Yankees release 2007 schedule

Yankees release 2007 schedule

NEW YORK -- The Yankees will begin their quest for a 27th World Series title in the Bronx on April 2, opening the 2007 season at home against the Devil Rays.

The 105th home opener at Yankee Stadium will take place at 1:05 p.m. ET, kicking off an 81-game home schedule which will feature nine games against each of the team's American League East foes, including the rival Red Sox.

The Yankees will host Interleague series against the Mets (June 15-17), Diamondbacks (June 12-14) and Pirates (June 8-10) -- all former World Series opponents. The Bombers will visit the Giants (June 22-24), Rockies (June 19-21) and Mets (May 18-20) as part of Interleague Play.

New York and Boston meet for the first of 19 times on April 20 at Fenway Park, opening a three-game series. The Red Sox visit the Bronx a week later, as the two rivals play three games at Yankee Stadium from April 27-29. The two teams meet again six times in May, three times in August and three times in September.

Joe Torre's team will get its first look at Gary Sheffield and the defending AL champion Tigers on Aug. 16, the first of four games at Yankee Stadium. A week later, the two teams renew acquaintances in Detroit for four games.

Holiday ticket packages for the 2007 season will go on sale Monday, Dec. 11th at yankees.com. For more information on the "Holiday Pack" tickets, click here.

On-sale information for individual game tickets will be announced at a later date.

Full and partial season-ticket plans are available for Main box, Loge box, Tier box MVP, Tier box, Main reserved MVP, Main reserved, Tier reserved and Bleacher seats.

For the 2007 regular season, Yankee Stadium's most expensive seats (98 percent of which are sold out on a season-ticket basis) will have price increases. However, more than 24,000 seats (approximately 44 percent of the ballpark's capacity) will have no price increase for the third consecutive year.

"We are very grateful for the loyal fans that have supported us and we want to make sure that a family visit to Yankee Stadium remains a viable and distinctly unique entertainment experience," said Lonn Trost, the Yankees chief operating officer. "We believe that by increasing the prices for the most expensive seats, it enables us to hold the prices on almost half of the Stadium and continue to offer attractive discounted ticket opportunities, including the fan-favorite 'five-dollar games.'"

In addition to holding the price on 44 percent of Yankee Stadium seats, the Yankees are renewing at least nine individual-game discount programs:

"Verizon Wireless Family Games" -- Tier-Reserved tickets will be discounted to $16 on designated games Monday through Thursday in April, May and September.

"Fujifilm $5.00 Games" -- All Tier-Box tickets, Tier-Reserved tickets and Bleachers tickets will be discounted to only $5 on selected games throughout the season.

"Coca-Cola Value Pack Games" -- Four Tier-Box tickets, four Tier-Reserved tickets or four Bleachers tickets -- as well as four hot dogs, four Coke products and one official Yankees item (to be determined) -- will be available at discounted package prices (to be determined).

"MasterCard Grand Slam Pack" -- Four Tier-Box tickets, four Tier-Reserved tickets or four Bleachers tickets -- as well as four hot dogs, four non-alcoholic beverages and one official Yankees item (to be determined) -- will be available at discounted package prices (to be determined).

"Poland Spring Youth Games" -- All tickets can be purchased for half price by fans 14 and under-when accompanied by an adult-on all Saturday games (excluding Premium Games) in the following locations: Main Box, Loge Box, Main Reserved, Tier Box MVP, Tier Box, Tier Reserved and Bleachers). Available only on the day of the game at Yankee Stadium and subject to availability.

"Senior Citizen Games" -- A limited number of seats are available for $5 for Senior Citizens (60 and over) to seven games throughout the season. Available two hours prior to game time at the Yankee Stadium Advance Ticket Windows only.

• All Tier-Reserved tickets to any Wednesday game (except premium games) can be purchased for $10 by students presenting a valid student ID. Available only on the day of the game at Yankee Stadium and subject to availability.

• All Tier-Reserved tickets will be discounted to $16.00 for all Tuesday night games (except premium games).

The term "Premium Games" is defined as the Opening Day game, the Old Timers Day game and all games played against the following teams: Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the New York Mets.

Many of the 2007 ticket-discount programs may also be applied to group tickets (minimum of 20 tickets). Fans desiring group ticket information should call the Yankees Ticket Office at (718) 293-6000 or visit yankees.com.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.