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Friday, February 02, 2007

The Yankees surpass 3M ticket sales mark- MLB.com

The Yankees continue to prove why they are the elite franchise in MLB. Ticket prices might be extremely expensive, but the aggregate demand for tickets increases every season.

Club one month ahead of sales schedule from a year ago
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com

NEW YORK -- Games at Yankee Stadium are in greater demand than ever, as the organization has already surpassed the three-million-tickets-sold mark for the 2007 season.

Club chief operating officer Lonn Trost said Friday that the Yankees shattered their previous record for reaching the three-million milestone, set last March 2.

"It's kind of amazing," Trost said. "We're a month ahead of last year. Hopefully, the fans like the product we're putting on the field, and the fun they have coming here.

"It's a great place to watch a game. There are 162 games left, and you've got to be here to see it before we move into an even greater stadium."

A variety of ticket plans and options in all price ranges are available, including purchasing online at yankees.com.

Of the three million tickets sold, Trost noted that the Yankees have already sold in excess of 33,100 season tickets. In 2006, the Yankees completed the season with 33,682 season-ticket holders.

"We're really doing well, but we still have loads of great tickets to sell," Trost said.

While nearly every game at Yankee Stadium has already sold more than 30,000 seats, Trost said even premier games against the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets are still available to fans who want to experience the next-to-last season at the current facility.

Fans who arrive in the Bronx for the Yankees' home opener on April 2 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will also be able to check out the progress on the new facility, being constructed just to the north of the Yankees' current home between 161st and 164th streets, and between Jerome and River avenues.

Trost reported that concrete is being poured at the new stadium site, and in some locations, workers are already up to the second deck in poured concrete. Within 60 days, the structural steel phase of the project is expected to begin, and progress is on schedule.

"Anybody who comes to the stadium starting Opening Day will see an unbelievable sight when they see how much has been built already of the new stadium," Trost said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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