Here’s a little tidbit, courtesy the Denver Post’s Jim Armstrong, to try and convey just how downright insane and out of touch the New York Yankees are for setting the cost of dugout seats this season at the new Yankee Stadium (the ones they’re – duh – having trouble selling).
Cost of a dugout seat in New York for a single game: $2,500
Cost of box seat season tickets at Coors Field behind home plate: $2,800.
That’s an additional $300 for 80 more games in Denver, working out to an average of $34.57 per ticket, a discount of $2465.43 per game.
The dugout seats aren’t the only ones the Yankees are having trouble selling of course. The Yankees resorted to taking out full-page ads in the New York Times last week to try and drum up interest in the worst economy this country has seen in decades.
Richard Sandomir writes in the Times:
The stadium is the Yankees’ stimulus package, but the unsold seats are making them feel short of full stimulation. The ads make the Yankees look a bit desperate; the last thing they want is for these seats — the “greatest in the world” the team has called them, which will be seen prominently on television — to be empty on opening day and beyond. Will we next see a casting call in Backstage for seat fillers for these magnificent seats?
This is all poor timing, of course. The Yankees didn’t expect the economy to tank around the time they debuted their billion-dollar palace. Wall St. can’t afford to go to Yankee Stadium this season. Sorry.
But Yankee Stadium does have this on Coors: It will become the first antimicrobial facility in Major League Baseball. Ironic seeing that the last Yankee Stadium may have been the least antimicrobial facility in Major League Baseball.
According to UPI.com, “Areas of the stadium to be treated include the home and visiting club houses, locker rooms, training rooms, dugouts, showers, managers and coaches offices, weight-training areas and family lounge.”
So much for the hot dog vendor. But then again, it's plainly obvious that the Yankees don't really have the fans in mind any longer.