NEW YORK -- Contrary to popular belief, new ballparks don't guarantee constant sellouts. It didn't happen in the first year at Camden Yards, or the first year at Jacobs Field, or the first year at Coors Field (where the second game ever played was nearly 10,000 below capacity).
So let's stop with the moaning about the non-sellouts at the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
On the other hand . . .
It sure was noticeable over the weekend when most of Yankee Stadium was filled, while many of the pricey seats behind the plate went unused. We're talking empty rows.
Sure enough, when I just checked the Yankees website to search for tickets for tonight's game against Oakland, I could get eight seats together in the first row behind the Yankees' on-deck circle (Section 18).
The cost? A mere $21,477.60 (at $2,625 a ticket, plus a $59.70 "convenience charge" for each seat).
Or if I wanted 10 together, I could get those for $1,300 a seat in the lower deck beyond third base. Meanwhile, I couldn't find any tickets for the bleachers ($14), the grandstand ($23-30) or the terrace level ($50-85).
Oh, and speaking of sellouts, it could be that the Red Sox sellout streak (now at a major-league record 476) could end tonight. On the Red Sox website , I could buy eight seats together for the game with the Twins (at $50 a ticket).