• Yanks Raise Ticket Prices, Again

    Posted by on November 25th, 2005 · Comments (4)

    From the AP:

    Supporting baseball’s biggest payroll will mean an increase in ticket prices for the New York Yankees, who are boosting the price of many of their best box seats over $100.

    The Yankees said Friday they are raising the price of their box seats closest to the field by $5 to $20, depending on their row and location. The seats, known as field championship boxes, will sell for $110, $105, $100 and $95, up from $90 last season.

    New York’s best regular seats, which include waiter service, are available only as part of season ticket plans.

    With many sections for next year already sold out because of season tickets, the price of the top seat available in advance for individual game sales will be $55 for lower deck reserved, an increase of $5. Those seats will sell for $57 on the days of games.

    Upper deck reserved seats will remain unchanged: $17 as part of season tickets, $19 in advance of individual games and $20 on days of games. Bleacher seats will remain at $10 as part of season tickets and $12 for individual games.

    I got my season tickets in 2001 – Loge Box MVP seats, right by 1B.

    In 2001, they were $37 per seat. That price stayed the same in 2002. In 2003, it was raised to $40. In 2004, it was raised to $45. Last year, it became $50. And, now, it appears that it’s going to be $55 per seat.

    I have to confess, an increase of $18 per seat in the span of four years gets under my skin a bit. That’s nearly a 50% increase.

    I can only imagine what it’s going to be in the “new” Stadium – do I hear $90 per seat? Mark my words – just watch.

    I almost wish that the team didn’t draw so well – and only averaged about 30,000 per game. Then, at least, maybe, the law of supply and demand would not allow them to keep tacking on another $5 per seat each year.

    Right now, with so many people wanting to go, they can do what they want – and, it sorta locks me in too. I know if I gave up these seats that I would never see anything in such a good location again.

    Maybe someday it will become so crowded there that no one will want to go? Can the law of Berra beat the law of S&D?

    Comments on Yanks Raise Ticket Prices, Again

    1. Jen
      November 26th, 2005 | 12:46 am

      Sorry to hear that your seats went up. I guess I’m lucky that I sit in the cheap seats as our prices have not been affected.

      And I just want to say that this line, “Supporting baseball’s biggest payroll will mean an increase in ticket prices for the New York Yankee,” is total horseshit. Ticket prices have NOTHING to do with players’ salaries.

    2. Raf
      November 26th, 2005 | 2:07 am

      Ticket prices have NOTHING to do with players’ salaries.

      Absolutely positvely 100% agree with you, Jen. I wish more people knew this.

      Check out David Grabiner’s “Ticket Prices Mini-FAQ”

    3. November 26th, 2005 | 9:39 am

      Agreed, they set the price based on what people are willing to pay.

    4. JohnnyC
      November 26th, 2005 | 12:46 pm

      It’s not something every other team doesn’t do. After all, it’s a business. A very lucrative one at that. I only wish people would get as worked up about oil prices. Maybe we’d avoid some dubious foreign policy stunts if we saw the forest for the trees in that area as well. At the end of the day, as Omar Minaya likes to say, you can choose not to buy tickets…invest in a HD TV and stop paying outrageous prices for beer, chips, and ice cream.

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