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Jewish World Review
April 10, 2006
/ 12 Nissan, 5766
Fans welcome new stadiums; will stadiums welcome fans?
Sometime in the not too distant future, New York sports fans - or, at least, the ones who can afford a day at the stadium - will
look back at 2005 with fond memories.The average Yankee ticket in 2005 cost $27.34, a beer was $5.75, soda cost three
bucks, a hot dog was $2.75, parking was $10,a program $5,and a cap $15. That's about $50, if you're not a drinking man.
But that will seem cheap in 2009, when the new Yankee Stadium, which cleared a major hurdle this week when the City
Council approved several key aspects of the planned $800 million ballpark, is scheduled to open.
Fans better become accustomed to higher prices, because the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, Devils,
Nets, Islanders, and Red Bulls will all be playing in new or renovated facilities within the next five years with all the requisite
"fan amenities" that teams tout.
"Fan amenities" is code for raising prices and weeding out poorer fans and replacing them with customers who have the means
to buy higher-priced tickets, beer, soda, hot dogs, team apparel, parking, and will order off the menus at in-facility restaurants.
Those who cannot afford the tickets can stay home and watch ESPN (for $2.70 wholesale a month), the MSG-FOX Sports
combination (for about $4 a month),YES (about another $3 a month), and Sports Net New York (that's about $3 a month, if
my Time Warner bill is any indication).
A prominent NBA owner once told me that he would rather have customers than fans because customers spend money at
games while fans sit around and listen to sports talk radio all day.
The New York-New Jersey sports landscape is about to undergo an unprecedented transformation. As the Yankees
celebrated being that much closer to a new ballpark yesterday, the Mets unveiled architectural and design plans for their own
new stadium, which is also scheduled to open in 2009. In fact, every outdoor stadium and indoor arena in the metropolitan
area either will be replaced or renovated - with a good deal of the money coming from taxpayers, no matter what the teams
and elected officials say. New York City residents will be paying hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure for the new
Yankee Stadium, the Mets' new Ebbets Field-look stadium, and Bruce Ratner's massive Brooklyn project that centers around
an arena for his New Jersey Nets.
There is also apparently a deal on the table between the city and Madison Square Garden's Charles Dolan that would allow
the Knicks owner to build a new arena behind the Farley Post Office and replace the present arena with office towers. There is
no word on whether the deal includes a provision that would include property taxes. Since 1982, the Garden's owners - which
have included Gulf and Western, Viacom, and the Dolan family - have not paid any property taxes because the Knicks and
Rangers were at an "economic disadvantage"compared to other NBA and NHL teams since the Garden was burdened with
high property taxes and a steep Con Edison bill.The Dolans pay neither thanks to a 1982 deal brokered by Mayor Koch that
relieved Gulf and Western of the burden.
In New Jersey, former Wall Street broker and Devils owner Jeffrey Vander Beek has contributed $100 million toward the
construction of a new Newark arena. The building is scheduled to open in October 2007 and may signal the beginning of a
new era for Devils fans, er, Devils customers.
Simply put, the "corporate fan" has money, whereas the "family fan" can only afford to attend a few games annually, if that
many.The Devils' new building will include more luxury boxes,more club seats, more in-arena restaurants, and more concourse
room where customers can spend money on an evening of entertainment.According to the Team Marketing Report in
2005-06,the Devils average ticket costs $54.67. When the new building opens, you can expect that price to rise significantly.
Down the road in East Rutherford, Giants and Jets fans don't have to pay a Personal Seat License (PSL) - yet.The Carolina
Panthers ownership often gets the credit for devising the system by which you buy a seat license and then buy the ticket for that
seat. But Dr. John McMullen came up with the idea back in 1982 when he purchased the Colorado Rockies and moved the
hockey team to New Jersey. Dr. McMullen wanted to sell tickets in the lower bowl at the Meadowlands through personal seat
licenses. In 1982, New Jersey wasn't ready for that.
But in 2009, the Jets and Giants may charge their clientele a personal seat licensing fee to help pay off the debt on their new
$700 million stadium. The Giants and Jets ownership will be getting money from the state of New Jersey as well as tax breaks,
but that won't be enough to offset the debt. Many NFL teams already "offer" PSLs, so it's only a matter of time before the
metropolitan area's two NFL teams join the party.
The Giants have raised ticket prices in five of the last six years. In 2005, the average Giants or Jets ticket price was about $71,
up from about $45 in 2000. People who buy PSL's have to put thousands of dollars down to secure a ticket. So what exactly
do you get with your PSL? The San Francisco Giants introduced a version of the PSL to baseball in the late 1990s when the
team was underwriting the cost of its new stadium. Customers paid up to $7,500 per seat to guarantee they could buy the
same seat on a year-to-year basis over a seven-year period.
It doesn't seem far fetched to think that tickets to New York's new baseball stadiums will come with the same costcovering
maneuvers, what with the Mets laying down $550 million for their new stadium and the Yankees shelling out about $585
million for theirs.
If the Giants were able to sign people up for seven-year PSLs at $7,500 per license in 1999, what can Steinbrenner or Wilpon
command in a baseball-crazy town? Maybe $12,000 over seven years? Maybe $15,000?
It will be the same story for the Major League Soccer Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J., Ratner in Brooklyn with his Nets, and
Charles Wang in Uniondale with his Islanders. The new or renovated buildings will be the justification for raising prices.Then
fans will have to make a decision. Will they remain fans and watch on TV and listen to sports talk radio, or will they become
customers and spend a lot more money for their sports?
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