David K. Li of the New York Post has reported that season ticket prices to attend New York Yankees games are the highest in baseball. In other news, the Sun also rises in the east and sets in the west.
The newspaper’s study was based on season ticket prices for two specific areas of the ballpark—lower level seats behind the foul pole and upper-deck seats behind home plate.
To no one’s surprise, tickets for games to see the Bronx Bombers are not cheap. For 81 home games at Yankee Stadium, per the Post, a season seat on the lower level near the left field foul pole will have you forking over nearly $6,500 to the Steinbrenner family.
That, of course, is not counting how expensive food and beverage prices are in the Bronx.
In second place—also to no one’s surprise—are the Chicago Cubs who check in at over $5,000 for similar seats over the course of a season.
Believe it or not, even a deal to see the New York Mets—who, last year represented the National League in the World Series is a relative bargain. The Post’s report said Mets season tickets are roughly between $2,400 and $3,700 depending on the seat.
The Post’s report also comes on the heels of Yanks Chief Operating Officer, Lonn Trost, making controversial comments regarding a spat with StubHub—which led to the organization no longer accepting print-at-home tickets.
“The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money.”
Trost made these comments last week on WFAN—the Yankees’ flagship radio station.
“It’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for a ticket and (another) fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount.”
Last year was not exactly a banner year for the Yankees at the turnstiles. According to attendance figures on ESPN.com, the Yankees did, once again, draw over three million fans last year to the Stadium, but the average attendance per game dropped from over 42,000 in 2014 to just under 40,000 last season.
It is also significantly less than when the Yanks drew over 45,000 fans in 2009—the first year of the new Yankee Stadium and the last year the team won the World Series. As the Yankees continue to hoard their money into a Bryce Harper war chest, the fans will be left feeling the most pain.