Yanks set final unbreakable record

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With the announced attendance of 54,610 last night, the Yanks drew 4,298,543 fans last night. This lofty total is a new record for the Yanks, and as Tyler Kepner notes, it is one the team cannot break in the new stadium. Capacity for the new Yankee Stadium will be 52,325 according to the Yankees, and a sold-out slate of 81 games would find 4,238,325 fans at the stadium. While the Yanks will probably reach that goal next year, they won’t reach the 2008 record unless they expand the seating at the new stadium. It certainly makes me wonder why the team has built a smaller stadium.

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  • Batty

    It certainly makes me wonder why the team has built a smaller stadium.

    To drive up the prices of the ones that are left.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I love it when my rhetorical flourishes are answered literally :)

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Homer: “Do I know what a rhetorical QUESTION IS?!?”

  • Adam

    It certainly makes me wonder why the team has built a smaller stadium.

    because everything about this new stadium reeks of catering to the rich and ignoring the fan base that enabled the yankees to build a new stadium in the first place.

    • Adam

      and not answered literally, just pointing out an aggravating answer to a rhetorical question.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Oh I know. This is exactly why they wanted this stadium. And what Batty said was correct too. I was just being semi-obnoxious.

        At least it’s not like Shea/CitiField where the Mets cut 13,000 seats.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          13,000 seats? Holy crap moly.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

            Hard to believe but true. I guess it’s closer to 12K, but still.

  • Marsha

    Smaller or larger–we didn’t need a new stadium.

    • http://barackobama.com TurnTwo

      yes. yes they did.

      • DonnieBaseballHallOfFameDotCom

        I agree. A new stadium was needed. I would have preferred to play at Shea for a couple of years while they rebuilt on the same site as the current stadium, but I know $ wise that could not happen with a team of this payroll.

        No team is going to turn away a chance to sell 4.3 million tickets. That is a super insane number of fans, and dollars.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    For all complaints leveled at the Yankees for being a heartless, joyless, greedy, money-driven corporate rent-seeking machine, this fact seems to fly in the face of that. The main reason there are less seats in the new stadium is because fans are going to be closer to the action and sightlines will be improved. The Yankees could have easily built a mega-stadium with 65,000 seats crammed into every nook and cranny, but chose instead to build a stadium that fans would enjoy more.

    (The obstructed views in the centerfield bleachers notwithstanding.)

    • Ed

      In the end, there’s more legroom, wider walkways, more bathrooms/concession stands/etc, whatever else you can think of is improved. The side effect of this is everything takes up a lot more space. Look at an arial photo. The new stadium dwarfs the old one in size. I think if they built it to hold 65,000 fans the stadium would’ve taken over half the Bronx.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        I’d definitely sacrifice 6,000 seats for wider walkways. If it means we all get out faster after the playoff games, that is. ;)

        • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

          Oh, and don’t forget more room for our increasingly large American asses.

      • Batty

        Sitelines – yeah, except for the bleachers where you can’t see the other half of the field in a lot of places. Ugh.

        • Steve

          Become an architect and go design a better stadium.

          In the meantime, nobody wants to hear you whine.

          • Mike P

            Sorry, that’s a ridiculous statement. Why don’t you become a GM, comissioner or anything else for that matter? If you don’t, why bother express an opinion? It must be worthless and ridiculed.

    • Steve

      The upper deck will be less steep as well. I’ve seen guys (half drunk, of course) fall two rows down just trying to stand up at their seats. Carrying two beers, of course, which go all over everyone sitting there minding their business.
      Its pretty ridiculous.

  • http://www.samiamsports.blogspot.com SAMIAMSPORTS

    I know im not saying anything new but I still dont know why tha yanks didnt just Give the current stadium an extreme make over and spend half the money they did. the mere thought of them moving makes me cringe every time i think about it.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I’ve been reading articles all morning… did you know that during the 74-75 renovations, the city engineers lowered the field 7 feet and moved it slightly east?

      So when Paul O’Neill says that he’s “working where Babe Ruth worked”… it’s not exactly true, you know.

      It’s not the same field.

      • http://www.samiamsports.blogspot.com SAMIAMSPORTS

        I know , they said that the original home plate was where the interlocking NY is.

        the only true spot is CF

        • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

          Without the monuments for Damon to trip over? FEH!

