In 2009, the New York Yankees opened the second iteration of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and tore down their old home, which had served them since 1923. The old Yankee Stadium was an American icon. In spite of the mid-1970’s renovation that sucked some of the charm out of the old building, attending a game there was still a commune with baseball’s history.
There was the field that Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio all starred on. There was the copper frieze in center field, and the icons to Yankees past in Monument Park. And the history and spiritual nature of the old stadium was a necessary part of the experience, because truth be told, it was also a dump.
Somehow cavernous and cramped at the same time, unfriendly, and with an odd smell in the concourses that never quite went away, the old Yankee Stadium was at the end of its useful life when it closed. Its replacement by a billion-dollar palace was welcomed by many Yankee regulars.
Six years on though, and some of them have started pining for the old stadium. The major flaw of the new Yankee Stadium is an overpriced system on tickets and food that leads to a sterile setting and empty seats through much of the summer. The result is a ballpark that feels more like a museum. It’s a beautiful building that’s meant to impress and intimidate, not to welcome.
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The food selection is excellent, with many New York options. Hebrew National and Nathan's Famous hot dogs both make an appearance, as do corned beef sandwiches and knishes. There is also a sushi bar, barbecue, and other options, and while prices are high, the taste is better than the typical ballpark.
The Yankees introduced some new food items for the 2014 season, including a Chicken and Waffles Cart located in the Great Hall at Gate 6, a Tacos and Empanadas Cart near Section 321 and a Build Your Own Nachos, including the "Nacho Helmet," available at Wholly Guacamole portable stands. Fans may pick their toppings in a regular-sized order of nachos or have an official plastic replica Yankees helmet filled with 12 ounces of nacho chips with their choice of toppings added.
A Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Burger and Coconut Rum Glazed BBQ Smoked Ribs are available at the Malibu Rooftop Deck on the 300 Level in right field, which is open to all fans. Finally, Papa John's is now a sponsor and you can find their pizzas throughout the stadium.
The Yankees justifiably took some flak for their beer selection. The "Beers of the World" stand features all the best of European macrobrews like Stella Artois and Heineken, whereas their new "Craft Beer" stand only features imitation craft beers that are owned by Miller/Coors. Actual craft beer isn't present.
The "NYY Steak" restaurant on site is probably the most upscale in baseball, and there are many other sit-down food options available to the moneyed crowd.
There is a designated driver program, but you get a pen or similar item rather than a coupon for a soda. You can buy cold water outside for a dollar and bring it in, which is an easy way to save money.
New Yankee Stadium is beautiful as no expense was spared in constructing a handsome, gleaming white marble edifice that towers over the same Bronx neighborhood. The icons of the old stadium - the frieze, the bleachers, Monument Park, the architectural style - were all transposed to the new one, along with all the luxurious club seats, team store, and food options expected of a modern ballpark.
The final cost came in over a billion dollars, and it shows. Marble and copper are everywhere, and the "feel" of the old Yankee Stadium was faithfully replicated. Yet the ballpark is the most segregated and stratified in baseball. The "Legends Suite" area in the lower level immediately behind home plate is completely inaccessible to ordinary fans, not just by security, but also by a concrete moat protecting the rich from ever interacting with Vinnie from Jersey.
The rest of the lower and second deck seats are fine, and the upper deck grandstand is actually pretty good - the new stadium is smaller than its predecessor and so views from the grandstand are excellent. The biggest seating flaws in the new stadium come in the bleachers - the batter's eye at the new stadium is a restaurant, and it cuts off huge sections of the bleachers from seeing the game.
The team has the same tacky scoreboard promotions as every other team, including one where the Yankees try to pronounce Japanese baseball words while Ichiro shakes his head in mock disgust, while the grounds crew famously dances to the Village People's "YMCA" in the sixth inning of every game. In the lower decks where the hoi polloi sit, uniformed ushers cater to your every will. Upstairs, there are no ushers at all, only uniformed security guards, who do allow you to sit where you want when the crowd is sparse.
