Comedian John Oliver is doing his best to ensure there will be some "riff-raff" in the coveted seats behind home plate at Yankee Stadium this week.
In a jab at Yankees’ executive Lonn Trost, the "Last Week Tonight" host is offering six fans tickets to exclusive seats behind home plate for just 25 cents each.
There’s one condition to enter the drawing, Oliver said: Fans must tweet photos of what they plan to wear to the game. The fans whose outfits best show that they’ve never sat in "premium" seats before will win the tickets.
The gag comes after the franchise announced earlier this year they would no longer accept tickets bought on StubHub and printed remotely. Critics say the policy makes it harder for fans to sell tickets online, including tickets in the premium seats behind home plate, known as the "Legends Club.”
To explain the decision, Yankees' Chief Operating Officer Trost said on WFAN radio: "If you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money, it’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for their ticket. And (another) fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there and it frustrates the purchaser of the full amount. And quite frankly…the fan, you know, may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that's a frustration to our existing fan base."
"Wow," Oliver said on his HBO show Sunday night. "You’re saying rich people couldn’t bear to sit next to people who aren’t as rich."
The Yankees play three games in the Bronx this week for the 2016 home opener.
Legends seating tickets for Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros range from $680 to $1,600, according to Ticketmaster.
Yankees president Randy Levine told NBC 4 New York in a statement Monday that "everyone is welcome at Yankee Stadium."
"I thank John Oliver for buying Yankees tickets," Levine said.
You can enter Oliver’s drawing by tweeting a photo of your outfit to his show’s Twitter with the hashtag, #Ihaveneversatinapremiumlocation.