It seems that Hal Steinbrenner does acknowledge that the Yankees might be pushing the bounds a bit with their ticket prices. The young Stein does have a slightly valid point that if it wasn't for the economy being so bad the ticket prices might not be looked at in such a disdainful manner.
But it is simply absurd that a team's ticket prices can jump 76.3 percent from one year to the next. That's a lot for anyone to swallow in any economy. You will continue to price out certain fans no matter what, and with all of the new amenities that have been added to the stadium, you begin to wonder what that does for peoples experiences at the stadium. Am I really going to have to contend with people lining up at a martini bar at a baseball game? Not to mention the terribly named NYY Steak restaurant that now serves as the batters eye in center and obscures views of the field for certain unlucky bleacher creatures.
In spite of all the complaints regarding the ticket prices and the pretentiousness of some of the new amenities, the Yankees seem to know what their doing since they have already sold a ton season ticket packages, and their attendance may only fall because the capacity of the new stadium has shrunk by more than 3,000. I, myself, am working on tickets despite all these things. What can you do really? I'm curious to see the new stadium, and I love the Yankees. Begrudgingly, the Yankees will get my money, and the reality is I won't really mind that much. I'll only mind that I don't have more to spend.