How much is your stadium’s atmosphere worth?
If you’re wondering what the Mariners hoped to make by installing those seats:
I count 240 seats in section 101 (and it has got to suck to be in the middle). Assume they all sell, every game.
240 * $24/seat * 81 games = $466,560
Plus say two home games in the first round of the playoffs @ $36 = $25,920
Three home games in ALCS @ $48 = $34,560
At least three home games in the World Series at $72 = $51,840
Maximum possible return on destroying the beer garden: maybe $600,000 for the season if the team’s competitive and sells the section out all season.
What did we pay to build Safeco Field as a civic treasure for all to enjoy, blah blah blah? About $340m from the food tax and rental cars, right?
How about this for a compromise, Mariners — take out the bleachers and then you can bill us every year for that $500k you didn’t make, and we’ll take it out of your tab. In 680 years, we can revisit the issue.