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Yanks' top-class ticket prices cut

THE New York Yankees are lowering premium ticket prices and offering some ticketholders free passes to fill empty seats as the baseball team deals with the recession.

The team is halving the price of first row Legends Suite season seats to US$1,250 from US$2,500, and offering fans who already bought those tickets a refund or credit, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

It is cutting other Legends Suite prices to US$650 from US$1,000. First-row Delta Sky 360 will cost US$550 instead of US$750.

"There are a few hundred suite seats in our premium locations that have not been sold on a full-season basis," Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "As a result...the Yankees are announcing today a program that adjusts certain prices and benefits."

Fans who bought Legends Suite tickets at various prices will get complimentary seats for some regular-season games.

While most of the cheaper tickets in the second and third upper decks were sold for the opening six games, entire sections of cushioned blue seats with teak arm rests in the first nine rows went empty, areas that cost US$500 and up. In addition, many of the non-premium seats between the bases, which cost US$325 as part of season tickets and US$375 individually, also went unfilled.

Steinbrenner several weeks ago told reporters that certain seats might have been priced too high. The Yankees have garnered much attention for ticket prices at the team's new US$1.5 billion stadium.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has said that it is up to the Yankees and New York Mets, which also has a new stadium, to consider cutting their ticket prices to bring more people to their ballparks.

Baseball officials have said they expect league attendance to be down as much as 10 percent this year.


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