The New York Times' Richard Sandomir worries that the Yankees' recent price cuts could spur some sort of class warfare at The Stadium:
Why not cut more ticket prices at Yankee Stadium, not just the really expensive ones?
The Yankees' move Tuesday to slash the price of slower-selling premium seats, including the $2,500 perches, and give away others affects a few hundred seats. It was a cosmetic move to quell criticism and put more bodies in front of television cameras. There are only 100 seats priced for season-ticket plans at $2,500 — and only 55 to 60 have been sold. The Yankees' strategy exacerbates the visible divide between fans in exclusive areas and the tens of thousands outside of club access . . .
. . . The Yankees' philosophy must be this: if sections are sold out — or if they don't get much camera time — we must have priced the seats correctly.
Well, yeah. If in fact those sections are sold out, they are by definition priced correctly. That's how supply and demand works.
More generally speaking, while I've been as critical as anyone about the pricing at Yankee Stadium and the overall elitist vibe the team seems to be going for in the new park, the Yankees are not a public trust. They're a business. If their pricing decisions lead to silly results (i.e. empty seats), they should be ridiculed. If they simply make people angry while continuing to make good business sense -- in this case sold out houses -- it ain't their problem.