New York Yankees raise price of bleacher seats
NEW YORK—The Yankees are raising the price of bleacher seats for next season in an effort to cut down on resales by ticket brokers.
New York said Tuesday the price of bleacher seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5.
"The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and were bought up by ticket brokers," chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. "The folks that really wanted it for affordability couldn't get it."
The team is keeping 70 percent of ticket prices unchanged, including all field-level seats between the bases. The prices of field-level seats in fair territory in the outfield, which sometimes had unsold areas last season, are being reduced, from $100 to as low as $65.
Some Field Level MVP seats, starting with the outside edge of the dugouts, will be reduced by $35-$50.
The Yankees averaged 45,107 fans this season, down from a major league-best 46,491 last year and 45,918 in 2009, when the stadium opened.