Originally Posted by SAR I
The upper deck seats aren't the problem. It's the UD endzones that are.
Every other modern NFL stadium built in the last decade has had no upper deck endzones. Patriots, Cardinals, Cowboys, Texans, Colts, you can go down the list and they all have food courts or big windows where the UD endzone seats used to be. The Jets and Giants decided to be bullish, put real seats up there, make the only completely round new arena in the NFL because of the Super Bowl and the assumption that concerts and such could make those work.
Personally, I don't think the Jets ever wanted those seats, probably had to agree to it because the Giants knew they could blackmail fans into PSL'ing them.
The StubHub bargain-basement applies to the worst seats in the house anyway, the good locations command a decent price- depending, of course, on how good the Jets are.
I'm guessing they did. The Jets themselves were fooled by their long years of sellouts and waiting list. I think they figured that they wouldn't have a problem selling out even at 82k. Once the economy tanked, they realized that they priced too aggressively and tried to fix it. But, I don't think they fully realized that the demand for tickets would be as soft as it is.
Its a combination of things....the new stadium nose bleeds are simply much worse than GS nose bleeds. That, in combination with HD TV just makes it so unattractive to sit up there. I think people gave the stadium a year or two audition and just decided that they didn't like it. With no PSL, they had that option. The lowest price seat is now only $50. That's absolutely nothing (that's less than a mediocre seat at Citifield!) and they still can't fully sell those tickets. People simply don't want to sit up there.