The area behind center field is still known as Monument Park and is a must visit before the game. During the game it is closed off but you can still see the retired numbers from any grandstand seat.
When the Yankees win, New York, New York blares from the loudspeakers, a nice touch if you are cheering for the home team.
While the Bronx has a rough reputation, it's mostly undeserved these days, as gentrification has pushed the middle classes out of Manhattan and into the surrounding boroughs. Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx are all in far better shape than they once were, and wandering around the area on game day isn't unsafe. That said, the Bronx isn't Wrigleyville, with poor tenement houses and projects still making up most of the area. There are bars and restaurants right next to the stadium, with Stan's Sports Bar the most notable, and fast food joints as well if you want a cheaper meal than you will get inside.
A few blocks south is the Bronx Terminal Market, which includes a family restaurant and some chain shops, as well as the StubHub office.
The completion of Heritage Field on the site of the old stadium, just across 161st St. from the new Stadium, gives an almost bucolic setting to the area.
I have attended several games in the 2014 season and was not impressed with those sitting around me. Mostly young, upper-class millennials, who spend much of the time talking loudly about their jobs and mundane lives while running back and forth to get beer and food. They seem to care little about the game, and they are usually gone by the three-hour mark. At one game, two old men screamed epithets at each other until a security guard came to quiet them down.
Not everyone is like this in the grandstands, but I found few of them invested in the game or the team; they just seemed to be at a social event like a party. The good fans mostly sit in the bleachers, where they are referred to as the Bleacher Creatures. They perform the roll call at the start of every game, chanting each player's name in turn until the player acknowledges them. Seats here are cheaper but don't root for the visiting team unless you have a thick skin.
New York once had three competing subway lines - the IRT, BMT, and IND - and as a result, transferring between two of them can be difficult. Yankee Stadium is built at one of the rare conjunctions of the lines (where the IRT 4 train meets the IND B and D trains) and as a result, it can be easily accessed on the subway from any point in New York. There's also a Metro North station nearby for visitors from the northern suburbs and Connecticut.
If you insist on driving, you've got lots of options as well - the Major Deegan Expressway and Cross-Bronx Expressway are both close by, and exit right near the stadium. Parking is as expensive as you'd expect in New York, but as long as traffic doesn't hold you up, you can get to Yankee Stadium relatively easily from nearly any point in the metro area.
Inside the stadium, concourses are very wide and you should not have a problem making your way around. If you are in the upper deck, take the express elevators just inside Gate 6.
It has been noted repeatedly by many commentators how expensive Yankee tickets are. Yes, they're pricey but there are options that are affordable if all you want to do is get in the stadium. Upper level seats can be had for $22 when Boston is visiting, and $32 behind the plate in the 400s. As you get lower, prices get higher, with the 200 level down the lines going for $90 and the 100s for $100. If you want the premium seats, $350 seems to be the minimum.
But before looking at the box office, consider the secondary market. The Yankees are one of two teams in MLB that have not joined the league-wide agreement with StubHub. This is actually a good thing, because there is no floor for Yankees tickets on the secondary market and you can find seats for less than $10 for weeknight games, especially early in the season.
You'll definitely want to get here early as there is a lot to see and do. The Yankee museum behind the plate is very well done and should be visited immediately upon entering. The collection of signed baseballs between figures of Don Larsen and Yogi Berra is really impressive.
Of course, you also have to head over to Monument Park behind center field to pay your respects.
The Great Hall is a worthy entrance to the stadium and merits a point here as well.
There are pennants for every major league team atop the roof and they are always ordered by that day's standings, grouped by division.
Yankee Stadium is big and beautiful, but it lacks the ambience to make it a true neighborhood ballpark. There is so much history here but it seems to be secondary to the new profit maximization aspects. With this ballpark, it is clear that the team is more concerned about generating as much revenue as possible than providing a good fan experience and the atmosphere has suffered. You can beat them at their own game by buying on the secondary market and picking up food and drink outside the stadium for a relative pittance. If you do want to splurge on a ballgame though, Yankee Stadium is the place to do it.
