In a statement released to the media this morning, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. slammed the New York Yankees for their new ticket edicts prohibiting fans from printing tickets at home to bring to games.
Diaz referred to the new policy as “the very definition of elitism” and said the organization should not make it more difficult for fans, particularly those visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time, to enjoy a game at baseball’s Cathedral.
“I have been a Yankee fan my entire life. Without the everyday, working class fans who make up the vast majority of their fan base, the New York Yankees would not be the successful franchise they are today,”
Diaz credited his fellow Yankee fans for always being “the best in baseball” and said they cheer for their team harder than any other fan base in the game.
These comments were made in response to those by Yanks’ Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost.
Last week, Trost told radio station WFAN, the team’s flagship station, that the new ticket policy was done with the idea that some fans may feel frustrated if they were sitting near others that did not pay a premium price for certain seats.
“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.”
This also comes on the heels of a New York Post report detailing that the Yankees once again post the most expensive ticket prices in Major League Baseball—despite having below-average attendance statistics (by Bronx Bombers standards) last season.
The Yankees drew just under 40,000 fans last year—significantly fewer than when the new Stadium opened in 2009 (the year of their last World Series title) when they averaged over 45,000 per game. It’s been a banner winter, to say the least, for the Yankees, as they have alienated many fans on more than one level.