Yanks' $1.5B Park a Big Strikeout So Far

New stadium draws small, bitter crowds, opponent home runs
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2009 10:12 AM CDT
With average prices for non-premium tickets at a league-high $73, the Yankees have a lot of empty seats and outraged fans.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – With its $1.5 billion price tag, you’d think the new Yankee Stadium would be pretty much perfect, right? But even the most loyal fans are griping as the “Taj Mahal” isn’t turning out to be everything it promised. From outrageous ticket prices to questionable outfield dimensions, the park is in danger of striking out, writes Darren Everson in the Wall Street Journal.

Management has cut prices and is taking the criticism in stride, noting that the park has been open for just a month. Still, “they’ve made almost every mistake you can make,” a Stanford prof says. “There’s nothing that’s been as unpopular as this.” Meantime, ghosts of stadium horrors past—Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia (lousy turf, worse odor), Olympic Stadium in Montreal (a retractable roof that wouldn't retract), Miami Arena and Charlotte Coliseum (not enough luxury suites in either)—haunt the Bronx. (Read more Yankee Stadium stories.)