The new Yankee Stadium is from top to bottom an amazing, modernized, well thought out ballpark. The outside structure is reminiscent of the original 1923 ballpark, while the inside is very spacious. No longer are you forced to squeeze through the narrow hallways or walk up/down the overly crowded ramps to go from one level to the next.
The new stadium is full of escalators, wide staircases and ramps, as well as elevators. Aside from the structural changes, the new stadium is full of great restaurants, a wide variety of concessions, with a multitude of tributes to the great Yankees and Yankee teams of the past and present. It is modern, luxurious, but it still looks like the old Yankee Stadium, which makes you feel right at home.
Yankee Stadium was built in 2009, after the franchise spent nearly nine decades in the now-extinct stadium located across the street bearing the same name. Though the previous Yankee Stadium lost much of its charm during the 1974-1975 renovation, there was sadness by many fans as they said goodbye. The change was inevitable as one of the most popular franchises in the world is also one of the most profitable and there was just no way to add all of those money-making features in the old stadium.
Enter the new Yankee Stadium, a ballpark that gave me mixed feelings. Prices have skyrocketed in this stadium, keeping the common fan well away from the diamond. Those high prices include the insanely expensive “Legends” Suites, the seats closest to the infield, which are typically half-empty. This has created an embarrassing scene during playoff games. Secondly, the atmosphere and general noise in the new stadium just feels different.
On the other hand, this is a ballpark with a ton of great features and the whole place feels like a museum to the Yankees. Designers looked back to the old stadium (pre-1970s renovation) and included the iconic frieze, Monument Park, the Bleachers, the short porch in right, and the beautiful entrance way. Combine this with the modern luxury of wide concourses and many good food options and the ballpark is a great home for Yankees fans.
One of my favorite things about Yankee Stadium is the bowling alley (Ball Park Lanes) outside the stadium. It's nothing special, just a divey place, but a good place to spend an hour post game while the traffic dies down.
My excitement about seeing this mammoth stadium was tempered a bit by the security checkpoint. The subway access is great...much like Wrigley. However, it took about 20 minutes to get through security, and I barely got to my seat in time for the game. The food was pretty poor...the pizza I had was on par with most junior high cafeterias, hot dog was lousy too. Beers at $11 a pop made me nauseous. My seat neighbors let me have some garlic fries, which were good. Fans are great...very into the game and their team. They showed a veteran with one arm on the jumbotron, and the standing ovation lasted minutes. It is an awe-inspiring view...the jumbotron is huge and the field still has a sense of history in its second year in existence. Get there very early to see Monument Park...I didn't have a chance before the game, and they close it during the game. I was disappointed by the neighborhood...maybe I didn't know where to look though.
Yankee Stadium is an undeniably beautiful structure and was an absolute treat to experience in person. Its gargantuan rotunda make moving around the ballpark a breeze and the scintillating bigscreen is one suited for kings. There are a lot of cool things to check out around the ballpark including the Yankee Museum and Monument Park. Though on the website it says Monument Park closes 45 minutes before the game, you MUST get there at least 90 minutes before first-pitch as the security guard informed me it takes a while to get everyone out (I couldn't help but feel if I was wearing a different hat I may have been granted entry).
All sorts of food are available ranging from traditional ballpark fare to sushi and even what looked to be a fine dining restaurant...my girlfriend and I literally laughed out loud when we saw it. Regardless, there is nourishment for everyone!
My one complaint about the beverages is the lack of craft beer (clear west-coast beer snobbery here) options with only imported or macro options. I figured if there was a market for sushi at the ballpark, there ought to be one for India pale ales.
The fans were quite impressive (and that is tough for me to say). They were clearly knowledgable, applauded great defensive plays by the visiting team and honored a former World Series MVP in Hideki Matsui. They were engaged with the game until the final pitch. Talking to one fan who has had a partial season ticket plan for a decade, he said "[the fans] aren't like at the old Yankee Stadium". I might be an outsider or naive but I had no complaints.
