All-Star Game: The Price Ain’t RightPosted: May 1, 2008
The last time the All-Star game was held at Yankee Stadium in 1977, tickets were priced $10-15 for box and reserved seats. That’s a far cry from the $150-725 price range for the July 15 midsummer classic, and roughly two-three times the cost of tickets for last year’s game at San Francisco.
With gas prices skyrocketing, this is just what the average fan needs. Of course, many if not most of those tickets will go to corporate buyers. A lottery is being held by major league baseball for tickets for the All-Star game and Home Run Derby. Winning means that fans get to pay exorbitant prices to see exhibition baseball.
Prices are likely to be decreased for the 2009 All-Star game to be held in St, Louis. “They will be adjusted for St. Louis. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — instant memorabilia, instant memories,” said Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer. “The regular-season ticket prices in New York are substantially higher than they are in St. Louis.”
It’s great to be a New Yorker. As I pointed out in an earlier blog, it’s become nearly impossible to buy tickets for regular-season games at Yankee Stadium. Now many fans will be priced out of the All-Star game.
“The last season, it’s only fitting that it’s here,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “I hope I’m in it.”
If he doesn’t play, at least Jeter can afford a ticket. The same can’t be said for the average fan.
PS — Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News takes the Crazy Eddie view of Yankee tickets, and says the prices are insance.