Baseball Is a Business Redux: Up Go the Prices

How do you pay for Kei Igawa? Bump up those ticket prices! The Yanks have announced their pricing ladders for 2007, and the numbers are fairly staggering, and—this is scarry—just a small taste of what we can expect when The House that Derek Built opens in 2009. Adopting an NBA strategy, the Yanks have massively jacked up prices on seats directly adjacent to the field, which go from $115 to as much as $380 in advance, $400 on game day. The Yanks argue that these seats are being brokered at those prices anyway, so they’re just cutting out the middleman. Mid-range seats also go way up, though 24,000 seats will retain last year’s pricing: those in the $10/$12 and $17$19 bleacher and tier reserved sections. Habitués of the stadium know these cheapies are actually pretty good seats. In the new stadium, their number will be greatly reduced, as will be their proximity to the field. So the seats for us plebes are about to get worse, and their relative scarcity will likely make them more pricey. Full price schedule after the jump.

Field Championship
Box 1-68 (Rows A-D)
$150.00 $160.00 $300.00 $400.00
Box 1-68 (Rows E-G)
$135.00 $145.00 $280.00 $380.00
Box 1-68 (Rows H-K)
$125.00 $135.00 $260.00 $360.00
Box 69-80 (Rows A-D)
$135.00 $145.00 $280.00 $380.00
Box 69-80 (Rows E-G)
$125.00 $135.00 $260.00 $360.00
Box 69-80 (Rows H-K)
$115.00 $125.00 $240.00 $340.00

Main Championship
$85.00 $95.00 $180.00 $280.00
Loge Championship
$120.00 $130.00 $250.00 $350.00
Field Box
$63.00 $68.00 $73.00 $78.00
Main Box MVP
$73.00 $78.00 $83.00 $88.00
Loge Box MVP
$63.00 $68.00 $73.00 $78.00
Main Box
$48.00 $53.00 $58.00 $63.00
Loge Box
$45.00 $50.00 $55.00 $60.00
Tier Box MVP
$50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $65.00
Tier Box
$35.00 $37.00 $40.00 $42.00

Main Reserved MVP
$56.00 $61.00 $66.00 $71.00
Main Reserved
$40.00 $45.00 $50.00 $55.00
Tier Reserved
$17.00 $18.00 $19.00 $20.00

$10.00 $10.00 $12.00 $12.00

Courtesy Jim Baumbach.

4 comments… add one
  • In other words, when (the general )you claim that it’s ok with you if management overpays on a free agent because “it’s not my money”, it actually is a bit of your money.

    Nick-YF December 2, 2006, 10:13 am
  • Welcome to Boston.

    Brad December 2, 2006, 11:35 am
  • The consolation for knowing I’ll never sit there again is that they’re some of the worst club seats in baseball.

    john December 2, 2006, 12:35 pm
  • Brad,
    This might go better in the “sniff sniff” thread, but you might not look at that and I haven’t managed to get your attention yet for our bet.
    Obviously I won the Wakefield / Wang part of the bet (Brad: “Wang over Wakefield [in 2006]. Funny how you are the only person on earth who would do that.”). But since the Giambi / Manny part is less clear cut and you haven’t responded (maybe you haven’t seen my questions to you), I finally found the original post.
    Giambi drove in more runs and had more home runs, which is what Papi says guys like him are paid for. Manny had a much better average and a better OPS (Giambi had 10% more walks but didn’t deal well with the shift). So it wasn’t crazy to say Giambi might do as well as Manny in 2006, even if we ultimately judge that he didn’t.
    You said,
    I’ll give Giambi a 10RBI lead.
    (therefore G  123   M  102   G   +21)
    I’ll give Giamni a ten point buffer in BA
    (G  .263   M  .32    M  +.058)
    I’ll give Giambi a ten point swing in SLG
    (G  .568   M  .619    M  +.051)
    I’ll give Giambi a ten run lead in RS
    (G  102   M  79    G  +23)
    So does Giambi win because he had 44 more runs batted in and scored with your stats, or is it a wash because Manny had a much better average and better slugging (and tuned out and alienated some of his teammates). And does that make the whole bet a wash since I won on Wakefield, or did I win the whole bet?
    As I said earlier, I thought a good possibility before the season was that the double or nothing bet would cancel out the first bet about Cash and Theo, so I’ve never cashed your check.

    john December 2, 2006, 1:28 pm

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