In celebration of the new Mets and Yankee stadiums, NY1 will air a five-part series looking a number of aspects dealing with the parks, their dimensions, their access, their foods and a number of other items. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report on what it will cost fans to see the Yankees in action.
If your kids are begging to see the Bronx Bombers, be prepared -- you might need A-Rod's salary just to see the Pinstripes in person.
We'll start with parking, which will run fans $19 versus $17 last year. High rollers can opt for valet service at $32, which is actually less than a seat behind home plate in the upper deck. Those will set fans back $30 -- up from $23 at the house that Ruth built, depending on when and who they are playing. Still, Yankees fans say they would be willing to pay even more to be among the first to sit in the new stadium.
"Probably anywhere between 50 to 100 bucks," said one Yankees fan.
"For a decent seat, anything over $250 is overpriced," said another Yankees fan.
A $250 ticket will get you on field level, but it's the price of premium seats at $2,600 that has fans crying foul.
Sportswriter Richard Sandomir says while the Yankees have overall sold more season tickets this year than last, the economy threw them a curveball in terms of selling the premium seating.
"They've hired a high-end real estate brokerage to sell some of these high end seats," said Sandomir.
Once inside, you are probably going to be there about three hours which means you might get hungry. The question is, how much are you willing to spend on a hot dog? Try $5.25 -- same price as the old stadium but a different economy.
One way to save is to pack your own peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
"You can bring food in clear packages and I suspect in this economy there are going to be more and more people bringing food in with them," said Sandomir.
What you can't bring in are beverages. Soda prices have stayed the same at $6, the same price as the cheapest available beer.
The Yanks are also offering special value meals. A regular hot dog and soda will run you $6, a hot dog and beer for $9 as well as a family value line of merchandise.
An instant replay: parking, four tickets, two value meals for the kids and beer and hot dogs for mom and dad comes to a final score of $169. That's the absolute bare minimum. Throw in a hat and some souvenirs and you're easily looking at a $200 day.
With HDTV providing dazzling views of the diamond, many fans admit they'll be enjoying their view of home plate from home.
"Yeah, I like that one better. That sounds better. I'd rather buy the TV," said one Yankees fan.