We took the subway to the game from midtown Manhattan and it was easy. Each ride is $2.25 and you don't have to worry about parking. We were able to purchase tickets through someone unable to attend the night prior. $15 per ticket sat us in the second to last row in sec 417 (a $20 value). Many prefer to sit in the grandstands instead of the bleachers as a large dining/box club area in center field creates a partial obstruction.
Overall, it was a great experience and was an important place for me to cross off my list. I was not disappointed with the structure, experience or fans.
The old Yankee stadium had history, and a little character. Yes, the upper level was steep, and the food was terrible, but it had character and history. Unfortunately, take away that, double the costs, and you have the new Yankee Stadium. I was expecting a lot from the new Yankee Stadium. It's one of the most expensive in Baseball, and sure one would expect a team such as the Yankees to pull out the stops. Sadly, it appears their only concern was how to maximize profits. And it starts before you even enter the stadium. Parking outside the stadium was $35. Almost TWICE what it costs to park at nearby Citifield. The backless metal bleachers remain, and, to make things worse, the view from most of them to Center Field is obstructed. Ticket prices are sky high. The food, while better than at the old stadium, is still nothing to write home about, and typically overpriced. What's worse, you often have to visit several stands to complete an order as most are limited in what they sell. The two main attractions other than the field are the museum and Monument Park. Unfortunately, fans can't see both in a single visit as they only open 2 hours before game time, and close off the lines an hour later. My biggest complaint, however, other than the costs, is that for a new stadium, it simply lacks any character. Of all the new stadiums I've been to, this one is as bland as the team.The museum is ok, and Monument Park is a nice tribute to Yankee greats, but other than that, the park offers NOTHING. If you're not a Yankee Fan, skip this one. It's a huge disappointment
The New Yankee Stadium is nice, but it just doesn't wow you with it's mystic or history like the old Yankee Stadium did.
It was $10 for a mug of hot cocoa and the fans were not there for the game, it was just about talking business. Bad outfield seats were $85 face value! The same seats with a better view are $12 in Pittsburgh.
The stadium is easy to get to with the public transportation, and if you know where to park just three blocks away, you can get parking for $18 for the day instead of the $35 lots.
Overall, the new Yankee Stadium is just middle of the pack, maybe the 20th best stadium in the major leagues. A real shame they ever built it.
Unfortunately for fans of New York I think they got screwed when it comes to the new stadiums as they got 2 of the worst. Yankees Stadium just doesn't offer anything mind blowing. There are a couple cool items to the park but overall very overrated in my opinion.
(disclosure) I am a Yankee fan.
WOW, what a beautiful job they did, and it is big but comfortable. I do miss the old, but ya gotta roll with it. Food is great but prices inside can tend to be a little steep,
A small disclaimer or two. As a Red Sox fan, I'm not disposed to reflect positively on anything related to the Yankees. Also, my visit focused on the game and I didn't do a whole lot of walking around the stadium. Food: The other reviews are very positive. I wouldn't know since we ate before the game. The atmosphere was exactly what you would expect for the final game of the season against the Red Sox. The place was raucous and loud. The fans were hostile (I was wearing a Sox jersey and cap) but not excessively rude and not violent at all. I thought the surrounding neighborhood was pretty lousy. Not Detroit bad but not as nice as Pittsburgh. About the same as Boston or Flushing. Overall, the fans were great. I don't mind them giving me crap, I deserved it. There did seem to be a lot of drunk fans after the game so I'd hesitate to subject kids to that. Maybe it was an aberration. We spent the day wandering around Manhattan (Times Square and points south) and took the subway to Queens. I like the subway and it makes Yankee Stadium very accessible. I'd give a higher rating on Extras except that the memorial area closed long before we got to the park. I'd like to go back and check it out.
I forgot to give my impression of the stadium itself. I think the Yankees missed a great opportunity here. I understand that the sun affects how the field must be oriented but the view of the city from inside the stadium was just awful. All I could see from my upperdeck seats were a bunch of dilapidated buildings. Bummer. Also, on the walk to the upper levels, the stadium is closed off and doesn't offer any view at all. It reminded me of the old Veteran's Stadium in Philly. That's not good. I'd rank the stadium as the worst of the new stadiums.
