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Yankees Turning Fans Away?

May 5, 2009 – 10:05 AM
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Ed Price

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Yankees Yankee Stadium rainMuch has been made in New York of empty seats at the new Yankee Stadium, which is a result of high ticket prices set well before the economy pulled a Jose Contreras. The Yankees cut ticket prices for some seats after the season starter, acknowledging they had over-priced some tickets, leaving empty seats as the background for some TV angles.

So why would the Yankees kick fans out?

But it seems as if they did on Monday night, when rain delayed the start of a game against the Red Sox by two hours.

According to the New York Daily News, some Yankees employees told fans the game had been rained out – and then those fans were not allowed back in when they found out the game was in fact being played.
When a 9:20 p.m. start time was eventually announced over the public address system, a crowd on the sidewalk outside Gate 6 tried to get back into the Stadium, only to have the employees working the turnstiles promptly close the doors in their faces. Panicked fans began racing up and down the sidewalk, trying to find a way back into the ballpark, while others remained at Gate 6 either pleading or demanding to be let back in.

"We talked to the security personnel, who said there was zero chance they were going to play the game," said Tom Stuart, a 27-year-old from Astoria who waited out most of the rain delay before leaving with his girlfriend. "We spent three hours drinking beer – you can't drink much because they're 10 bucks apiece – now they're going to play a game in front of 35 fans."
Not a good business practice, and more bad PR for the franchise.

The Yankees have insisted throughout the ticket controversy that they have plenty of reasonably priced seats. the trick now is to let people use them.
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