Yankees Attendance Drops 13% in '09

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IOctober 4, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout during the game against the Kansas City Royals on September 30, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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The attendance at the new Yankee Stadium dropped 13% during the ‘09 season. The new stadium itself seats less people than the old stadium did. The Yankees high ticket prices had a big impact on it as well. They couldn’t forsee the economy going down like that, so it’s hard to really blame them. They lowered a bunch of the higher ticket prices for next year.

The Yankees had only seven sellouts this year, and drew a total of 3,719,358 million over the 81 home games during the regular season. The Yankees made the postseason this year, so they will be able to sell a ton more tickets to fans who are hungry for this playoff run. You can bank on them selling out every game during the postseason.

The seating capacity at the Yankees new ballpark is slightly more than 52,000. (52,325) The old stadium across the street held about 57,000. (56,936 to be exact) The Yanks sold 91.5 percent of their available seats, which is about 3 percent less than last year. They sold out opening day in April, four games against the Red Sox in August, and games on Sept. 25 and 26, also against Boston.

With all that said, the Yankees lead the American League in attendance for the seventh straight year. The organization is doing just fine, and I’m sure there not really worried about this. With a drop in ticket prices, and this exciting team on the field..I’m sure they will have a lot more sell outs next season.