Searching for Yankees tickets

March 17, 2009 9:37:10 PM PDT
Go to the Yankees official website and try buying a single-game ticket. You can't unless you go to StubHub and pay a marked-up price. If you're feeling lucky, you could register for the chance to buy a ticket through a Yankee lottery. It never used to be this way. You could get single-game tickets on-line, at the stadium ticket office or at Yankee stores months in advance of opening day. Not this year.

PRODUCER: "Do you sell single game tickets?"
CLERK: "No. They're not on sale yet?"
PRODUCER: "Not on sale yet?"

Just weeks before the home opener at the new Yankee stadium and our undercover producer can't get a single-game ticket.

PRODUCER: "Are there going to be any available?"
CLERK: "Probably. Very slim, very slim.
PRODUCER: "Why?"
CLERK: "Lot of people buying season tickets, buying the packages."

Some Yankee's fans say while their tax-dollars helped to build the new 1.5 billion dollar stadium, they can't get inside.

"You got diehard fans who want tickets, who can't get them, can't afford them," one fan told us.

The Yankees say there will be plenty of affordable tickets available because they've set aside 8-thousand single-game tickets for every game. But here's the catch: Before the general public gets a crack at them, the Yankees have three separate pre-sales.

On March 19th, full and half-season ticket holders will get first dibbs on these coveted seats.

The next day, partial plan ticket holders get their chance at single-game tickets. Then on the 23rd, those selected in that lottery we mentioned earlier can jump in.

Finally, on March 24th, the public can go on-line and buy what's left over or what some fans are calling the scraps.

"It's all about the money. I don't think it's fair to the fans," fan Jovan Keglac said.

Lawmaker Brian Kavanaugh of Manhattan believes the Yankees and all pro sports teams that use taxpayer funding should be required to offer "7 percent of all tickets" at "affordable prices."

"This is the most expensive stadium in the history of the world and its being paid for with tax-free financing that taxpayers are footing the bill for," Kavanaugh said. "They understand that we need the legislature to step in and set the standard so that ordinary people can continue to go to these games."

The bill, which now has more than 50 sponsors, is strongly opposed by Yankees President Randy Levine, who declined an on-camera interview. He argues free enterprise: if the Yankees charged too much, fans simply would not come. He said tickets are available at all prices, including $14 dollar bleacher seats. The Yankees, he claims, also give away tens of thousands of tickets each year to community groups. Still, fans are frustrated.

"Too expensive. Who could afford it?" a hot dog vendor said.

A sign perhaps that the wealthiest sports franchise in history is alienating some of their most loyal fans:

"You got a little kid who loves baseball, He's not going to understand when his father says, 'I can't go,'" Keglac said.

You can learn more about the Yankees single game ticket policy on their website at www.yankees.com.


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