Yankee Stadium 2 fails to emulate the atmosphere that the first Yankee Stadium was famous for. The fans that can't afford $500 tickets are either WAY up in the 400 level or in the bleachers. The bleachers aren't bad seats, and are the way to go if you're going on a Tuesday when they're five bucks. Check ticket brokers like Stubhub for decent prices for any other game.
If you smoke, all of Yankee Stadium is smoke free. However, go through the Hard Rock Cafe on the 1st base side and there is an outdoor area where you can light up. Bring your ticket stub with you.
The history of the Yankees speaks for itself but when I first went to the "new" stadium all I could think of was mausoleum. There were many opportunities to knock it out of the park with the food and in the Champions Club they do ... BUT ... You don't get the same bang outside the private club ... Oh well
Tickets were too expensive, seats are in a bad viewing position, fans in center field can't even see that well because of the giant protruding wall. Bad experience except for the food. Fans are abusive, and that's saying something since I'm from the North and I am very tolerant of Northerners.
The old Yankee Stadium was an American icon. In spite of the 1970’s renovation that sucked some of the charm out of the old building, attending a game there was still a commune with baseball’s history. There was the field that Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio all played on. There was the copper frieze in center field, and the icons to Yankees past in Monument Park. And the history and spiritual nature of the old stadium was a necessary part of the experience, because truth be told, it was also a dump. Somehow cavernous and cramped at the same time, unfriendly, and with an odd smell in the concourses that never quite went away, the old Yankee Stadium, in spite of its history, was at the end of its useful life when it closed. Its replacement by a billion-dollar palace in 2009 was welcomed by many Yankee regulars.
To get it out of the way right away: the new Yankee Stadium is beautiful. No expense was spared in constructing a high, handsome and gleaming white marble stadium that towers over the same Bronx neighborhood that once held the old stadium. The icons of the old stadium – the frieze, the bleachers, Monument Park, the architectural style – were all transposed to the new stadium, along with all the luxurious club seats, team store, and food options expected of a modern ballpark.
Yet many Yankee regulars have started pining for the old stadium. The twin flaws of the new Yankee Stadium are a sterile, corporate feel at the high end and a complete lack of customer service at the low end. Neither of these things should prevent fans from enjoying their experiences at the stadium, but the result is a ballpark that feels like a government building or a museum: a beautiful building that’s meant to impress and intimidate, not to welcome.
Not much to add here. Place is no longer iconic after being rebuilt a few years ago, but the cynical pricing is terrible. Bottles of beer are $9.75. Fans are OK, but still too many front-runners. Try to get tickets from secondary sellers and avoid giving the Yankees any of your hard-earned money.
I spent a wonderful evening with my partner taking in a Yankee game last summer and we absolutely loved it..We took Metro North into Yankee Stadium..
Concessions are very expensive but you get what pay for..Yankee Stadium has some of the best concessions that I have ever seen in a baseball stadium..
Tickets are expensive($125 per person for Section 223 for a non premium game) and can be hard to get..I tried to get tickets for a game for six weeks and finally managed to get some off of Stubhub after being told by the box office that my game of choice was sold out
Would I go back?? Being a Yankee fan for thirty years the answer is an big YES
Possibly one of the most overrated experiences in all of MLB. Since the Yankees are viewed as the be-all, end-all in the majors, you would think their experience would match ... not so. Tons of gaudy advertising in the view from the seating bowl, sightlines that are not the greatest and obstructed in some cases ... a return on investment where the investment is so high, the return has no chance. If the highlight of the stadium is Monument Park, then it needs to be accessible longer than an hr or so before game time. Employees are not welcoming. With some minor adjustments, the Yankees COULD be in the top experiences in the league, but the arrogance exuded by the franchise preclude that. One simple statement sums up the Yankee experience ... "the Yankees make it seem that you are lucky to be there, rather than the other way around."
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