Monday, March 22, 2010

Rant #216: Baseball Tickets Strike Out

If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you know that I am a huge Yankees fan. I have been with them through thick and thin, and this past season was one of the most memorable I can remember, as they won the World Series for the first time since 2000.

The new Yankee Stadium, while a beautiful park, is really just a facsimile of the original park. It has all the bells and whistles, but it just doesn't measure up to the old Stadium. And since it is nearly a twin to the grand old park, why did they tear the other one down, anyway?

To cut to the chase, my family and I went to one game last year, and we could barely afford that one. Not only are ticket prices ridiculous, but travel, parking and food can add up to a very, very expensive day ... and it did for us.

We sat in the nosebleed seats because, for starters, I couldn't afford anything else, and second, even if I could, the seats were pretty much bought up already.

After a championship season, I would expect tickets would be hard to come by, but I had no idea that they would be as hard to come by as I experienced them to be on Friday.

Finally, after a long wait, the Yankees put single-game tickets on sale this past Friday. I diligently waited for the day, and when it came, I--and probably thousands of other people--pounced on the team's Web site, hoping to grab something before it was all gone.

Well, I waited an hour, and still, I had nothing.

Again, I was going for the cheaper seats, because that is still all I can afford. I simply can't afford $100-plus a seat for a family of four, nor could I justify it even if I could.

Well, folks, those seats, at least through the Yankees, are gone. They were taken early by either season ticket holders or other lucky people, so I was shut out totally.

I was so desperate that I went to a "secondary site"--a legal scalper--and I got four tickets there ... or at least I think I did.

I actually wanted five tickets, for my family and my son's friend, whose mom has taken my son to Broadway shows and things like that. I really wanted to take this kid to a game. He is really nice, and my son loves him like a brother.

Anyway, I ordered five tickets for a particular game, and when the total came back to me, I saw that only two tickets were purchased, even though I ordered five.

I contacted the ticket broker, and finally, after a long wait, I hooked up with an operator. The operator told me that they only sell tickets in even numbers; in other words, I could not purchase five, I had to either purchase four or six. I begrudgingly said four, and he said he would change my order.

However, my email confirmation came back as two tickets.

So, after hours of trying, I may have only two tickets for a Yankees game.

Just in comparison, my family and I vacation in Orlando where we have a time share. This year, like last, we will be going to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game--against the Yankees. When their tickets went on sale about a month ago, it took me about two minutes to choose my tickets and proceed to checkout. No hassle, no bother, no nothing.

And I paid less for those seats than the seats at Yankee Stadium, and we are sitting in the middle section, not the nosebleed section.

There has to be a better way to purchase tickets. I have to chide the Yankees for making it so expensive, as well as so impossible, for an average guy to take his family out to a baseball game.

It really stinks.


  1. Hi Larry:

    Sorry to hear that - I have a Saturday plan and could sell you 5 tickets at face value (like the Indians on 5/29 when I'll be out of town). These are in grandstand 409 low row. Not the best seats but they are cheap. Let me know if you want them.


  2. Thanks for the offer. Read part two of this fiasco.



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