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Yankees Calling Former Ticket Holders In Attempt To Sell Out Potential ALCS Game 6

Yankee Stadium attendance was over 3,000 short of capacity for Games 1 and 2
The Yankees have "resorted to calling former season-ticket holders in order to sell out a potential" ALCS Game 6, according to Dan Martin of the N.Y. POST. Yankees fan Matt Jones "had season tickets for more than a decade before he gave them up when the tickets at the new Stadium became too expensive, but he purchased a single ticket for Game 1 in the Legends Suites section for $500." Yesterday, he "received calls and emails asking if he was interested in buying more tickets for the remaining home games." Jones said, "They got my information from Ticketmaster. There were a ton of empty seats near me at the game, so I guess that’s why they had to do it. The reason I stopped going as often as I used to was because the prices were too high and I guess other people feel the same now." Martin notes attendance for both Game 1 and 2 was "more than 3,000 short of the 50,291 capacity." The Yankees "aren’t alone in their failure to sell out their playoff games." As of last night, "listed more than 4,000 tickets available" for tonight’s ALCS Game 3 at Comerica Park (N.Y. POST, 10/16). However, in Detroit, Donnelly & Briscoe report Tigers fans "scooped up the last remaining seats" for ALCS Games 3 and 4. With their games "sold out, the Tigers accomplished something the once-fabled Yankees failed to do during the first two games in New York" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/16).

THE HOUSES THAT RUTH DIDN'T BUILD: In N.Y., Daniel Beekman reports plans to "build affordable housing and stores on failed Yankee Stadium parking lots in the Bronx have struck out -- for now." Talks have "stalled and officials are no longer pursuing the partnership." Officials said that Bronx Parking Development's board last year "approved the general parameters of the development scheme and authorized the New York City Economic Development Corporation to negotiate a deal." But EDC spokesperson Kyle Sklerov said that the agency "recently ended negotiations with the two companies for reasons it won't comment on" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/16).
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