We've suggested repeatedly on this site and elsewhere that the "cash cow" that is the New Yankee Stadium might not be as fruitful as some are advertising, given economic circumstances. Evidence has largely been circumstantial, but concrete details are starting to flow in. The team is not getting the prices it wanted for premium seats, 25 percent of which remain unsold, along with 7 luxury suites. As the NYT reports today, the team has now allied itself with the real estate firm Prudential Douglas Elliman to help move its high end packages. It says a lot that a ticket to a ballgame is now considered a real estate purchase.
Meanwhile, photos of the new park are starting to filter out. The new scoreboard on the rightfield wall is a nice touch, though you can see how the bleachers have been separated from the field by a section of box seats, which says a lot about how much the team cares for its most diehard fans. The clubhouse is big, but the blue light, toy balustrade, and logo'ed carpet are tacky kitsch more appropriate to a theme restaurant. But maybe that's the point. At least the new jersey patch is nice, and a helluva lot better than what you'll find on the boys over in Queens. As Pete Abe writes, "You have to love the Mets, the only team that would design a patch for their new stadium that doesn't mention the stadium or show any images of it." Bingo. And what's with the type in two directions?