I think that Gucci Little Piggy is right on target with his blog post about ballpark gentrification.
As you know, the two remaining Major League ballparks in New York City, Yankee and Shea Stadium, were both town down, and replaced with more modern but smaller stadiums. And “more modern” means having more facilities attractive to the upper middle class. The result is fewer people get to enjoy the live game, and higher ticket prices. This is an example, in my opinion, of value destruction rather than value creation. The prole fans at the old stadiums enjoyed the games a lot more than the upper-middle-class fans at the new stadiums. Rebuilding these perfectly useable stadiums was anti-utilitarian.
I’m not that familiar with Yankee Stadium because I was never a Yankees fan, but I can certainly attest that the corporate feeling of “Citi Field” is sedate compared to the raucous fans in the upper deck of the old Shea Stadium where in 1984 the seats cost as little as $4 each.
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I’ve previously blogged that Citi Field sucks.