Answer – A Field Box Seat Ticket To All 81 Yankee Home Games
In 2021, Two Field Level Tickets For Just One Game Costs More
Digging around my closet I came up with this memento. It’s the 1984 Yankees home schedule.
It should come as no surprise that the ticket prices 37 years ago were very fair especially compared to today.
Crazy Modern Prices
Checking the Yankee schedule of 2021, a single field level ticket to an upcoming Yankees – White Sox game costs $388.35 including Ticketmaster fees. Your seat will be in section 28. Way beyond third base in the third row. Bringing a friend doubles the cost to $776.70. That’s over $100 more than a better ticket to every game cost in 1984. Section 24 over the visitors dugout will set you back $1,000 per seat.
It would have been a stretch for me to buy a season seat in 1984 even if I wanted one. I think I could afford some of the partial plans which were reasonably priced. But why commit to so many games when you could just buy tickets to the individual games you really wanted to attend? That made much more sense.
Occasionally, I would splurge and buy great field level seats and sit in the first row right past first base. Field, main, loge and upper box seats were $9.00. Reserve seats were $7.50. Most of the time it was general admission tickets for me. Because at three bucks a seat you could sit practically anywhere in the stadium. The Yankees would draw usually no more that 24,000 fans to most of their games that year.
Which begs the question- who in their right mind spends $400 or $1,000 for a ticket to a regular baseball game? Plus you also have the added bonus of “protective netting” in front of you obscuring your view of the field. I’ll pass.
Time machine please.