• Yankees Giving Away Seats Inside The Moat

    Posted by on March 29th, 2013 · Comments (11)

    Via Andrew Marchand -

    The Yankees are giving away free tickets for their most expensive seats for the 2013 season.

    The Legends seats, which normally cost $500-$1,250 per game, stretch from dugout to dugout around home plate. Since the inception of the new stadium in 2009, they have been noticeably sparsely filled at times.

    ESPNNewYork.com obtained an e-mail sent to Legends suite licensees on Thursday, which offered “complimentary” Legends tickets for preselected games to multiyear season-ticket holders who own those seats.

    A Yankees spokesman said season-ticket holders will receive two tickets per seat and can use them at select games. In other words, if you own two seats, you will receive two more Legends tickets.

    “As the 2013 season approaches and the Yankees begin their quest for a 28th World Series title, we are excited to continue extending new benefits to our most valued Legends Suite Licensees,” the e-mail read.

    “New for the 2013 season, you will be eligible for a total of ONE complimentary Legends Suite Bonus Tickets for each seat you own to be used during pre-selected game(s) of the Yankees 2013 regular season. The tickets you redeem can be split among various games, subject to availability.”

    In explaining their side, the Yankees said they are just trying to give their Legends suite holders added value.

    “The Yankees have always provided numerous benefits to our Season Ticket Holders and over the past year we have received requests from our Legends Suite Holders for benefits similar to those provided to other Suite Holders in Yankee Stadium,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said in a statement to ESPNNewYork.com. “For the 2013 season, we have implemented this new benefit for our multi-year Legends Suite Holders based on those requests.”

    The Yankees have never extended the offer to Legends suite season-ticket holders before.

    Seems like Lonn Trost is treating Yankee Stadium as if it was Fort Zinderneuf – lining up dead soldiers posed at their stations, guarding the compound, for appearances-sake.

    Comments on Yankees Giving Away Seats Inside The Moat

    1. Evan3457
      March 29th, 2013 | 7:12 pm

      I can’t disagree with you on any of this. They’re sticking to their plan, no matter what.

      It’s like the guy who has to cross a bridge on his way home, and the state police stop him one night to tell him the bridge has a large gap due to a partial collapse, and he decides to keep driving on…

    2. LMJ229
      March 29th, 2013 | 10:53 pm

      This is a typical sales ploy when you over price your product.

    3. March 30th, 2013 | 7:52 am

      The more and more I read about the Yankees and their issues selling tickets, the more and more I think it’s just a matter of time until they go to variable ticket pricing.

      I know they don’t want to do it. And, I know it would screw me since I split the 81-game package with 8 other people. But, if they really want to sell those games they can’t get rid of, and take away the secondary market, then they have to start charging less for those games that nobody wants to go to…

    4. Raf
      March 30th, 2013 | 8:08 am

      @ Steve L.:
      Or they could just lower ticket prices. No matter what they do, they will never get rid of the secondary market. Well, not unless they stop charging for tickets and let people in for free :)

    5. March 30th, 2013 | 8:25 am

      Raf wrote:

      Or they could just lower ticket prices

      Have they ever done that at a scale where it’s noteworthy?

    6. Raf
      March 30th, 2013 | 8:46 am

      @ Steve L.:
      That depends on your definition of noteworthy.

      It’s obvious that they’re still making money at the current price point, or at least they’re not losing any. Until they do, it will be business as usual.

    7. LMJ229
      March 30th, 2013 | 8:56 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Have they ever done that at a scale where it’s noteworthy?

      Didn’t they lower some of the inside-the-moat ticket prices a couple of years ago?

    8. March 30th, 2013 | 11:41 am

      @ LMJ229:
      Yeah, but, they moved them from ungodly obscene prices to still stupidly too high prices.

    9. LMJ229
      March 30th, 2013 | 3:00 pm

      Hey Steve did you ever get your Yankees ticket exchange issue sorted out or did you move on to Stub Hub? I heard that the Yankees will only allow electronic delivery of Stub Hub tickets 48 hours before game time, no sooner. They can be delivered via ticket forwarding.

    10. March 30th, 2013 | 4:55 pm

      I moved them to Stub Hub. Made no sense to list them on a site, TYTE, that no one could find even if they were looking hard for it.

    11. LMJ229
      March 30th, 2013 | 10:26 pm

      Steve, I didn’t find it hard to find at all. Went to the Yankees website and then to “Tickets” at top – if you don’t click on it a sub-menu comes up with a link to the ticket exchange. Am I missing something or did they alter it?

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