, on a full season basis, three (3) full regular season ticket plans priced at $325 per regular season game in Sections 115 - 125 will receive a fourth full regular season ticket at no additional cost.

B. All fans who have purchased full season plans priced at $325 per regular season game will receive complimentary regular season tickets within Sections 115 - 125 for remaining regular season games during the 2009 regular season as follows:

1. If you purchased two (2) or three (3) full season tickets you will receive two (2) tickets for every other regular season game, commencing with either the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009 or the Friday evening game on May 1, 2009 and alternating for the remainder of the season.

2. If you purchased four (4) or five (5) full season tickets you will receive two (2) tickets for every regular season game during the balance of the 2009 regular season, commencing with the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009.

3. If you purchased six (6) or seven (7) full season tickets you will receive three (3) tickets for every regular season game during the balance of the 2009 regular season, commencing with the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009.

4. If you purchased eight (8) full season tickets you will receive four (4) tickets for every regular season game during the balance of the 2009 regular season, commencing with the Thursday evening game on April 30, 2009.

 
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Jeff Lichtman
(Login calvindog)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 5:17 PM 

Wow, I guess the Yankees were tired of being embarrassed by all of those empty seats.

Will Randy Levine shut his big mouth now?

 
 

peter ullman
(Login ullmandds)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 5:28 PM 

that's good to see. I was starting to feel a little embarrassed to be a Yankees fan...with the ridiculous ticket prices...and somewhat gaudy new ballpark.

 
 
Kenneth A. Cohen
(Login kcohen_gaohong)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 5:37 PM 

I guess there's a limit to the extent that the sheep are willing to be sheared.

 
 
D. Bergin
(Login Pugilistica_Dave)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 5:45 PM 

happy.gif This IS a miracle!

An even bigger miracle would be me coming up with $40,000-$120,000 to attend Yankee games for a season.

Let's see. I can pay my mortgage.............or I can go to one Yankee game and sit in the big shot seats for a day.


 
 

Dave
(Login Chesbro41)

Meaaah...

April 28 2009, 5:48 PM 

There's zero reason to even consider buying those premium seats, even at the slashed prices.

I had great Saturday Tier seats close to home plate for the last few years and they cost me a few grand... I was shut out of those seats in the new stadium (because everyone was pushed out of those premium seats into mine!!!!) So I ended up getting Sunday bleacher seats... best move I ever made.

Now my seats are less than $400 per year, non obstructed. I'm right underneath the retired numbers wall and you can roam around the stadium freely and catch the game from just about every angle. And the best part of the stadium is the CF bar that overlooks the entire field (which is now my watering hole.)

What initially pissed me off became a blessing at the Yankees expense. Now if Girardi would finally figure out what the rest of baseball knows (we need a long man in the pen)... maybe the Yanks would really be on to something.


    
This message has been edited by Chesbro41 on Apr 28, 2009 5:49 PM


 
 
CoreyRS.hanus
(Login benjulmag)

I'm not impressed

April 28 2009, 5:51 PM 

They're still grossly overpriced.


 
 

Dave
(Login Chesbro41)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 6:02 PM 

Going to the stadium is hilarious right now. The upper decks, bleachers and outskirt seats are completely full... yet right in behind home plate it's a ghost town.

I'm talking full sections EMPTY in there. Everyone looks at each other in the full areas and raises their eyebrow... Is it any wonder that the same management who got Brown, Pavano, Johnson, Karsay, and Giambi over rated the worth of their product???

I just hope this doesn't bankrupt them. Although I wouldn't mind seeing 9 hungry players on that field again instead of a few each day. I love the Pinstripes but they make it so damn hard sometimes.


 
 
Frank Wakefield
(Login FrankWakefield)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 6:30 PM 

Maybe authorities should take season ticket holders into custody for a mental health examination, to see if they're mentally competent... Anyone buying a PSL and then the season ticket, gotta wonder about 'em.

 
 
barrysloate
(Login barrysloate)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 6:36 PM 

Despite their $200 million payroll, they have crappy pitching and can't even play .500 ball. Why would anybody want to pay what the Yankees were asking for tickets? Worst deal imaginable, and it was a huge embarrassment to them when the camera panned all the empty seats behind home plate.

I say lower box seats to $12 and charge 75 cents for the bleachers. That's fair.

