New Yankee Stadium South

Notice how the “dugout” level seats at new Yankees Stadium are almost always empty. Expect the same at Cash Grab Field in Cobb.

As the Falcons sell personal seat licenses for their new stadium, the Braves are preparing to begin next month the sales of season tickets for their new ballpark, also slated to open in 2017.

The Braves said they won’t have PSLs — consistent with their position all along — but they will convert thousands of prime, close-to-the-field seats into “premium” tickets that include amenities, require multiyear commitments and carry sharply higher prices. Some fans said they are bracing for sticker shock. …

(Vice President of Sales and Marketing Derek) Schiller wouldn’t disclose specific ticket prices, but said roughly 4,000 premium seats — located in the lower and middle levels behind home plate and between the dugouts — “will range from a few hundred dollars to less than $100 per game.”

Seats in roughly comparable locations at Turner Field, but without attached amenities, range from approximately $78 to $50 per game in 2015 full-season tickets (more if bought in smaller packages or for individual games).

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6 comments

  1. What a shock. Way to go MLB. It’s anti-trust exemption should have been stripped long ago.

  2. I’ve enjoyed Fulco and The Ted going back to the mid-1970s. Short of someone giving me a ticket I don’t think I’ll qualify for this new ball park. I’ll keep listening on the radio, unless they plan to find a way to turn that into pay per view. Might’ve paid for Pete and Skip and Ernie, but not the current regime. Big Fredi puff piece in the AJC this morning preparing us for a gutty gritty 81 win success. Feh.

  3. There’s so much about the new stadium I really don’t understand. Such as, they claimed to have moved their stadium to where their fans are, but to me it would appear that they simply moved into a more saturated market while forsaking the south side fans all together. It would seem that this would lead to them selling no more tickets on the north side because everyone that was buying them already was and selling fewer tickets on the south side because people would have to leave work at 3 and maybe get their kids out of school early to get to a 7:10 start. On top of this they’re going to jack up ticket prices with “premium” seating when they claim they were already having problems selling tickets. Also, since there were so many people riding the Braves shuttle in to the game they’ve decided to move the stadium to an area Marta doesn’t serve. I guess I can take solace in the fact that I don’t get paid to make those decisions.

  4. It’s all about the Braves controlling more money and influence then the city and county. Nothing to do with fans or the product on the field.

  5. I really feel like if the Braves did more to be more fan a lot of their problems would be solved. I got to to significantly more games than the average fan (not a season ticket holder), but I never feel at home like my friends that live in other cities do at their ballparks.

  6. In uprooting the team and moving it to the suburbs, the Braves management is bucking a trend of nearly 50 years of siting baseball parks in or near the downtowns (or at least the inner cities) of the urban areas in which they’re located. If one doesn’t count the Texas Rangers, who have been playing in Arlington since moving to Texas from D.C. (and who represent two major cities on either side of Arlington), then as near as I can tell, the last MLB team to build a park in the suburbs that still plays there is the Angels, who moved to Orange County in 1966. Granted, some venues, such as Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, are in neighborhoods more suburban in nature than the parks they replaced (Municipal Stadium in the Royals’ case), but they’re still located in the city whose name is on the road jerseys, and teams like the Giants and Orioles have located their new parks closer to downtown.

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