Feb
21

The End is sold out

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The Yankee Stadium regular season swan song is sold out. Color me unsurprised:

The last regular season game at Yankee Stadium is sold out. Fans scooped up a few thousand tickets online in just 11 minutes Wednesday.

Scalpers quickly started hawking tickets for the historic Sept. 21 game against the Baltimore Orioles, with top seats going for a head-spinning $17,000 a pop. Even the cheapest bleachers seats at the House that Ruth Built were going for $165 online.

A Yankees spokesman said there just weren’t enough tickets for all the fans who want to see the last regular season game at the storied ballpark, which opened in 1923. “This day won’t happen ever again,” said Jason Zillo. “It’s going to be a celebration.”

It’s going to be a celebration that no one can attend because a bunch of suits spending a few thousand dollars on tickets are going to be there. According to the Yanks, over 75 percent of the available seats went to Season Ticket holders. Now’s the time to make friends with the Yankee season ticket holder in your life.

Meanwhile, how much would you pay to see the final game in the Stadium? If Tier Reserve seats are going for $200-$300, I think it’s well worth it to get to see that last game in person. Fans routinely pay that much for World Series tickets; why not something more unique than the World Series?

Yankee Stadium only gets torn down and closed once, and on Sept. 21, the Yanks will close out their regular season history on the south side of 161st St. The real game, though, is landing a ticket for that Sunday afternoon affair.

Categories : Yankee Stadium

20 Comments»

  1. YankCrank20 says:

    imagine a scenario where we’ve already clinched the divison, girardi decides to rest some of his young guns and key starters and the final pitcher to start a game at the stadium is a recently rehabbed and surprisingly healthy carl pavano

  2. iYankees says:

    My dad is a season ticket holder, so hopefully I’ll be able to go with him and check out the last game.

  3. Joseph P. says:

    “It’s going to be a celebration that no one can attend because a bunch of suits spending a few thousand dollars on tickets are going to be there.”

    Not to mention the ticket brokers that buy as many as they can for resale.

  4. Jon says:

    “It’s going to be a celebration that no one can attend because a bunch of suits spending a few thousand dollars on tickets are going to be there.”

    In Soviet Russia, we have no baseball!

    “Fans routinely pay that much for World Series tickets; why not something more unique than the World Series?”

    Because the chances of the game having any bearing on the season’s outcome are relatively small.

  5. Adam says:

    but, if they make the playoffs, it won’t be the last game in the stadium. is the last “regular season” game all that important? after the yanks with the world series, all the people that bought tickets to the last regular season game can tell their grandkids that they saw the 10th-to-last game in yankee stadium. awesome.

  6. samiamsports says:

    Adam stole my thunder but let me reiterate. If they make the playoffs its a big waste of money it just becomes another reg season game.

  7. Ben K. says:

    If you don’t want to acknowledge the history of seeing the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium, so be it. There are way more than 56,000 fans who will. And really, that’s what it’s all about: baseball history.

    • Mike R. says:

      To draw a paralel, Barry Bonds’ HR #71 is historic because it broke the record, but #73 is the moneyball because it is essentially the record setter. The last regular season game is historic, but the final game period is the one most people would want to catch.

    • Jon says:

      I’d disagree. I can certainly respect the history, and I’ve had lots of amazing moments at the stadium to be sure.

      But I’ll take a playoff or World Series game with the season on the line and electricity and tension in the crowd any day.

  8. Haggs says:

    Someone with time on their hands, like me for example, would take this opportunity to present a scenario in which a home game late in the season gets rained out, and the makeup date becomes Sept. 22nd.

    And everyone who planned ahead ending up spending lots of money on the second to last home game ever. I think brokers and scalpers refer to this scenario as “Christmas”.

  9. Spike says:

    I thought they were holding a lottery on 2/25 for the right to purchase tickets to select games this year, including the last one. Am I mistaken?

    • Jen says:

      The last game was to be part of the lottery, if any tickets were left.

      From the fine print (in bold text) on the lottery application page:

      The registrant acknowledges that except and to the extent that the Yankees cannot by law exempt itself from responsibility or liability, the Yankees have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee described herein; including, but not limited to, the availability of any Premium Game Tickets for purchase.

  10. pete c. says:

    I can’t believe their tearing the place down. Even Boston got it right and kept fenway vertical. I read somewhere the reason the Yanks are doing this is because of a clause with MLB that says if a team builds a new stadium with their own dime they are excempt from paying a luxury tax. If this is true then there is a extra ring in hell just for Bud Selig.

  11. Yankee Fan in Chicago says:

    The last game at Yankee Stadium will be game 2 of the World Series if the AL wins the all-star game, game 4 otherwise. That’s the game you want to be at.

  12. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I’m a Saturday ticket holder and I got 2 decent seats to the last day. It’s not all suits that got it. It was a fair shot.

  13. d pep says:

    yes it is true that any money spent on stadium building and renovations is exempt from luxury tax.

    “In addition to the public subsidies and billions of dollars of increased revenue, the Yankees will benefit from a change to Major League Baseball’s 2002 collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which allows teams to deduct new-stadium building costs from the revenue-sharing payments they make. For the Yankees, whose $200 million player payroll makes them the largest contributor to the revenue-sharing pool, this means 40 percent of their share of the price tag may be borne by the remaining 29 baseball teams. All told, the Yankees and the taxpayers can each expect to pay about $450 million, with the remaining costs to be shared among the other baseball teams.”

  14. MY heart breaks, MY father designed that stack when I was a young child his name is John “Jack” Carty, At the age of 78 in 2008 he is still a talentent working man who has recent finish a minor repair of said foundation stack after 30 yrs. A proud man brought home to his 4 children and 1 grandson 5 small wooden Louiville Sluggers bats on that day of completion.
    I emplore you whom ever it will be that is to decide, remember the men and women who love New York and the ones who had given s life time of pride to their childrens children. I cant count the times I have past the bat with my daughter and said with pride that is our family legacy. Please Dont take it away from are future or New Yorks Future.

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