Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hal Steinbrenner: Perhaps Ticket Prices Are A Bit High

It seems like the Yankees have finally caught on - tickets in the "greatest seats in the world" are overpriced, according to Hal Steinbrenner. Sadly, this is not news to anyone except for the out of touch executives that run the ticket operation for the New York Yankees.
"I think if anybody in any business had known where this economy was going to go, they would have done things differently," Steinbrenner said Thursday. "Look, there's no doubt small amounts of our tickets might be overpriced.
Back when the prices were announced, people said they were expensive. Sales are slowed by the economy, but lets not fool ourselves into believing that the prices for the best seats were ever anything short of insane.

Then, we have this revelation from Hal:
"You know, we're continuing to look into that," he said. "But the bottom line is, the vast majority of them, it seems like they're right on because we've sold 35,000 full-season equivalents, and a lot of the tickets have, you know, sold quite well. And, well, despite what's out there all the time about the time ... there's thousands of very affordable seating. And, you know, the public is excited, as excited as we are, I think."
Suddenly, the Yankees have only sold 35,000 full-season equivalents. What started as 39,000 back in March 2008, was then amended to 36,000 by Lonn Trost last week, and is now at 35,000. The Yankees continue to prove that they were using scare tactics to convince fans to upgrade to season ticket plans that they didn't necessarily want, in turn becoming Yankee ticket brokers.
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