Couldn't spare $2,500 for a ticket to see a Yankees game this season? Don't fret. That same seat will only cost $1,500 in 2010.
The Yankees will soon send out season-ticket brochures for 2010 to season-ticket holders. About 80 percent of ticket prices will remain the same. But the most expensive seats in the stadium will be reduced from what they were at the start of the new Yankee Stadium's inaugural season.
The $2,500 Legends Suites tickets were already reduced to $1,250 in April when the Yankees were faced with an embarrassingly high number of empty seats behind home plate. The folly of charging that much money for a single baseball game in a recession was on display on television during every home game.
In addition to refunds, the Yankees also gave out free tickets to season-ticket holders in the priciest areas to increase capacity and lower any grousing from their most well-heeled fans.
The 2010 ticket prices were first reported by CNBC.com and were confirmed by a Yankees official who wished to remain anonymous.
The Yankees will also reduce the prices of tickets that are now $325, according to the report. Those will be $250 or $235, depending on the seat location.
One group of tickets will go up in price, according to the report: The 1,700 seats around the Delta suite will go from $100 to $125.
The ticket-price report came on the same day all major-league teams released their 2010 schedule. The Yankees will open the season in Boston and will have their home opener April 13 vs. the Los Angeles Angels.
Prices of other seats in the stadium range from $5 for obstructed-view bleachers to $150 for field-level seats purchased on game day. The Yankees went into last night averaging 45,829 in attendance, tops in the major leagues.