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Courtesy of Newsday:
Did some Yankee Stadium architect misread his or her protractor when the $1.5-billion ballpark was being designed? Are the Yankees alone in offering some of their fans less than the whole picture from their seats? No and no, according to a Newsday review of Major League Baseball’s existing and future stadiums.
Of the 11 major-league ballparks — including the new Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ new Citi Field — that have opened since 2000, eight have obstructed-view seats. Seven teams sell those tickets to the public; most wait until the rest of the stadium is sold out, and some sell them only at the box office……
Of the 30 ballparks that will be used in 2009, 23 have obstructed-view seats and 22 teams sell them to fans.
I did not get what the big deal was when this news first came to light, and I still struggle to see what is making people so upset. As this article shows, the argument that the Yankees spent a zillion dollars on the Stadium and therefore should only have full view seats holds no water. Almost every stadium has seats in which a portion of the field is obscured, and the Yankees have chosen to sell those seats for 5 dollars. The alternative is for them to allow 500 seats to go unsold, something that would serve no purpose and just limit the number of people that can get into the park. The Yankees have actually selected the most fan friendly option given the circumstances, and the outrage over the obstructed view seats is misplaced.
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