Yanks to drop prices of 6,454 seats

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are cutting the prices of some of their most expensive season tickets for 2010.

The price of the best field-level seats will drop from $325 to $250 or $235 as part of season plans, the team said late Tuesday night.

A total of 3,400 field-level seats will have lower prices. Those seats cost $375 for individual games this year. The Yankees did not announce individual game prices for 2010.

"At the beginning of the season, I said that we would look into our ticket prices and review them at the end of the year to see where changes needed to be made," Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "We have had a great opening year. Over 90 percent of our inventory has been sold, and we are leading Major League Baseball in attendance. This plan reflects the changes we believe are appropriate. We will continue to review the ticket policy on a year-by-year basis."

Ninety-seven percent of the Legends Suite seats in the first nine rows in 25 sections ringing the infield -- 1,846 of 1,894 -- will drop in price, although the team didn't specify what the cut would be. Those seats -- which come with access to three restaurants and lounges with complementary food and soft drinks -- cost $500 to $2,500 per game as part of season tickets this year and up to $2,625 for individual games.

In addition, all 1,208 seats in the Delta Sky360 Suite on the main level behind home plate will receive a cut, which also wasn't specified.

A total of 1,704 non-premium seats in the two sections on each side of the Delta suite -- sections 216-217 and 223-224 -- will increase from $100 to $125. Those are the only increases in season-ticket prices for the second year of the $1.5 billion ballpark.

New York said 41,928 of 50,086 seats will have the same season price as this year, and 6,454 will drop.

Faced with large amount of empty premium seats during the first homestand, the Yankees slashed prices on more than 40 percent of their front-row seats by up to 50 percent in late April and gave additional free seats to many of those who bought tickets closest to the infield.