The New York Yankees weren’t even home this weekend, but still no one can stop talking about their new stadium, and all the people who aren’t buying tickets there:
- New York Times columnist Harvey Araton favorably compares the Boston Red Sox‘ renovation of Fenway Park to the Yanks’ new “monument to excess”: “It is always a mob scene at ancient Fenway, just as it usually was in recent years at old Yankee Stadium. So why was there such a dire need for a new one that required the mutilation of centralized parkland and the eventual demolition of a landmark? Oh, right, it was all for the fans, as the Steinbrenners have made a habit of assuring us.”
- A recent California transplant writes on Athletics Nation that the new stadium is “cold and uninviting and simply lacking any charm. The real Yankee fans are largely banished to the top edges of the place, and if there was little chance that a kid growing up in the same Bronx neighborhood that houses the stadium would ever be able to afford a ticket inside the old place, well, there is zero chance of that happening in the new one.”
- Rick Malwitz makes a similar observation on MyCentralJersey: “People who actually live within walking distance apparently don’t go to the games. I hate to make judgments on entire villages, but in the housing surrounding Yankee Stadium, I suspect there are not many families of four who can afford the average ticket price of $73, not to mention a round of $10.20 Rocket Doubles. … So here’s my idea about how to fill those seats that investment bankers and hedge fund operators can no longer afford: If there are empty seats up front, let kids in the neighborhood fill them, and give them two pears for free.”
- San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler has more suggestions for filling those empty field-level seats, including tarps and weasel masks.