Jeter Drops $850,000 For Yankee Stadium Suite?!

With tickets that have soared to such astronomical prices, it’s easy to see why we’ve seen so many empty seats at the new Yankee Stadium this season. Your average New York baseball fan really can’t afford to shell out hundreds of dollars just to take in one game. (Go ahead & give them a call, and just try to find some cheap seats.)

Derek Jeter female Giambi fan

(”I just came down to tell you that we’re all out of Fresca.”)

Well, never let it be said that Derek Jeter doesn’t look out for his own. The Yanks star still has plenty of friends & family who would love to see him play in the new digs, but they can’t (or won’t) cough up the dough. So to make sure he still has his own personal cheering section, Jeter is renting out one of the new stadium’s luxury suites.

The NEW YORK POST’s PAGE SIX reports that Derek is leasing one of the luxury boxes this season - a sweet suite that can hold up to 12 people. A Yankees spokesman wouldn’t say how much Jeter shelled out for the suite, but the cost of renting out similar boxes range from $600,000 to $850,000. Jeter apparently paid full price for the suite, and as Page Six wryly adds, “he didn’t even get an employee discount.”

And the Yankees aren’t the only big-time franchise that won’t slash prices for celebrity seating. Want to grab a courtside seat alongside Jack Nicholson for the Lakers’ next playoff round? That’ll be $4,000, please.

Jerry Crowe of the LOS ANGELES TIMES breaks down the finances of the on-floor seats at Staples Center during the Lake Show’s postseason run. For LA’s first-round dismissal of Utah, courtside seats costs $3,500 per game. (So those that sat through all 3 Lakers home games for that series are now $10,500 lighter in their wallets.) After the second round is done, the same seats for the Western Conference finals will go for $4,500, while the sams courtside chairs for the NBA finals will set you back $5,250.

And I thought we were in a bad economy. Guess you can’t put a price people’s desire to watch Adam Morrison in action. (Oh, and Kobe, Gasol, Fisher & Bynum, too, I suppose.)