The $2,500 per game seats, that weren’t selling as the Yanks had hoped, will now cost $1,250 per game.
The $1,000 per game seats will now cost $650 per game.
Fans who already purchased these seats on a season basis at their old value can either get a credit on the difference or a refund.
Rovell says “about 600” seats are affected, so it’s safe to assume that most of the muckety-mucks in the “Legends Suites” won’t be looking at refunds, only those who until now had bare plastic for neighbors. (The official press release seems to confirm this, but I’m not gonna be the one to sit with a seating chart and decode it.) It remains to be seen whether the blizzard of press attention this is sure to get helps the Yanks look less greedy, or merely feeds the fire of the public’s schadenfreude.
Meanwhile, New Stadium Insider, which posted the press release above, also analyzed the available Yankees seats listed on FanSnap.com and came up with this:
Doing math based on the rounded numbers of tickets available according to the site (which does not include all ticket brokers, or Craigs List), an average of 16,900 Yankee tickets are available on the secondary market for each game. In other words, 35% of the per-game inventory sold by the Yankees is now back on the market, presumably with the intent of making a profit.
Whether the buyers will be able to make their money back is as yet unclear; NSI notes that some tickets are selling at above face value, but also that plenty of other people are dumping tickets for next to nothing. Too bad there’s no way to see “Completed Sales” on StubHub.