|Yankees Inviting Some Ticket Holders
To Give Feedback On New Ballpark
Yankees Managing General Partner & co-Chair Hal Steinbrenner has sent an e-mail "inviting a 'limited number' of season ticket holders to offer opinions about" the new Yankee Stadium at 90-minute meetings to be held at the ballpark and Rockefeller Center's Yankees Preview Center, according to Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Steinbrenner in the e-mail wrote, "We want to know what you like best, and what may have disappointed you. Most importantly, we want the truth." Steinbrenner is "offering incentives to attract people to the meetings, including the opportunity to view batting practice from the field or an autographed baseball signed by a current or former Yankee." It is "not clear what category of fans received this e-mail" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/28
). In N.Y., Ken Belson reported the "weak resale market" has a "growing number of Mets and Yankees season-ticket holders considering whether to drop their seats next year, or to switch to a plan with fewer games or cheaper seats." The ticket holders said that the "risk of getting stuck with expensive tickets that are hard to resell ... is just too high in a weak economy." Mets ticket holder Jesse Goldman: "I get offers all the time for my tickets that are insultingly low. I don't know that being a season-ticket holder is the right route." Yankees ticket holder Michael Bahn said that he "would be lucky to break even" this year in selling his tickets, "thanks largely to the profit he made selling his opening day tickets." Yankees ticket holder Charles Coleman said that he is "getting 40[%] less this year for tickets to weekday games that he resold." Meanwhile, StubHub and other online ticket resellers are "flooded with thousands of tickets for each" Mets and Yankees game, and online ticket search engine Ninja Tickets indicated that Yankees tickets sold by resellers are the "same prices as those sold through the box office." Belson wrote a "wave of season-ticket holders giving up their seats next year would be yet another headache for the Mets and the Yankees" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/27
CROWDED MARKET: In N.Y., Charles Bagli reports "those who study sporting facilities say empty seats may become even more commonplace" in N.Y. as the city "faces a glut of sports arenas." Four existing venues, plus the planned Barclays Center in Brooklyn, "will soon be slugging it out within an area 30 miles wide." Univ. of Michigan sports management professor Mark Rosentraub: "Five arenas is not going to work. I don't think four works, even in a market as large as New York" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/29).