Yankee Stadium – First Impressions
I seized the moment last night – and attended a Yankees game, when I should have been catching up on today’s stories.
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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:
- 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)
- 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?