It seems like every sports franchise is building a new stadium these days. In New York alone, four franchises (the Yankees, Mets, Giants, and Jets) will be moving to three new facilities within the next two years. . By 2011, other area teams including the Rangers, Liberty, Knicks, Nets, Devils, Islanders, and Redbulls will all be playing in new or renovated stadiums.  The allure of a new stadium cannot be denied: more luxury seating, refined amenities, state of the art technology on and off the field, attracting free agent athletes and corporate sponsors, and last but not least, the bragging rights to say "my home town ball park is better than yours!" Sadly, with new stadiums come new costs to fans of their sports, not the least of which is increased ticket prices. Additionally, apart from increased ticket prices, there are additional costs that come with new stadiums.
In the current economy, where necessities such as gas, power, and food prices are on the rise, can the average fan afford to pay for season, or single game tickets, to their team's home games? This article will examine the trend toward new stadium building, the related costs, and potential remedies to the economic effects. [More]