 
 

Jim VB
(Login jvb6034)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 6:41 PM 

"I say lower box seats to $12 and charge 75 cents for the bleachers. That's fair."


Well Barry, you know as well as I do that your scenario won't happen until they can get the star players to play for $80,000 - $100,000.

 
 
barrysloate
(Login barrysloate)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 6:52 PM 

You know Jim, there are players in the league who make a tenth of what some Yankee players make, and they are in fact more productive. Never has a team gotten worse value, dollar for dollar, than the Yankees.

 
 
brock
(Login yanks12025)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 7:18 PM 

Barry,
May i ask what team you like.

 
 
Frank Wakefield
(Login FrankWakefield)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 7:30 PM 

Anyone been to a Yankees game this year? If so, how good or bad was your seat, and what was the total cost of the outing??


From those figures we should see that we here are not really baseball fans. Most of us aren't. What are we? We are fans of 19th and 20th century baseball. Maybe fans of turn of the (last) century baseball. But we aren't fans of PSL's and $1500 tickets, are we?

 
 
brock
(Login yanks12025)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 7:35 PM 

I have been twice so far. First was the second exhibition against the Cubs. I only paid $15 for upper Tier around 3rd base. Good view. And i went to opening day. Paid $250 for section 208, middle level around rightfield foul pole.

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Jim VB
(Login jvb6034)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 7:37 PM 

Barry,

Some teams (quite a few actually) have done a much better job than the Yankee front office of using their available resources. The Marlins, the Rays, the Twins, to name a few have managed to be competitive on and off, by using their farm system and young players, but these teams can not stay competitive for years on end. They all have trouble paying competitive salaries as soon as the players become free agents. Twins had to let Santana go, and don't be surprised when they have trouble keeping Maurer.

Flowing from George down, the mood in the Yankees has always been to "win now, not later." As a fan, I love that level of expectation. I know they won't win, or even make the playoffs, every year. But losing will never be accepted like it is in many cities.

And, not to make excuses for this year, (because it's way too early) but they currently have on the DL:

starting 3rd baseman
2nd string 3rd baseman
starting outfielder
starting pitcher
set-up relief pitcher

 
 
barrysloate
(Login barrysloate)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 7:44 PM 

Brock- I've actually been a San Francisco Giants fan since I was a kid, but they have been so bad lately I've stopped watching. I'm still trying to figure how they lost the 2002 Series.

 
 

Rob D.
(Login wolfie51sb)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 8:06 PM 

I've heard of some Yankees fan who paid for a PSL, bought season tickets and at the conclusion of every home game drive to Parsippany, N.J., to have their tickets graded by SGC.

(Of course I'm kidding. SGC doesn't slab tickets.)

 
 
PC
(Login PC-T206)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 8:10 PM 

I got hold of the draft press release. Interesting, the PR people must have thought better of the original clause J., which was deleted and which read as follows:

"J. We apologize to anyone who purchased the Legends Suite and Ticket Licenses and Delta SKY 360 Suite and Ticket Licenses because we clearly took advantage of your diminished mental capacity. All fans who have purchased such full season Suite and Ticket Licenses will receive, at their choice, a sharp slap in the face or a brain scan."


btw -- this Yankees fan stopped paying the ludicrous prices after 1992. Only time I go is if I get the firm's seats, or someone's corporate tickets. Sorry, I'd rather spend the money on something or someone else.

To put things in perspective, I went a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game two weeks ago. With a coupon someone gave us in line, four of us got in for a total of $18. Granted, that's "single A Advanced" minor league baseball, but dollar-for-dollar compared to Yankees tickets, we got to see a good baseball game at a great price.

 
 

Jim VB
(Login jvb6034)

Re: Miracles Do Happen- Look What The Yankees Just Did

April 28 2009, 8:19 PM 

"I've heard of some Yankees fan who paid for a PSL, bought season tickets and at the conclusion of every home game drive to Parsippany, N.J., to have their tickets graded by SGC."


Rob,

That's a lie and you know it! The season ticket holders from NJ don't stay to the conclusion of the game. They leave in the 7th to beat traffic over the bridge. (Hell, when Rizutto was alive and broadcasting, HE used to leave in the 7th and listen to the game on the radio while driving home.)

 
 
 
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