Look at the picture on the left. There is no excuse for having that many empty seats in a brand new stadium in the middle of a game. I view this picture as a form of demonstration from Yankee fans. This picture doesn’t even show the absurd number of empty seats behind home plate, which is more embarrassing because it is the most common camera angle.
Yes, there were some rain drops during this game, but that does not explain how the seats surrounding this overpriced section are completely filled.
If this picture does not persuade the Yankees to lower their ticket prices, I don’t know what will.
Commissioner Bud Selig commented on the matter, but did not offer any form of advisement.
"They're going to discuss it, and whatever adjustments they want to make, they should make," Selig said. "I wouldn't be presumptuous talking about what they should or shouldn't do."
Selig’s doing the right thing for now, but if nothing changes, he will be forced to make action. An entire section of empty seats in a newly opened stadium is preposterous. It gives the Yankees less of a 10th man advantage, and portrays a terrible image of the Yankees.
When the Yankees visit Fenway, every year their fans seem to give them an advantage that was unmatched at the old Yankee Stadium. Now if the Yanks can’t even fill all of their seats, how do they expect to compete with the Sox?
It is an utter embarrassment to have a lot of empty seats behind home plate. The Yankees are charging up to $2,625 per seat.
Either the Yankees will lower the prices, or eventually Selig must intervene. A new state of the art stadium should be packed every night, and not have empty sections.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson