As demand for Yankees tickets (especially the cheap ones) continues to rise, many of the long-time Bleacher Creatures were forced to upgrade their season ticket plans to include all 81 games - something they couldn't necessarily afford. This led to many of the "creatures" being forced to sell their Yankees tickets on the secondary market, and led to Yankee Stadium personality Bald Vinny Milano coining the term "Stubhub Saturday' at Yankee Stadium.
When we first saw Bald Vinny use the term "Stubhub Saturday" on Twitter, we were curious. What exactly was going on in the bleachers that would lead the head bleacher creature to lash out against the out-of-towners who help his popular t-shirt business thrive? Being the enterprising Stadium Insiders that we are, we went directly to the source. Here's what Vinny had to say by email:
"In the old stadium, section 39 [the bleachers] was almost [completely] sold as season tickets. however, all of the seats were split into packages (full season, half season, fridays only, saturday only and sunday only). since pretty much every seat was sold under some package, it was easy to get to know the people around you (even if it was just on a sunday).
In the new place, most of the partial plan folks were "forced" (for lack of a better word) to upgrade to a full season, or risk losing[their] seat. Thus, guys who came to 30 or so games a year, now had 81 tickets to deal with - and that is where the secondary market comes in. As a group, we try to take care of our own as much as possible. not everyone who is a creature has a plan, and there are always people looking for tickets. But there are lots of people in the section who own tickets and have no intention of going to games." I always joke that Yankees tickets in the bleachers are the new stock market because you can make a killing in resale. It's a great investment. It's frowned upon in our group, but it happens (and there really isnt anything we can do to stop it).
I'm the only one who is there EVERY day (lots of my crew make 60-ish games a year, but i've only missed 7 games since 2004) and it really sucks when you don't know anyone around you. On a saturday, when we are about to kick off roll call, the front 5 or 6 rows will still be sitting down. So now i start on saturdays and sundays with 'Ok all you stub-hubbers. time to get out of your seat for a little crowd participation exercise!'
This past weekend, i was literally sitting in my row alone (the people in my row are pretty good with not using stub hub or ebay) and it really sucks. For people who go to games alone (like me) you sometimes feel like you have no friends! Though, the beauty of the bleachers is that it's just a bench, so that encourages movement - it's easy to squeeze into a row with friends. But like i said about the old days, you *always* were surrounded by friends
So if you're from out of town, and you have Yankees tickets for a Saturday game in the bleachers, why not join in with Bald Vinny? He just wants some friends! Don't be known as a Saturday "Stub-Hubber," make the Bleacher Creatures proud!
In a bit of a departure from last season, we haven't had to write many of these posts! Unfortunately, rain and thunderstorms are popping up to the west of New York City, threatening to put a damper on tonight's game against the Orioles. As always, Steve from NYNJPAWeather.com is on hand to help us navigate the atmospheric conditions:
TONIGHT at 7:05 PM: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible around the start of the game, but will quickly weaken after 7 PM. Scattered clouds with winds from the west around 5 to 10 mph, which will blow out to center field. Temperatures will range from 72 to 64 degrees. No impacts on the game is expected.Game Delay Potential: LOW: Showers and thunderstorms may delay the start of the game up until 8 PM.
Game Postponement: None: No impact is expected from the weather.
Steve is currently providing live updates on his website and his feeling is that these storms will collapse and there will be baseball in the Bronx. He won't completely rule out a delay, but tonight definitely won't be a washout.
We'll be sure to provide updates if there are any changes to Steve's forecast.
You can find radar below. Click the link for the most up to date image
If you're a regular reader around these parts then you are probably aware that last night the Yankees set a thrilling record: Lowest attendance so far at Yankee Stadium III. While it's a new low, games with an attendance of about 40k were never out of the ordinary at this time of year in Yankee Stadium II. It just goes to show that people aren't super excited about a new stadium like they were last year.
Last night was the first game in the 11 game midweek plan and I am sure that helped bring some people out. I sit in 417 for this particular plan and saw a lot of familiar faces from last year in the upper rows of the section where they stick small partial planners. Lower down the crowd was thinner, which is fine with me because it means less heads blocking my view.
Here is the view of the game from my seat in 417, Row 12. While these aren't as good as my seats for this plan in the old stadium (Tier 3, Row R) I do like them a lot.
