Yankee Stadium – First Impressions

5/20/2009:

I seized the moment last night – and attended a Yankees game, when I should have been catching up on today’s stories.

How’d you get tickets?

This year, I found out that I can attend pretty much any New York Yankees game I want – provided it’s at the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar!

The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar is a component of the new stadium located in dead center field, underneath the bleacher concession stand. It’s a moderate sized venue with two bars, various “high-top” tables and about 128 assigned seats – located in a hermetically sealed and tinted glass chamber. You can either pay for a “pass” to gain entrance to the bar/restaurant and stand (cheap – I think under $10) – or pay $90 for entrance and an assigned seat in one of two rows in the front of the establishment.

(Here’s a photo gallery of 80 random shots I took last night throughout the stadium)

A good spot to get into the stadium, though

My friend and I weren’t necessarily impressed with this center field nuisance of a venue to watch baseball. Here’s a quick 5am half-asleep summary:

Pros:

  • You get a fairly comfortable seat, with minimal distractions
  • Quick, efficient waitress service
  • Easy access to a small bathroom
  • Better beer selection than the stadium
  • Climate controlled
  • Free (for 411)

Cons:

  • Nice view at first – but very far away – hard to see pitch by pitch
  • No “ambient” sound of the stadium crowd
  • Can’t see the giant HD DiamondVision screen
  • Hit or miss menu of food (the mini sliders were terrible – just dry meatballs on tough potato rolls) – but “Truffle Fries” were fantastic. Oh, and the “fresh” potato chips were also tasty.
  • Feel “isolated” from the game – the radio broadcast is awful
  • The tinted windows give the constant impression of an impending thunderstorm

So after about two or three innings – we spend the rest of the game walking around the stadium – and WOW!!

Best stadium in baseball

Touring the new stadium was by far the best aspect of the night. We cruised each level top to bottom – and were amazed at the amount of baseball you can watch without ever being seated.

Nooks and crannies to explore everywhere, from tucked away “lounges” to exclusive “players clubs” and restaurants reserved for premium ticket holders – it’s certainly an engineering masterpiece.

The best parts of the design were the wide concourses and easy navigation. The “bottlenecks” were far and few between, bathrooms never had lines and food & drink options every 25 feet. You never felt “cramped” in this stadium.

I personally enjoyed the vantage point from higher perspectives – but will try out the super-seats behind home plate at some point this season!

Has anyone else been to the stadium? What are your thoughts?

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9 Comments on "Yankee Stadium – First Impressions"

mikey578041
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mikey578041

Artie Lange said it best “Going to the new Yankee Stadium is like having a catch with your step-dad next to your real dad’s grave”

Elpico
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Elpico

I was there Monday night 7-6 win over Twinns. Started out in 430section Grandstand way above left field. got tix on Twitter for 30. Could not pick up the ball off the bat, couldn’t tell a pop up from a Home run for a few seconds. Could not see the ball leave the park on Teixera’s and A-Rods homers to left field. Decided to move down after scoping some empty seats with my binoculars on first deck behind first base. They have gate keepers checking tix at every row in every section (except grandstand, where nobody moves to). In old stadium, you could move into any section other than the field boxes up front. When a young woman distracted the gatekeeper, I told my friend to follow me and flash his ticket to the gatekeeper as we walked by. Worked like a charm and watched the last 4 innings from great seats. I like the walking areas with views to the field at all levels. The sound system is 100 percent improved, still too loud but better quality; not as much ear splitting commercials and rock music. A little more organ music after final outs. Gone is the crush of humanity just inside the Stadium and the packed ramps on leaving. Not sure how long it is to exit up top since we made it down to the second level. All in all, -A, +B

bradykp
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bradykp
they always checked tickets on the loge level too. you had to sneak down past them when they weren’t looking on the main level and on the loge level. they’re just being more strict about it this year. In response to Elpico who said: I was there Monday night 7-6 win over Twinns. Started out in 430section Grandstand way above left field. got tix on Twitter for 30. Could not pick up the ball off the bat, couldn’t tell a pop up from a Home run for a few seconds. Could not see the ball leave the park on Teixera’s and A-Rods homers to left field. Decided to move down after scoping some empty seats with my binoculars on first deck behind first base. They have gate keepers checking tix at every row in every section (except grandstand, where nobody moves to). In old stadium, you could move into any section other than the field boxes up front. When a young woman distracted the gatekeeper, I told my friend to follow me and flash his ticket to the gatekeeper as we walked by. Worked like a charm and watched the last 4 innings from great seats. I like the walking areas with views to the field at all levels. The sound system is 100 percent improved, still too loud but better quality; not as much ear splitting commercials and rock music. A little more organ music after final outs. Gone is the crush of humanity just inside the Stadium and… Read more »
Yankgrl
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Yankgrl

I completely agree with BklynHobo. I also have grandstand seats behind homeplate mine are also $25. Pretty cheap considering we’re in the #1 market in the country. Also, if you were to look on stubhub right now there are some amazing deals. Yesterday there were tickets available for tonight for $11 in the grandstands, that’s CHEAPER than sitting the the bleachers.

The ads were all over the old stadium and if you were to look at pictures from the 50’s and 60’s there were even more ads around the scoreboard.

Yes, this isn’t the stadium we all knew and loved and maybe once it is finally gone it’ll be a little easier for me to walk into the new one, but it is much easier to leave the park in the new stadium and I think eventually everyone will warm to it. The Yankees acknowledge the history of the team almost everywhere you walk in the new stadium, from what I’ve heard although they have a great ballpark you would think the Dodgers/Giants moved back east when it comes to history at Citi Field.

Hoboken007
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Hoboken007

This place looks nice, but it’s a huge blunder…all corporate, the true fans are priced out or in crappy seats far away from the action…why would the yanks want to give away their home field advantage?

BklynHobo
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You obviously have not been there, or know anything about ticket prices. Are there a lot of ads, yes, but the old stadium had ads everywhere you looked too. The only tickets they priced too high are the ones on the first level between the bases. All other seats are moderate to low priced. I have great season tickets behind the plate in the grandstand level that are $25 each. How you call that high boggles my mind. They did not give away any advantage, when they are rallying or doing well, the stadium goes just as crazy as ever.

I also disagree with the other guy. I think they did a great job bringing the Yankee history into the new place. You obviously wouldn’t have been happy with anything but the old stadium.

Another great thing about the new place, when the game is over, you are out in about 10 minutes. They did a great job making sure the flow works, and people can move. I love it, and look forward to every game.

In response to Hoboken007 who said:
This place looks nice, but it’s a huge blunder…all corporate, the true fans are priced out or in crappy seats far away from the action…why would the yanks want to give away their home field advantage?

strand tramp
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strand tramp

hey, how about uniforms with a large “blue screen” square on the back? that way the broadcasters can digitally put a sponsor’s logo on the players uniform during the game. they can put different logos throughout the game, and can tailor them to specific broadcast markets. i can see it now: “batting next is Millionaire Rodriguez, and you can see the change of his uniform…that’s because this 7th inning stretch is brought to you by Bud-Lite!”
they can do the same thing with the caps, or the bases, the players faces, even the ball for that matter! cool right? this is what you guys pay for right? steroid millionaires and corp logos! yeah baseball.

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