2008-07-11 / Letters

Comment On The New Yankee Stadium

Dear Editor,

For the last weeks, the Yankees have drawn 51, 53 and even 55,000 fans to the stadium and this is not in a play-off or in a World Series competition, but against mediocre teams. In a very near future, the Yankees are going to move in to a new stadium with a capacity of only 45,000 seats. My question is how are those [other] 10,000 or more fans being accommodated? Those fans have followed the Yankees, at a cost of big sacrifices, for years, now they find themselves estranged from it. The owners don't give a damn about them or the 45,000

fans inside the park.

A little increase to the tickets, to the parking spaces, to the hot dogs and beverages will bring the same revenues of the 55,000 seats sold in the past. The 45,000 fans attending the game will endure the extra load, so the owner will not suffer a stitch of loss. This [is] simple mathematics. As this was not enough, the diehard fans may have to go through another ordeal. Yes, the reduced availability of seats will create a new "sweet business" for the present vultures called scalping.

I personally think that a stadium with 75,000 seats with a reduced entrance price, reduced parking, hot dog and beverages would have been more appropriate. Think of the extra jobs and related income that it would have created.

ANGELO GUARINO

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