          • http://www.samiamsports.blogspot.com SAMIAMSPORTS

            Ill refrase that. The center field now is where shallow CF was back then.in essence its the same area

      • Steve

        Does grass live for 60 years? I don’t think so.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I got it! They built a smaller stadium with fewer seats so that they could bring in less revenue. Less revenue = less money paid to revenue sharing. It’s their master plan to dethrone the Rays.

    I like it.

  • THU

    Where could they add seats? I thought above the scoreboard would be awesome to have a row of seats, kind of like the green monster. I’d sit there….

  • steve (different one)

    wait, isn’t the current stadium a reduction of like 20,000 seats from the “original” yankee stadium?

    we just spent a month eulogizing a stadium that did this very same thing on a much, much larger scale only 32 years ago.

    • Ed

      At the time, they thought 2 million fans in a season would be an unbelievable total, so if anything, building the stadium to hold 4.3 million fans was severe overkill.

      Building a stadium that maxes out a 4.2 million fans when you’re currently drawing 4.3 million seems a little silly.

      • steve (different one)

        Building a stadium that maxes out a 4.2 million fans when you’re currently drawing 4.3 million seems a little silly.

        it’s also a bit silly to assume that the Yankees will draw 4.3M fans every year going forward when they never exceeded 4.2M fans before 2007, after it was known that the stadium was closing it’s doors after 2008.

        • Ed

          There’s some truth to that, but, also keep in mind that attendance has been going up every year since the early 90’s, so you can’t say the only reason attendance has been so high is because of the stadium closing.

          The new stadium is also going to have more mass transit options, making the stadium easier to get to and potentially leading to higher demand for tickets.

          • steve (different one)

            good point on the transit.

            while i still don’t think fewer seats will be a huge deal during most regular season games, i agree that the smaller capacity will really drive prices during the playoff games when demand skyrockets.

    • monkeypants

      They cut more like 10,000 seats, from around 65,000 to 56,000, and they did so at a time when they drawing only around one million fans per season (or about 15000/game). But to cut the size of the stadium by a further 4000 seats at time when attendance hasn’t below two million since 1995, in a stadium that is 60% larger–that is a far more grievous decision to drive up prices.

  • David Brown

    It is 100% true that the Mets are having a seating capicity of only 43,000 people. It is also true that they spent HALF of what the Yankees spent on the new stadium 800 MILLION VS 1.6 BILLION Source: http://www.thesportingnews.com. This shows just how out of touch with reality and CHEAP the Mets are. They essentially became the White Sox to the Yankees Cubs.
    I have no doubt the Yankees will make a fortune on the new stadium, and the key to all of it is none other than Alex Rodriguez, and how he is marked to fans.
    No matter what anyone thinks about Alex Rodriguez (And I can’t stand him, and I am in full agreement with Met fans about preferring David Wright), he will bring tons of people to the Stadium, as he approaches the home run RECORDS (The Real one Aaron’s 755 and the Steroid aided Bonds record of 762). Which essentially means that if you assume Rodriguez will average around 40 home runs per season, the new park should be sold out for the next FIVE SEASONS (I project him to make a run on the record sometime in 2014). If he accomplishes that, he might even take a run at Sadaharu Oh’s all-time record of 868. All of which means full houses at Yankee Stadium, for years to come. This does not include the the idea of a new ballpark and approach of 3,000 hits by Derek Jeter and the always Joba Chamberlain. BOTH of them should help with merchandising. Finally, I am not naive enough to think that the Yankees will have a monopoly on the best players (Many guys do not want to play in the pressure packed environment of New York), but I expect that the Yankees will be like USC Football or UNC Basketball, and simply dominate. I feel so bad for the Mets…………….. Yea Right.

    • JRVJ

      Good point that new Yankee Stadium’s attendance will be aided by A-Rod’s HR crown quest.

      While last night was poignant, I can’t help but think that every other MLB team should be at the insane financial juggernaut which is about to be unleashed (it’s not like the Yankees were poor before, but their financial wherewithal will be spooky).

  • eVizions

    the new stadium needed to be built because the current one is actually extremely inefficient in producing revenue (hard to believe). The new ballpark is expected to bring in up to an additional $300M per year.

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