Monday, July 14, 2008

All Hail Yankee Stadium

Russ Smith is having none of it, however, mostly on egalitarian grounds, as the old ballpark becomes a place to network on an expense account as opposed to toss back beers and jeer:
There’s nothing sinister or modern about conducting business at a ballgame: salesmen making pitches to potential clients who happen to be sports fans makes a lot of sense. In fact, when I owned the weekly New York Press, we sprung for season tickets and the investment—about $15,000—was recouped by the successful wooing of new advertisers by the end of May, a most pleasant set of circumstances. Yet one of the glories of Yankee Stadium, even in the 1990s, was the congregation of a legitimate mixture of people from all sorts of backgrounds. You’d see, all in one section, guys in suits trying not to get mustard on their ties along with wholesome families, bare-chested youths with “Jeter Rules” painted on their bodies and older New Yorkers, scorecards in hand, who might engage in conversation about seeing Joe DiMaggio’s graceful defense in center field or seeing Phil Rizzuto on the subway before a game.

Maybe this is alarmism run amok, but if the reports about outrageous ticket prices are correct, it’s possible that in the future Yankee Stadium will be populated by the elite alone, which pretty much sucks. And, just like the Boston fans who’ve been priced out of Fenway Park and flock to other stadiums to see the Sox play, displaced Yankee diehards will be on the move as well.
He's right. It's a battle already long lost, but he's right.


Eric said...

but what can you really do craig? if people are willing to pay then what is to stop a club from charging it?

as a red sox fan ive long defended the red sox FO for the rising ticket prices with the argument that i'd rather pay extra-bucks for a seat and watch a competitive team than watch a slug for 10 bucks.

Craig Calcaterra said...

Nothin' to be done. It's just what happens. But even if we can't change the inevitable, we can lament it for a time.

Jake said...

This morning, Rob Neyer wrote a good piece on this phenomenon. He says (and I agree) that it's better for an owner -- long-term -- not to price out the core fans, even though it doesn't maximize yearly profits.

I wonder if any owners out there understand this.