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March 25, 2009
Yanks introduce class-segregated dining at new stadium
The New York Yankees released their list of dining options at their new stadium a couple of days ago, which will include everything from Cuban sandwiches to sushi, as well as a cooking station run occasionally by former Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The new cuisine isn't for just everyone, though: The New Stadium Insider blog notes a curious clause in the team's fan guide:
The food court located near Section 126 on the Field Level offers guests a taste of New York with a variety of concessions, including Boar's Head deli sandwiches, Famous Famiglia pizza and Asian cuisine. Please note that only Field Level and Legends ticket holders have access to the Field Level.
Field Level seats start at $90; having eaten Famous Famiglia pizza, I'm pretty sure it's not worth the price. More worryingly, NSI notes that the fan guide says that fans (or in Yankee newspeak, "guests") "are welcome to watch batting practice from their seat location," which implies that the long tradition of all fans being able to go down front to seek autographs before the game, and later being shooed away by surly guards, could be at an end.
In related news, it's being widely reported that the Yanks and the city have finally agreed how to split the cash from sales of salvaged materials from the old Yankee Stadium: The team will pay the city $10 million up front, plus 5% of net sales over $16 million, 10% over $17 million, 20% over $18.5 million, 24% over $19.5 million, and 50% over $29 million. (Given the Yanks' propensity for improper deductions, you have to hope somebody will be monitoring that "net.") The Yankees are saying that nothing has been signed, but at least this means that work on those public parks might actually begin sometime this decade.