As a bonus you can see how thin the crowd at the game. Most of the sections in the infield/foul territory were about two-thirds full and as you moved to the outfield it got noticibly emptier (except, of course, the Bleachers).
Like I mentioned in my post about the E-Savers yesterday, the Yankees have trouble moving the expensive Batter's Eye tickets for medium and low demand games. Even after dropping the direct sale prices to $50, they didn't fill up:
There weren't many kids or college students around, I believe due to the double whammy of it being a school night with muggy weather and close to finals. The usual small but annoying crowd of rowdy drunk folks was also noticeably absent. I am a cranky old lady and this was fine with me to be quite honest.
A small crowd looks bad on TV and sounds dead, but it was actually pretty lively in the stadium where I was sitting. There's only so much noise you can really generate from the Grandstand but people were very into the game, and when Randy Winn hit a three run homerun (that was a total bomb) into the Yankees bullpen that bounced up into the bleachers everyone in my half-full row stood up and screamed "WHAT THE HELL?" (this is an edited version of what was actually yelled, you can use your imagination to figure out the actual phrase).
When Winn came up to bat later he received a very loud applause, that was probably half-sarcastic but well-deserved.
I had an excellent time with my fellow plan holders up in the breezy reaches of the Grandstand. Big crowds for big games are an experience, but small crowds when everyone is on the same page about bizarre happenings (I mean seriously, a Randy Winn home run???) are fun too.
With tonight's announced attendance of 41,571, the Yankees have set a new record low attendance at Yankee Stadium. The previous low was on 4/21/09 when the Yankees drew only 42,065 on a drizzly and cold night for a game against the A's. You can track this year and last year's attendance with the NYY Stadium Insider Yankee Stadium Attendance Trackers.
As we noted on Twitter last night, people were practically giving away tickets for tonight's game. A co-worker scored tickets in the Grandstand for $4 for tomorrow night's game, so expect more of the same. Guess there aren't many Orioles fans traveling up I-95 to see their team play in the big ballpark in the Bronx.
The Yankees have announced their first E-savers of the year, and they are for this week's Baltimore series. In case you're unfamiliar, E-savers are (usually) sponsored discounts on tickets in certain areas of the stadium. Last year, they were limited to the Batters Eye and Audi Club seating but it seems like they've expanded that now to certain areas of the Main level and the outfield Field level as well as the Mohegan Sun seating.
Here's the pricing:
|Section||Regular Price||eSaver Price|
|Audi Yankees Club||$140||$100|
|Mohegan Sun Sports Bar||$90||$50|
To get the discount, go to the Ticketmaster page for the game in question (here are handy links for May 3rd, May 4th and May 5th) and select the amount of tickets you're looking for in the Promotions and Special Offers area. You'll need a password, which is newerabowl.
If you're curious about the Batter's Eye seats, this is about a good a deal as you're going to get for them. The Yankees discount them so often you have to wonder if they'll ever just drop the price from $125 to something more reasonable.
In the past couple of months, we have created some fairly extensive standing room only ticket guides for Yankee Stadium, both here on NYYSI and for our other gig over at FanSnap.com. Unfortunately, this post is going to contradict some of our previous advice, especially regarding the value of the "cafe seats" at our favorite standing room only spot - section 120AS.
We were at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, standing behind the aforementioned section 120AS, and we noticed that these "cafe seats" behind the wheelchair section were empty. Curious about the regularity of this occurrence, we asked the security guard on duty. Interestingly, she told us someone was ticketed in those seats, but upon arrival complained about the view and had since been moved elsewhere. Apparently, this was the type of person who threatened letters to the front office, so the security guard quickly diffused the situation by finding them a seat with a better view - a rare show of good customer service at Yankee Stadium.
Intrigued by the situation, we quickly sat down in the seat in question to shoot some video and take some photos. On this day, the wheelchair accessible section directly in front of section 120AS was completely full and the the view definitely suffered because of it:
The view while sitting down in section 120AS, Row 28s, seat 2 at Yankee Stadium
As seen above, sitting down in this highly uncomfortable metal chair resulted in an unmanageable view of the game. Of course, this could easily be rectified by standing up (thus putting the "standing" back in standing room only tickets), but people pay $75 for these tickets with the idea that there will be seats.
