New York Yankees’ season ticket prices are leaving some fans feeling betrayed.
While the top-playing baseball team brings in fans across the country, their at-home fans are feeling the burn of recent price hikes. One 27-year-old season ticket holder, Justin Some, lives in Manhattan. He’s had two nosebleed seats for two years, but he’s unable to renew next year because of such high surcharges, he told the New York Post. His upper-deck tickets cost a “fan-friendly” $1,664 in 2018, and in 2020, they’ll jump to $2,327, which is a 40 percent increase over three years.
“It’s shocking…It’s insulting,” he said, noting that he feels like the team only cares about customers in the champagne seats.
Nonetheless, Some paid the $1,100, but then noticed an extra $92 brushback. When he called his Yankee ticket rep to see if it was a mistake, he was told that the charge is “what happens when you don’t pay for next year.” He explained his experience on Twitter, writing that he plans his entire life around the team’s home schedule and has crossed the country to see them, but he’s done going to Yankee Stadium now.
I purchased my playoff plan over a month ago. Today I received an additional $100 charge for my playoff tickets because I did not renew my tickets for 2020.
I called my season ticket representative and I was told was “yeah, that’s what happens when you don’t pay for next year”
— Justin Some (@JustinSome) September 6, 2019
“Thank you for ruining the thing I loved most,” he said in the tweet. “The worst part about this is @Yankees won’t care about my tweets. I’m just Joe Somebody in section 427. All the Yankees care about are the season ticket holders in the club seats that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.”
Some also penned a letter to the Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, which he shared with The Post.
“A $92 fine because I can’t afford the increase in ticket prices is … hurtful,” he wrote. “I no longer feel welcome. … Moving forward, I only plan to watch the New York Yankees play when visiting ballparks … or in the comfort of my living room.”
While a Yankees spokesman recognized Some’s complaints, they told The Post that the charge he saw is a part of a “dynamic pricing system” which “has been in place for a number of years” and isn’t relative to just the Yankees. According to Some, no one from the Yankees has reached out to him since The Post’s story was published.
For those curious, no, I have not had anyone from the @Yankees reach out to me directly to try and repair our relationship
— Justin Some (@JustinSome) September 16, 2019