This week I read a blog from the bucknellorgtheory09 blog about how the economic downturn was affecting ticket sales at New Yankees Stadium. http://bucknellorgtheory09.wordpress.com/2009/05/10/how-the-economy-is-affecting-professional-sports-mlb/ I agree that the current state of the economy certainly deterrs some people away from luxuries like attending professional sporting events but it’s not the main reason. The real reason New Yankees Stadium had so many empty seats was because the seats were incredibly overpriced. No one in their right mind is going to pay thousands of dollars to sit one section closer to the field.
The Philadelphia Phillies never had an issue selling tickets. Over the past few seasons every single home game has been a sell out. This isn’t because the slumping economy decided to pass over Philadelphia and ravage other cities. It’s because Phillies tickets are reasonably priced. Poor tickets sales at New Yankees stadium was not an economic problem it was a mangerial problem. Once the Yankees’ management admitted that and lowered ticket prices, the fans came right back.
The economy isn’t in such a terrible condition that nobody can afford modest luxuries like attending professional sports games. Sports franchises are feeling a pinch like the rest of us but not to the extent that they can’t adequately fill their stadiums. As long as the team is successful on the field and management doesn’t try to charge people $2,675 per ticket, there will be plenty of fans to fill the seats.