ESPN – Seats behind home plate at the Yankees new stadium cost $500-$2,500 – MLB — This must be an early April Fools gag, right? Either that or insanity.

The New York Yankees will charge $500 to $2,500 for seats near home plate in the first five-to-eight rows of their new ballpark. They already have commitments from ticket-buyers for all 122 of the front-row seats…the team already had received more than 3,000 upgrade requests for next year.

In the final season of the current Yankee Stadium, the team has 162 Legends seats ringing the infield mostly in two rows, with tickets priced up to $1,000 a game. Behind that are 3,000 Field Championship seats, which sold for $250 a game this year as part of season tickets. Those same seats cost just $25 in 1996.

I’m always looking for crazy things like this to prove that the economy is about to collapse. But the real problem here is that the game is mostly ruined by these new initiatives — the same in football. You go into one of these private suites, or fancy food areas and nobody watches the game. They talk business.

Found by John Ligums

  1. hhopper says:

    I guess this means when you go to a Yankee’s game, you see mostly filthy rich people.

  2. mrmigu says:

    “….You go into one of these private suites, or fancy food areas and nobody watches the game. They talk business….”

    I dont blame them. Have you ever tried to watch a baseball game?

  3. The Future of MLB says:

    Strike two ….

  4. Hmeyers says:

    Baseball isn’t what it once was.

    It used to be the most talented farm boys who grew into men and played the game … even in late 1980s and early 1990s.

    Then it became a steroid induced game with superhumans and corporate-owned, instead of family owned, teams buying a World Series calibur team (Toronto 1993 was the first such team).

    Today, even $100 million won’t buy a playoff team.

    The Yankees are the ultimate symbol of this corruption, so I see this as fitting.

  5. bobbo says:

    And like too many “businesses” in America–it has regulations in place to prevent competition and it receives massive corporate welfare all directed at the richest people in America.

    Chimp in Chief’s only success in business was to (be given)/own a team==and all his profits were in tax subsidies.

    Sports–only second to Religion in a way to get people not to think at all.

  6. BubbaRay says:

    Chump change. You can’t even buy Dallas Cowboys tickets for the new stadium without a seat license, per seat. How about $100,000 before you even purchase the 8 games, and you’ve got to shell out for those ridiculous pre-season games too.

    Jerry Jones has already sold out the lower deck. All of it. Every chair.

    Look at this from The Dallas Morning News:

  7. MikeN says:

    That isn’t unreasonable for premium seats.

  8. BubbaRay says:

    Well, #5 bobbo, there are some times when I don’t want to code or delve into the mess of math that goes along with astronomy. I enjoyed sports as a kid and I still enjoy college basketball and football.

    Several editors here like college and pro football (both kinds), golf, etc. I know KD does, and I’m pretty sure Hop and Eideard do.

    So please don’t lump us in with the face painters.

  9. Ah_Yea says:

    I think BubbaRay #6 alluded to the financial realities of pro sports. They have already sold every one of the expensive seats!

    That means, even at those huge prices the seats sold. They’re probably kicking themselves because they could have charged more; what the market is willing to bear.

    As for me, pro sports would return to the days when I was a kid and they gave out all sorts of stuff with affordable ticket prices.

    But as long as people are willing to pay that kinda money…

  10. bobbo says:

    #8–Bubba==there are exceptions to every rule, but I will ask you what are you “thinking about” when sports is about? I don’t think people should be “thinking all the time” and great brains like yours need down time to relax. Still–sports is an invitation not to think and it is a great diversion from anything important. Nothing you posted disagrees with what I have said in this thread.

    #10–Ah Yea==quite right. Sports is a perfect area where, like paying to jump line at a Paris Hilton event, the market should control. In fact, we should all encourage this mindless expense ((Note to self–include this in next argument about tax code provisions for “reasonable business expenses”)) as in effect it makes everything else of actual value just a bit more affordable.

  11. BubbaRay says:

    #11, Bobbo, No excuses for me, but with the tornadoes within 5 miles of me today I got a little freaked when I looked at “religion” and “sports” on the same line.

    What do I think about when I’m enjoying a nice summer day at the wonderful Ballpark In Arlington? “Hey, where’s that beer guy?” and “Darned ump! He was safe!”

    I’ll not say anything about the tank top babe scenery, that just wouldn’t be proper. 😯

  12. hhopper says:

    They’ve priced me out of live sports. Fortunately there’s HDTV.

  13. ECA says:

    Lets see…
    Owners get LOTS of money and players get the SHAFT.
    Players go on strike to get more money.
    Owners SHOULD loose abit…NOPE.
    Prices went up,
    Concessions went UP,
    SEATS went up.

    Players go on STRIKE again, for more money…
    WHO looses(money) the GENERAL person…that LOVEs the game.

  14. JPV says:

    This is merely indicative of the re-adjustment of class distinctions in the US.

    In a very short time…

    Billionaires will be considered wealthy.

    Multimillionaires will be considered middle class.

    The Middle Class will be dead.

    The Poor will be dead.

    It’s all part of the New World Order and the “Sustainable Development” movement, which states that the world will only be able to sustain a maximum of 500,000 people.

  15. Mark T. says:

    The American obsession with baseball is truly amazing. I still say it is a complete waste of time and now it looks like it will be a complete waste of hard earned money.

    This makes me wonder what fifty yard line seats will cost at the new Dallas Cowboy stadium. Probably about the same.

    So, do you get free beer and hot dogs with a $2500 seat? Let’s see, should I bring a date or buy a new 60″ plasma instead?

  16. Chris Mac says:

    Do this mean that, if you support baseball, you are a terrorist?

    Hmm.. All that money MUST be for the terrorists.

  17. Terrorist Spokesperson says:

    You’re either with us or you hate Baseball.

  18. Actually I think Hop has stumbled on the true trend..watching on HD, especially pro football which is unwatchable at a stadium because of the long breaks. It’s actually worse than baseball now as they are constantly standing around waiting for the TV commercials to end. I can assure you I get invited to a lot of football games and rarely go. It’s a huge hassle. It’s better on HD (I have a projector), cheaper, and parking is everywhere and free.

  19. Thomas says:

    Don’t forget the much higher quality beer, bathroom breaks when you want, instant replay when you want, better food, better crowd and you can dress how you want.

  20. bilgo bad says:

    I’m always looking for crazy things like this to prove that the economy is about to collapse.
    They are selling out these high priced seats and this means the economy is collapsing??
    O and live baseball is still available at your local double a team. Tickets usually less then ten bucks. This is where the real fans have went.

  21. Mr. Catshit says:

    #22, bilgo,

    They are selling out these high priced seats and this means the economy is collapsing??

    Totally unrelated.

    Even during the worst of the Great Depression, people bought Pierce-Arrows, Dusenberg, Packards, Rolls-Royce’s, and Cadillacs. Tiffany and Company was still doing quite well, as was Belmont. Private rail cars were still very fashionable and usually quite opulent.

    The engine of the American economy is the 95% that can not afford season tickets to a pro sports team. Out of 300 million Americans, that still leaves 15 million wealthy enough to buy the tickets.

  22. TGWells902 says:

    the yankees have no money all because of ARod who is getting more money than the whole Marlins roster no wonder they have to sell their old stadium to build a new one


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