The Farewell Begins

Just came back to my computer after two hours in our MLB.com studios, and this is what I saw in my inbox. I am curious how other MLBloggers react. All I could think of was: This is the last time this annual release will ever happen for The House That Ruth Built:

NEW YORK YANKEES
TO BEGIN FINAL SEASON AT YANKEE STADIUM ON MARCH 31; WILL HOST
TORONTO BLUE JAYS IN 2008 SEASON OPENER

The 26-time-World Champion New York Yankees will begin the 2008 season — the 106th in franchise history and their last in the current Yankee Stadium — at home on Monday, March 31 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yankees’ 81-game home schedule will feature three series totaling nine games with each of
the club’s four American League East rivals (Baltimore, Boston, Tampa Bay and
Toronto) as well as Interleague series vs. three National League opponents.  The
Yankees will host the New York Mets on May 16-17-18, the San Diego Padres on
June 17-18-19 and the Cincinnati Reds on June 20-21-22.  Additionally, the
Yankees will make their first-ever regular season appearance at Minute Maid Park
vs. the Houston Astros on June 13-14-15 and their first Pittsburgh appearance
since the 1960 World Series on June 24-25-26 at PNC Park vs. the Pirates.  The
Yankees conclude their 2008 Interleague schedule vs. the Mets at Shea Stadium on
June 27-28-29.

Holiday ticket
packages for the 2008 season are scheduled to go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday,
December 18, via the Internet at www.yankees.com.  For complete “Holiday Pack”
ticket information, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com.  On-sale information for
individual
game tickets
will be announced at a later date.

“As we enter
the final season at the current Yankee Stadium, we plan to honor the history and
tradition of this iconic ballpark from the first pitch to the last,” said
Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost.  “We look forward to celebrating our
past and our present throughout the 2008 season while watching our new,
state-of-the-art home come to life next door.”

TICKET
INFORMATION FOR 2008

 
In 2008, the
Yankees
will renew at
least nine individual-game discount programs
.

· Verizon Family
Games
– On designated
Monday through Thursday games in April, May and September, all Tier Reserved MVP
tickets will be discounted to $26 and Tier Reserved tickets will be discounted
to $19.

· Fujifilm $5.00
Games
– On selected
game dates, all Tier Box, Tier Reserved MVP, Tier Reserved and Bleachers tickets
will be discounted to $5.00.

· Coca-Cola Value
Pack Games
– On 17
selected game dates, four Tier Box tickets, four Tier Reserved MVP tickets, four
Tier Reserved tickets or four Bleachers tickets—as well as four hot dogs, four
Coke products and one official Yankees item (to be determined)—will be available
at discounted package prices.

· MasterCard Grand
Slam Pack
– On 18
selected game dates, four Tier Box tickets, four Tier Reserved MVP tickets, four
Tier Reserved tickets or four Bleachers tickets—as well as four hot dogs, four
non-alcoholic beverages and one official Yankees item (to be determined)—will be
available at discounted package prices.

· Poland Spring
Youth Games
– All fans 14
and younger, when accompanied by an adult, can purchase half-price tickets for
Saturday games (excluding Premium Games) in the following locations: Main
Box, Loge Box, Main Reserved, Tier Box MVP, Tier Box, Tier Reserved MVP, Tier
Reserved and Bleachers. Available only on the day of the game at Yankee
Stadium and subject to availability.

· Senior Citizen
Games
– On selected
game dates, a limited number of Senior Citizen tickets (for those 60 and older)
are available for $5.00. Available two hours prior to game time at Yankee
Stadium Advance Ticket Windows only.

· Con Edison
Tuesday Night Games
– Every Tuesday
night all Tier Reserved MVP tickets are $26 and Tier Reserved tickets are
$19Excludes all Premium Games. May be purchased in advance or on
the day of game and are subject to availability.

· Student
Games
– Any student
who presents his or her valid high school or college ID card at the Advance
Ticket Windows can purchase a half-price
Tier Reserved
MVP or
Tier Reserved
ticket to any Wednesday game (except Premium Games). Available only on
the day of game at Yankee Stadium and subject to
availability.

· Military
Personnel
may present
their active military ID card at the Advance Ticket Windows prior to any Monday
through Thursday game and receive one complimentary
Tier Reserved
MVP,
Tier Reserved or
Bleachers ticket, or one half-price ticket in the following locations: Main Box,
Main Reserved, Loge Box, Tier Box MVP or Tier Box. Available only on the day
of game at Yankee Stadium and subject to availability.

Please
note
: The term
“Premium Games” is defined as the Opening Day game, the Old-Timers’ Day game,
the final three (3) scheduled regular season games scheduled to be played at
Yankee Stadium, and all games played against the following teams: (i) Boston Red
Sox, and (ii) New York Mets.

GROUP
TICKETS:

Many of the 2008
ticket-discount programs may also be applied to group tickets (minimum: 20
tickets). Fans interested in group ticket information should call the Yankees
Ticket Office at (718) 293-6000 or visit http://www.yankees.com.  

INDIVIDUAL-GAME
INFORMATION

On-sale
information for individual game tickets will be announced at a later
date.

END

…and it’s happening at New York’s other ballpark, too. Just imagine what it’s going to be like around Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium in 2008.

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