The view while standing behind section 120AS, Row 28s, seat 2 at Yankee Stadium
Luckily, this is not the case with all of the "cafe seating" on the field level. Other sections feature barstool-style seating which is high enough to see over any wheelchair section obstructions:
Barstool-style "cafe seating" at Yankee Stadium
The bottom line is, your mileage may vary regarding the standing room ticket experience throughout Yankee Stadium. In our previous posts, we have may have overstated the value of the $75 "cafe seats," especially in section 120AS. During games with an empty wheelchair section, or if you don't mind standing, the value will be there, but it isn't as much of a no-brainer as we have made it out to be in the past. Hopefully our posts haven't led to any regrettable ticket-purchasing decisions. Before buying any standing room only tickets at Yankee Stadium, be prepared for the ocasional obstruction, and remember that you only bought standing room tickets because all of the seats were sold out and you really wanted to be there.
UPDATE (5/1/10): Our buddy Chris (also known as "Smoov") pointed out on our YouTube video that the rendering of Yankee Stadium is wildly inaccurate. Most notably, they have Gate 6 labeled as Gate 4. Oops, we totally didn't notice that! Oh well, at least its on the map!
File this one in the "kind of creepy" category. Just a few days ago, we tweeted (and even posted a Facebook update) about our strange obsession with checking Google Maps satellite view to see if the new Yankee Stadium had been placed on the map. Perhaps its a bit of nostalgia peeking through, not wanting the fields we played high school sports on to disappear from Google forever.
Color us prescient. Just a couple of days after our inquiries, we received word from the folks over at Bronx Bombers Beat that the day has finally arrived - the new Yankee Stadium has finally made its debut on Google Maps. Interestingly, when checking out the satellite view, its still the same static image from 2004 before ground was broken on the former site of Macombs Dam Park:
However, Google recently introduced their brand new 3-D "earth" view to Google Maps and the game has forever been changed. From now on, when you're pointlessly messing around with maps of the South Bronx, you'll have the following to play with:
In our virtual travels, we made some discoveries. First of all, the 3-D buildings are renderings and don't have the life of the now dated satellite view. One of the fun parts about Google's satellite views and even street view is trying to think back to the moment in time when that photo was taken.
That being said, the 3-D feature does open up a world of new possibilities. One example being the strange mash-up that exists when old satellite data from a construction site is combined with the 3-D rendering of the new structure that lives there. We set some of this hilarity to music in the short YouTube video below:
As you can see, while wasting time on a lazy Thursday evening, we noticed that "entering" through
Gate 4 Gate 6 left us on the soccer fields and running track that many New York high schoolers played on. Yankee Stadium's "Great Hall" was nowhere to be found, but we had embarked on a nostalgic walk down memory lane under the site of "The House That George Built." Taking a quick left, we saw the satellite photo remnants of cars parked in the grassy lots across from the old stadium - the site of many tailgates.
We set the video to B.O.B's Airplanes featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, from his new album "The Adventures Of Bobby Ray." Not sure why, but it somehow captured the eerie experience of being placed back on the rundown soccer fields that called that space of the earth home before a billion dollar ballpark was placed there.
Before the fields are completely gone from Google Maps, let us all take a moment to think about the New York City kids in the past 4 years who didn't have the privilege of playing in the shadow of Yankee Stadium like some of us did. Those fields weren't the most beautiful or well-maintained, but they were the home to many memories and for that they should be remembered. One day soon there will be beautiful new parks on the site for future generations to enjoy, but for now they remain in limbo.
If you purchase that seat, how will you know if Grandstand Outfield section 408, row 14, seat 25 is on the aisle? You won't, since none of the seating maps provide that information.Hopefully, the "powers that be" at key ticket sources such as FanSnap, SeatGeek, Stubhub recognize the hunger for this type of information and take their user interface to the next level.
Until then, why not join the crowd and keep track of how many seats are in your row during your next trip to Yankee Stadium?
Thanks for reading!
This little shindig is going down TONIGHT at Finnerty's on 2nd Avenue between 13th and 14th in Manhattan on April 23 from 8:30 until the end of the Yankees win over the Angels. We've never been to Finnerty's before, but it is known to be a Yankees bar, and it gets good reviews on Yelp.
Feel free to spread the word, and also RSVP for the event on Facebook. We have nearly 40 people who have RSVP'ed already!
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