Yankee Diddle Dandy

How can New Yorkers afford to attend Yankees matches?

Yee-hah - GO YANKEES!

In addition to watching the game, in true New York style, every opportunity is offered to lighten your wallet. Here is the full shopping list:

  • Tickets $180
  • Programme $10
  • 2 Baseball caps $30
  • 2 T-shirts $50
  • 2 beers $22
  • Hamburger $7.50
  • Chicken tenders $11
  • Fries $8
  • Subway fares $4.50
  • Watching the Tampa Bay Rays get wallpapered – priceless

That’s a whopping $323 for a 2 person visit.  So far this season, the Yankees are 50-22 for their home games, impressive record by any standard.  However, I am going to do the math for you – that is $11,628 per fan on average and we are not even into the post season playoffs yet.  With the Bronx Bombers looking good for a shot at the World Series, and the average New York family income at $53,000 before tax, it’s a good job you can get a Yankees Bank Loan via the Bank of America sponsorship deal!

Yankee Diddle Dandy

PS – I am especially astonished by the $11 (£7) beer, I used to think $7 was expensive.  Although, at the ripe old age of 45, I liked being asked for ID.

PPS – Having moaned a bucketful at the prices, I really enjoyed the game and could easily get addicted to baseball.  Shame the TV coverage is so poor in the UK.

5 Responses to “Yankee Diddle Dandy”

  1. pete mcnicholls Says:

    Hi Al
    I was at Yankee stadium in ’06 and fleeced in the same manner. The following evening I went to the US Open tennis to see Agassi play a night game on Arthur Ashe court……Yankee Stadium is small beers in comparison!!.
    Hope you had a good trip. Did the Yankees win ?

    All the best

  2. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    Hi Pete – long time no speak! I’ve missed the old shoeshop joke too….

    Yankees beat the Rays 4-2. The day before in a double header they had beaten them 4-1 and 11-1 but I think we got the better game. Certainly an exciting climax.

    As to fleecing, fans of US owned premiership sides can look forwards to big price increases I reckon.


  3. Ciaran Says:

    I can’t help but point out that based on your method of calculation there is an additional cost you’ve neglected to incorporate – storage space for the 144 baseball caps and T-shirts you’ve purchased.

  4. gee Says:

    What you only had one hamburger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    Ciaran – get serious! In this throwaway society I used a working assumption that a T-shirt lasts one wash, and an average person loses one cap per week.

    Gee – corrrrrrrrrrect! But I actually had four beers – served in (and to) a mug.

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