The steroid scandal has not dampened demand at the ballpark, at least in the eyes of Yankee management. Neil Best lists prices for the coming season:
[T]he best Field Championship seats that last year cost $125, $135 or $150 per game (on a season plan) have risen to $250. So for some, that's a 100 percent increase.
The Main Championship Box went from $85 in 2007 to $120. That's 41 percent.
Even in a more modest section, Tier Reserved, the best seats rose from $17 to $25, up 47 percent.
Many other tickets went up less, such as the Loge Championship Box, from $120 to $130.
The most eye-popping numbers are in the Legends Suites closest to the field, which cost about $600 per person in 2007, including perks such as food and parking.
Based on options chosen, those seats could double or more in cost in 2008.
No one pretends "legends" seats are for the average fan, though. But there are non-corporate fans who now must pay $250 for the next-costliest level. They often join others to share costs and tickets.
For them, the latest increase is a shocker. Many with partial plans also were hit with big hikes.
"When does it stop?" asked a member of a ticket consortium who asked to remain anonymous.
When people stop paying.