• The Price Of Saying Good-bye

    Posted by on August 31st, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Via the Post

    Ticket prices for the last 11 games at Yankee Stadium are soaring like a rally-killing A-Rod pop-up.

    Fans are shelling out up to 100 times face value to make final, farewell pilgrimages to The House that Ruth Built, with some brokers looking for $10,000 apiece.

    The final 11 home games at the Stadium are all sold out, but pricey tickets galore are available on such resale sites as Craigslist, eBay and StubHub. Bleacher seats – normally the cheapest tickets in the house at $14 – are being sold for about $100 for weekday games and about $150 for weekends. Other seats run from $200 to $1,000.

    Seats for the probable last game ever at the park – unless the Yankees make an unlikely playoff run – are the most expensive.

    A bleacher seat for the Sept. 21 game against the lowly Baltimore Orioles is on sale for about $350, $29 upper-deck box seats are being listed at $2,000 each, $60 loge boxes are going for $6,000 each, and $325 field championship boxes right behind home plate are selling at $10,000 each.

    New York baseball fans interested in saying farewell to a stadium can always see the Mets, who are bidding adieu to Shea Stadium.

    Although most games sell out, tickets under $30 are still available for all of the team’s remaining regular-season games except the last one on Sept. 28, for which the cheapest ticket on StubHub is $121.

    Plus, observed one broker, “Mets fans are glad Shea’s going. They don’t need to say goodbye.”

    I have tickets for the “last” game on September 21st. And, even though I could use a boost in my income (now, more than ever), I intend on being at that game. Sure, perhaps this could be the most fiscally irresponsible move that I’ve ever made in my life. But, how many last games will there be at Yankee Stadium?

    To that, some may say “What’s the big deal? You’ve been there before. What’s one more game?” Well, to be candid, I have no idea how many times I’ve been to this Stadium. But, to be conservative, I would estimate that it’s been over 150 games (since 1976). So, yeah, I have been there – often.

    However, when I start to ponder my current age and life expectancy, the increasing family demands of my time, and the estimated prices for tickets to the “new” Yankee Stadium, I figure that there’s no way that I will ever attend as many games in the “new” Yankee Stadium as I have attended at this “current” Yankee Stadium.

    Therefore, “this” Yankee Stadium – the one that opened in 1976 – will forever be “my” Yankee Stadium. And, because of that, I want to be there at the end.

    Based on what some people seem to be willing to pay for these tickets, I guess I’m not alone.

    Comments on The Price Of Saying Good-bye

    1. MJ
      September 2nd, 2008 | 2:40 pm

      No need to justify it. I shelled out $600 for a ticket to the All Star Game just because I wanted to make sure I got a chance to see a cool event at Yankee Stadium one last time before they move across the street.

      I’m going to the Saturday game so I’ll keep the seats warm for ya!

    2. antone
      September 2nd, 2008 | 4:29 pm

      You are doing the right thing by going to the game Steve. I wish I could be there. Plus, I’m sure you could get some cash for the actual ticket stub at some point in the future.

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