• Cards New Park Packs Them In

    Posted by on February 26th, 2006 · Comments (1)

    From the AP:

    With a month and a half to go before the baseball season, more than 3 million tickets have been sold or committed for 2006 games at the new Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals president Mark Lamping said Friday.

    In fact, demand is so great that the team on Friday cut off further sales of season tickets after selling 27,500 – which translates to nearly 2.3 million tickets at the season’s 81 games.

    Combine that with 300,000 in group ticket sales, 117,000 sales of four-game packages, 86,000 tickets for party rooms and picnic areas, 120,000 for team obligations such as players’ wives and other friends of the organization, and 170,000 giveaway tickets for military personnel, clergy and amateur baseball coaches, and a bit more than 3 million tickets are spoken for.

    Read it and learn. This is exactly what it’s going to like with the “new” Yankee Stadium. Actually, I expect the last year of the current Stadium to be like this as well. Yankees tickets will be like gold in the near future.

    Comments on Cards New Park Packs Them In

    1. baileywalk
      February 26th, 2006 | 10:31 am

      The Yankees wanted to make more money and stop paying the luxury tax. So someone who was very brilliant came up with the idea of a new stadium, paid for entirely by them. They could put more luxury boxes in the new stadium, which corporations will eat up, put a restaurant in there, etc., and because they’re putting their own money up to build it, they can subtract that money from the dough they dole out to the other teams (most of whom don’t use the money on their teams). I don’t want a new stadium. I’ve been going to the current one (post-reconstruction) since I was a little kid. But I understand the move. The luxury-tax system is a joke. In fact, it’s a fraud. Lower-market teams — whose owners are often billionaires — pocket money meant for the betterment of their team. It should be illegal to do this, but Selig never challenges anything owners do. Big Stein has a right to not want to fund ninety percent of the baseball teams out there.

      I don’t think you’ll ever see a situation where the everyday fan will be squeezed out of the games. Actually, I’m always shocked to see who ends up in the primo seats. I often wonder, “I know that seat had to cost them three hundred bucks — who ARE these people and how the hell did they afford it?” I say this as a person who has a friend inside the organization and can get tickets anytime I want. But all the same, in ’05, when Yankee tickets were hotter than Broadway tickets, you still saw a crowd of fans, not corporate workers. I hate to leave the stadium, but like everything else, we’ll be used to it in a year or two and the team might actually be better for it.

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