Yankee Stadium a ghost town prior to first pitch following Game 5 postponement
Major League Baseball made fans sit at Yankee Stadium for over two-and-a-half hours after the scheduled first pitch to tell them Game 5 of the American League Division Series would be postponed to Tuesday at 4: 07 p.m.
Upon announcing the postponement, they also said that “pursuant to their ticket policy,” no refunds or exchanges will be made.
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Yankee Stadium before the Boston Red Sox game on Sept. 22, 2022, in New York.
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MLB had no choice but to make Game 5 an afternoon game – eyeballs need to be on the National League Championship Series at 8: 03 p.m. later Tuesday, and the winner of Game 5 will have to catch a flight to Houston for Game 1 of the ALCS.
But clearly, many fans got screwed over, as plenty of empty seats were seen less than 15 minutes before the first pitch.
As players began warming up, many paying customers were not visible.
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This was the second game of the series that was postponed – Game 2 was originally slated for Thursday night, but was postponed to Friday afternoon. Although attendance didn’t seem to be an issue, it was easier to take a three day weekend off than a Tuesday afternoon.
Fans who are unable to attend on Tuesday will not receive refunds or exchanges. This means that many fans will lose out on hundreds of dollars. While some will be able to get their money back on secondary market, that’s not their only option.
All reports indicate that the Yankees and Cleveland Guardians, as well as MLB, expected the game to be played on Monday, with a hopeful first pitch of around 9: 30 p.m. Another system was implemented, which would have made it impossible for the game to start on Monday. This would have been very late for west coast viewers. Although there is plenty of time for the stadium’s packing, at the moment it seems to be the most empty seats in the ballpark since the first pitch for a postseason match in quite some time.
An empty Yankee Stadium is shown as the game against the Toronto Blue Jays was canceled due to inclement weather on May 26, 2021, in New York City.
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The winner of this game will face the Astros in a best-of-seven series beginning Wednesday at 7: 37 p.m.
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