Look in the stands at just about any weekday ballgame, and you're going to see open seats. But here's the thing: Open seats don't make anyone look good -- not the teams, the stadiums, the advertisers or the TV networks. And it barely costs the park anything to seat extra people. This is why many sporting events offer drastically discounted rates for senior citizens to attend games that would otherwise look empty.
For example, if you're 60 or older, you can get $5 Yankees tickets to any game Monday through Thursday. Just show up at a ticket window within two hours of game time, and tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The same is true at many ballparks. Check your team's Web site for details.
This also applies to movies, concerts, plays and many other events that would otherwise have empty seats. Anywhere you imagine supply is outstripping demand, it's worth calling to see about discounted rates for seniors.