Now that Spring Training is pretty much at an end, there is time to talk about other things.
However, nothing has been on the top of things talked about like the tickets prices for the two new ballparks here in New York City. Mets fans have gone on a tangent as to what has been going on with ticket prices. They should be grateful.
I was reading an interesting article on ESPN.com regarding Yankees ticket prices. Hal Steinbrenner addressed the outrageous prices.
Outrageous indeed. According to the article, prices have increased by 76.3 percent. Premium seats cost $510.08 which is a little more than three times the Mets premium seats which will run you $149.54.
Steinbrenner had this to say about the prices:
“Look, there’s no doubt small amounts of our tickets might be overpriced.“
Small amounts? Who does he think he’s kidding here? You have to love it when the owner admits to tickets being overpriced. Are they going to do anything about it? Probably not. Steinbrenner continued his statement with this:
“You know, we’re continuing to look into that.“
Look into it as in possibly lowering the prices as the season progresses? Here’s more of his statement:
“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.“
How about that last sentence? And, you know, the public is excited, as excited as we are, I think.
So that gives them the right to hike to prices to the point where the die hard fans cannot go to a game? What about the kids that are dying to see their favorite players in a game?
With the new ticket prices in effect, you have to wonder who it is these owners really built these parks for. Was it for the fans or for corporate stuff-shirts with deep pockets that care more about impressing their clients than actually watching a game?
The Mets have only put two months of tickets on sale, April and May. June through September tickets have yet to be sold. It leaves fans to assume that they are going to monitor the prices situation.
If that is the case, kudos to them for doing it. I cannot think of another reason why they would only put two months of tickets on sale and make the fans wait for the rest.
Either way, fans of both New York teams knew they were going to be shut out of any chance of going to great games this year.
What makes things worse? Those season ticket holders that decide to make it things even harder by selling the tickets to games they are not going to for twice the amount of the face value of the ticket.
You would think fans would want to help out their fellow fans, not work against them. Good job guys! You are no better than the Steinbrenners.
Note to the owners:
You have no team without a fan base. Maybe you should think about that before you keep raising prices that shut us out of the ballpark. Good luck on making money. Let me know how it works out for you!