Yankees boosting price of box seats closest to field by $40 to $150 next year

Updated: December 1, 2006, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yankees fans are paying the price for supporting baseball's highest payroll.

The price of the box seats closest to the field at Yankee Stadium will jump by $40 to $150 next season, the team said Friday.

Those seats, which are going up 36 percent in price, are for the first four rows in the areas nearest to home plate and are sold as part of season-ticket plans. In the unlikely event any of those seats are available for sale for individual games, they would be priced at $300 in advance and $400 on days of games.

In 2005, New York charged $90 for all field championship seats. The Yankees switched to variable pricing in 2006, charging $95-$110, depending on row and location. Next season's range runs from $115 to $150.

At the lower end, other box seats without waiter service will run from $35-$73 when sold as part of full season-ticket plans, $37-$78 as part of partial season-ticket plans, $40-$83 when sold for individual games in advance and $42-$88 on days of games.

Reserved seats run from $17-$56 for full season tickets, $18-$61 for partial season tickets, $19-$66 for advance purchase for individual games and $20-$71 on days of games. Bleacher seats are $10 as part of season tickets, $12 when sold separately.

The price of 44 percent of the seats, in the upper deck and bleachers, will remain unchanged for the third straight season. In addition, there are many discount programs, especially for the upper deck on Monday through Thursday nights for many games in April, May and September.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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