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Photos Taken April 2009
 
   

Yankee Stadium

Surface: Natural Grass
Capacity: 52, 325
Dimensions: Left 318 ft. Centerfield 408 ft. Right 314 ft.
Stadium Opened: April 3, 2009

 

Stadium Exterior: Indiana Limestone, granite, and concrete are used on the exterior of the stadium.  The exterior was modeled after the original Yankee Stadium when it opened in 1923.  “Yankee Stadium” is written in gold letters on the limestone and it is also spelled out in large blue letters on the top of the stadium. Babe Ruth Plaza is located in front of the stadium.

 

Banners of current Yankees are displayed on one side of the stadium which look really nice. The other side of the stadium looks bare and empty, there are no pictures or banners.

Combination of traditional elements and modern amenities: The Yankees did a great job incorporating some of the trademark elements from old Yankee Stadium such as the facade/frieze. Now, the facade is placed back to where it originally was when the old stadium opened, which is above the seating bowl.  This is a nice classy touch. There is also an opening in the wall beyond the bleachers where fans can see the #4 Train go by, just like you could in the old stadium.  In addition, the field dimensions are exactly the same at the new park as they were at its predecessor.  One suggestion I have is that it seems to me that there is way too much exposed concrete throughout the stadium that is not painted a color.  It looks ok now, but I am worried about how it is going to look once the park starts to age.  My fear is that the stadium will not look new for long.   This is nothing that a few coats of paint can’t fix, and I think it will make the park look a whole lot nicer. 

The Great Hall: When entering the stadium, fans scan their ticket’s barcode and are greeted with the infamous line, “Welcome to Yankee Stadium” from Bob Sheppard, longtime P.A .announcer.  The next thing that catches your attention upon entering the stadium is The Great Hall, which contains 20 banners of past Yankees greats.  The Great Hall runs between Gate 4 and Gate 6 of the stadium.  Inside The Great Hall, there are also vendors, elevators, and a huge video board. 

Monument Park: features retired numbers and plaques of former Yankees.  It closes 45 minutes before game time, so if you’d like to visit Monument Park, be sure to do it upon your arrival to the game. 

Bleachers: The Bleachers section is now open to the rest of the park.  “Bleacher Creatures” are now free to mix in with the general population.  One issue among some fans (although, it doesn’t bother me as much as some people) is the obstructed view from the Bleachers due to the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar.  The Yankees tried to compensate for this as best as they could by installing 3 LCD TV’s on each side of the obstruction.  My opinion is that you get what you pay for…..if you only are spending $12 on a ticket and now have access to the entire stadium, that’s a pretty good deal.  So what, if you miss a little bit of the action, just take a look at the video screen, that’s why they are there.  It’s not like these fans are paying top dollar for these seats, so I don’t quite understand all the complaining.  Sure, it’s not the ideal design, but it’s nothing that I am going to get worked up over.  There is also a nice area in the Bleachers area where there are a few high tables for fans to stand and eat while watching the game.

 

Flags: Flags representing every Major League team sits atop the facade. The order of the flags corresponds with the current standings.

Hungry?: Wide variety of food on all levels of the stadium. Also, fans are allowed to bring in sealed bottles of water. That's a $5 savings right there!

  • Hard Rock Café

  • Mohegan Sun Sports Bar

  • NYY Steak

  • Johnny Rockets

  • Nathan’s

  • New York Yankees Food Court

  • Famiglia Pizza

  • Traditional Ballpark favorites (hot dogs, pretzels, and peanuts)

  • Specialty Stands:  Garlic Fries, Philly Cheesesteaks, Popcorn Indiana, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Lobel’s of NY (steak),  Boar’s Head Sandwiches,  Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Otis Spunkmeyer, The Big Apple (candy apples), Noodle Bowls, Melissa’s (fresh fruits), and Dale and Thomas Popcorn

  • Triple Play Grill (Buffalo Chicken sliders, beef sliders, etc.)

  • I loved the way the vendors at a beer stand in The Great Hall were wearing old time uniforms.

  • Credit Cards taken at all stands

  • Friendlier and more competent workers at the concession stands.  You no longer feel like you are at the DMV being greeted by disgruntled workers who hate their jobs.  I think I actually saw them smile.

The Bigger, the Better: Just in case you miss any action while sitting in the stadium, just take a look at the HUGE video board in Centerfield.  It is crystal clear and surprisingly not too overwhelming. The video board is 59 feet by 101 feet.

Honoring Team History: The Great Hall and Monument Park are ways the Yankees have chosen to honor their past (See Design/Layout Section).  Despite the new stadium and new layout of Monument Park, die-hard Yankees fans should still get chills while looking at the retired numbers and plaques.  The banners in the Great Hall bring back old memories and reminders of past greatness, as well as the many photographs located throughout the stadium’s interior.  There are also retired numbers displayed on the wall in the Bleachers section along with the years that the Yankees have won world championships. 

Game Atmosphere: With the absence of longtime Public Address announcer, Bob Sheppard, new Yankee Stadium has lost a little bit of its charm.  But if you find yourself longing for familiarity, don’t worry….Derek Jeter will always walk up to the plate to the recording of Bob Sheppard announcing “Now batting, for the Yankees, the shortstop #2, Derek Jeter, #2”. 

An aspect of the atmosphere that I was happy with was that many of the sound effects were brought across the street to the new park.  Of course, Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” is still played at the end of the game and Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” is still played during the 7th inning stretch.  The “PC Richard’s” sound effect is still played after a Yankees pitcher strikes out a batter and the siren and clock sound effects are played after a Yankees homerun. 

As you would assume, the fans are hard core and into the game.  The “Bleacher Creatures” conduct “roll call” during the 1st inning just as they did in the old park. 

New York, New York: Many of the concessions incorporate a regional feel to the stadium.  NY pretzels are sold, as well as stands called “NY Grill” and “The Big Apple”.  When you smell the aroma of a pretzel being warmed on a charcoal grill, there’s no mistaking where you are!

One of the in-between innings games on the video board is “The Great Subway Race” which is a fan favorite.  Also, (as I mentioned above) Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” is played as fans are exiting the park.  When that music comes on, you certainly know you are in New York. 

Parking: parking is $19 and can be pre-paid through http://www.baseball-parking.com/.

Suggestions for Improvement:

  • Paint should be applied to many of the exposed sections of cement throughout the park as well as the bleachers.  The bleachers would look better if they were blue.  Right now, from a distance it looks like the fans in the Bleachers are sitting on concrete steps.  It looks unfinished. 

  • Larger area in the outfield concourse containing more high tables for fans to eat at. 

  • More vendors should sport old-time uniforms like the beer vendors in The Great Hall.

  • Decorate the Jerome Ave. side of the exterior of the stadium.

Overall Rating: 8

Questions? Comments? E-Mail me:amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com