Yankees raise ticket prices for best box seats

NEW YORK -- Supporting baseball's biggest payroll will mean
an increase in ticket prices for the New York Yankees, who are
boosting the price of many of their best box seats over $100.

The Yankees said Friday they are raising the price of their box
seats closest to the field by $5 to $20, depending on their row and
location. The seats, known as field championship boxes, will sell
for $110, $105, $100 and $95, up from $90 last season.

New York's best regular seats, which include waiter service, are
available only as part of season ticket plans.

With many sections for next year already sold out because of
season tickets, the price of the top seat available in advance for
individual game sales will be $55 for lower deck reserved, an
increase of $5. Those seats will sell for $57 on the days of games.

Upper deck reserved seats will remain unchanged: $17 as part of
season tickets, $19 in advance of individual games and $20 on days
of games. Bleacher seats will remain at $10 as part of season
tickets and $12 for individual games.

The Yankees open their season April 3 at Oakland and play their
home opener April 11 against Kansas City. Individual game tickets
go on sale Dec. 16.

New York had a payroll of about $205 million last season, when
it lost to the Los Angeles Angels in the first round of the
playoffs. The Yankees had 43 sellouts at home and drew an AL record
4,090,696 fans at home last season.