Ten Tips For Visiting Yankee Stadium
Some things to know when taking a trip to see those overpaid, I mean, 27-time champion New York Yankees...
This lens shares some tips for anyone planning a visit to the majestic and amazing new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. You don't want to get caught in traffic, pay too much, or cause yourself any other trouble that will have you grumbling about your experience at this outstanding venue.
Tip 1: Get Ticket Alerts
SIgn up for the Yankees ticket alert newsletter. Great deals there.
Yankee Stadium is not a cheap ticket, but there are ways to get discounts on tickets, even find games where tickets can be as low as $5 (before those dastardly "convenience" fees, that is)! One of the best ways to stay on top of deals that the Yankees are offering is to sign up for their ticket alert e-mail newsletter. You'll get some sort of deals just about every Monday or Tuesday in your inbox, and you should never have to pay full price for some of the seats in Yankee Stadium.
Tip 2: Do. Not. Drive.
OK, drive to the stadium if you want, but you have been duly warned...
Were you thinking you could handle the drive to Yankee Stadium? Stop it, now. Not only is the parking so expensive you won't have any money left for one of those program pencils, but the traffic to get there is rough too, this being New York City and not far from the George Washington Bridge (which also now carries an insane $12 toll) if you're coming from NJ . Even with several people in the car chipping in, it's not worth it.
There are plenty of ways to get to Yankee Stadium without driving your car into the Bronx-take an MTA B, D, or 4 train to 161st Street; use the Metro-North to the new 153rd Street Station; use a B13 MTA bus; ride on a NY Waterway ferry even. Avoid driving to Yankee Stadium unless you absolutely have to.
Tip 3: Bring Your Own
The Yankees let you bring your own food in, within reason.
Tickets aren't the only thing that comes at a high price in the new Yankee Stadium; food is pretty pricey here, even by the generally ridiculous standards of a ballpark. But the Yankees do allow you to bring in a 16*16*8 bag, so long as there's no alcohol, glass or unsealed bottles (among a few other things) in it. So you can take advantage of the local fast food places on 161st Street near the ballpark: McDonald's, Subway, and Burger King to name a few.
There's also a small eatery called the Court Deli on 161st that is popular with fans on game day. Stop in one of these places beforehand or find a small market for peanuts and bottled water and such. Will save you much cash.
Tip 4: Use The Secret Entrance
Avoid the lines at the gate using the double secret entrance!
Many Yankees games draw good-sized crowds, and most of those fans will be entering the ballpark at the Great Hall entrances, which are close to the 161st Street train station.
So if you don't want to wait in those long lines as the Stadium begins to fill up, try going in through the Hard Rock CafÃ©, which has a door inside that leads out into the main concourse and usually has no line for waiting. (You still need a ticket, of course.) From there you can head straight to Monument Park and beat the crowd!
Tip 5: Visit Monument Park
Definitely see Monument Park; it's a great tribute to baseball history.
You may hate the Yankees, but you can't deny their winning history, and it's celebrated in Monument Park in center field. There are monuments to some of the greatest players in baseball history here: names like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and Berra. Someday, no doubt, Jeter and Rivera and possibly Cano will be enshrined here. The best part of all is seeing the Steinbrenner monument, placed on the wall after his passing in 2010-and it's the biggest one of all. He was, of course, The Boss.
Try to get to Monument Park early if you can. It gets crowded pretty quickly, and it closes 45 minutes before game time. It's well worth seeing.
Tip 6: Be Careful With Standing Room
There's standing room at Yankee Stadium, but it's dicey.
There is a lot of standing room at Yankee Stadium, but it isn't necessarily standing room in the traditional sense of being able to stand wherever you want. Some of it includes counters with numbers for your standing spot; the higher-priced ones will have bar stools in front of them that everyday Joes just walking around can't use.
In the upper level, there really isn't a great place to stand; the standing room spots are missing a good portion of the field. You might as well just try to find a spot in the lower concourse to stand. Standing room can also be overpriced; if you have a choice, try to find a seat on StubHub if you can.
Tip 7: Avoid Obstructed Views
There are other obstructed view seats in the ballpark.
I mentioned already the possibility of obstructed views with standing room; there are also a couple things to watch out for elsewhere. For starters, the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar in center field sits between Sections 201 and 239; if you're sitting too close to it you can lose a good portion of the field. The Yankees know this and "possible obstructed view" tickets are sold in these sections at a discount. Still, if you're in the first three or four rows, you shouldn't lose much at all, so it can be worth the low price.
The field level seats are fairly expensive, although they are padded and extremely comfortable. But if you like seeing the scoreboard, avoid the higher rows-say 10 or above of the Field Level sections down the line and in the outfield. For the cost of these seats, you should be able to see everything.
Tip 8: Have a Lobel's Beef Sandwich
It's beefy. It's juicy. It's a go-to food item at Yankee Stadium.
I know I said to bring your own food into Yankee Stadium, but I didn't say that there were no culinary delights worth sampling even at these prices. Lobel's is a local meat provider who vends top quality beef to many of the best New York City steakhouses, and their beef sandwich-located on the main concourse down the left field line-is one of the tastiest sandwiches you'll ever eat at a ballpark.
It's a big pile of grade A beef piled onto an onion-flavored Kaiser style roll, with a delightfully spicy horseradish sauce to go with it. It's messy, juicy, and delicious, and if any food item is worth the price at Yankee Stadium, it's a Lobel's beef sandwich.
Tip 9: Visit The Yankees Museum
The Yankees Museum is every bit worth checking out as Monument Park.
Yankee Stadium is full of the history of the most successful team in any major sport, and it's not just at Monument Park. The Yankees Museum, located near Gate 6, is a medium-sized room full of artifacts from the team's successes. There are statues of Don Larsen and Yogi Berra, as Larsen throws the last pitch of his World Series perfect game to Berra; there are old ads from the Babe Ruth years; World Series trophies from several eras, including the "Derek Jeter Era"; and a fantastic model of the new stadium.
Check out some of the names on the many signed baseballs on display, in between the Larsen and Berra statues.
Tip 10: Enjoy The Post-Game Scene
There's lots of places to buy cheap souvenirs or celebrate a Yankees win.
OK, so maybe you're not comfortable being in the Bronx after the game. But since the trains will be packed taking people back into Manhattan, why not look for some cheaper souvenirs or have a drink at Stan's or the Yankee Tavern before heading back? There are several shops right across the street from the ballpark that sell T-shirts and other items, and Stan's and the Yankee Tavern are both popular post-game hangouts where you can socialize with Yankees fans. You don't have to stay long, but it's all part of the experience.
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Last updated on January 3, 2013
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