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YANKEE STADIUM FAN REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Submitted By: Rob Onderko Grade: C
Pros of the ballpark:
: I would give New Yankee Stadium a C. That is only because of the fact that I am a Yankee Fan. The outside of the stadium is beautiful, and around the outside is unchanged due to the fact that it is in the same neighborhood as the old Stadium. That is a pro for this Stadium. The neighborhood is what gives this new stadium its charm on the outside. From the Sports Bars to the little food places, to the stores where all they sell is Yankee Gear, those are all places that have been staples for me since I started going to games at the Old Stadium some 20 years ago. The best part of New Yankee Stadium inside and out is the illustrious history of the franchise. No sports team has more of it, and the Yankees did a phenomenal job of capturing as many moments as possible. The concourses are much wider than the Old Stadium which is a big pro. And once you are in your seat, you can feel a lot of the Old Stadium with the dimensions, and if you replace the black bleachers with gigantic panes of glass encasing the Mohegan Sun Bar area. The seating is very comfortable. The ease of getting to the Stadium is awesome, especially with mass transit from Connecticut, and parking is ample. The museum is awesome too, which I was only able to access because I did the tour of the Stadium with my wife. Do not even try to go on gameday to that or Monument Park, you will not get to see either, the line is ridiculous.
Cons of the ballpark: Ok, the list. The prices. From tickets to concessions, this place is going to cost you, so I hope you are bringing your credit card, especially if you are bringing the family. If it was possible, the Yankees would charge you to choose the ABC gum on the bottom of the seat you are sitting in. The feel of the Stadium is nothing like the Old Stadium once you get past the dimensions and some of the features around the field. It has a corporate feel that is clear throughout the Stadium. I have not yet sat below the Grandstand level, because that is reserved exclusively for Wall St. apparently, which I am guessing they are even having a hard time affording due to some of the empty seats around on the lower levels. There is a steakhouse, a Hard Rock Cafe and about ten bars throughout the stadium where you can spend up to $12 PER drink if you so choose. The black bleachers have been replaced by the Mohegan Sun Bar, which if you are sitting in certain spots in the bleachers can completely obstruct your view of any action going on in the field. Oh, and depending on what sections you hit during BP, the ushers will sometimes not let you down to the field unless they are in the right mood on the given day.

Additional Comments: I cannot take what has happened to the Yankee franchise and their Stadium. The new park, and the Yankees themselves are so commercial now it is almost sickening. I understand it is a business, but I can only take so much. I will always love, watch and support my Yankees, but that doesn't mean I have to support this joke of a giant Steakhouse/ Tommy Bahamas chain. Very disappointed with the Yankee brass and their greed in pushing fans out of the Stadium altogether in some cases.

Submitted By: Thomas Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark: The grade is more like a B - .The Sight Lines are great! The Seats are more comfortable & with more leg room. The Bathrooms are plentiful. The food is superb compared to the old stadium. It(the food) might seem expensive if you live in the suburbs or are visiting from the mid-west or south, but the food is comparable to prices in Manhattan. I do commend the Yankees for letting you bring in your own food & bottled water. (but you can not bring in soda or alcohol) The Exterior facade is beautiful! Looks like the "Old Yankee Stadium" from the time Babe Ruth Played. The Scoreboards are state of the art and always displaying interesting player stats' and history. The "Great Hall" on the 161 st. is a great way to enter the Stadium. The Bleacher seats are $15( I think they are getting raised this year thou) and you can access the whole stadium. They are not isolated from the stadium like the old one. Most of the seats in the upper deck are $2 0-$25.(if you look on ticket websites like StubHub, sometimes you can get tickets for as little as $5 for some games) New Yankee Stadium is also much easier to get in and out of the compared to the old one. You can also get mixed drinks & hard liquor now. Also, I'm very glad the Yankees' brass didn't sell the naming rights to a corporation. They also play a great selection of Music in between innings. I have heard everything from the Beastie Boys, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Nirvana,Kayne West etc. Also, I never get tired of doing the Y.M.C.A in the 5th Inning.
Cons of the ballpark: For a stadium that cost 1 Billion dollars, the place is a little too sterile and boring. I was expecting more. It can feel like you are at a mall and not at a ballpark. The Lower Level Ticket Prices are insane!! $350.00 to sit in a box seat in between the bases. And don't get me started about the "Legends" Section.( I hate it) DO NOT drive to Yankee Stadium! Parking is crazy expensive...$35.Since I live in Manhattan, I take the B, D or 4 Subway Lines to games. There is even a Metro North Station now. (Suburban Train Line) In "New" Yankee Stadium, Monument Park is barley visible and personally I find that quite offensive. This is minor, but they never show replays on the Jumbo-Tron.
Additional Comments: My father and I have had 20 game ticket plans for about 10 years now. We love the Yanks and love going to the games, but we really miss the old Stadium. There was a certain energy that is missing now, except for when Boston is in town .(Maybe fans are too busy walking around waiting and buying stuff). Living in NYC I am surrounded by restaurants, bars and retail stores, so I don't need them when I go to a baseball game. And the Yankees put a little too many in the new place. I've been to about half of the new stadiums/Ballparks around the country. "New" Yankee Stadium is nice, it pays homage to the great Yankee History and is a somewhat better place to "see" the game, but it does not compare to the other newer ballparks like Camden Yards(My personal fav) or PNC park or even Citi Field.

Submitted By: Yankee Fan Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: As a Yankee Fan it shows alot of the great history of the Yankees. Every sight line of the stadium where ever you sit is pretty good. The Museum in the stadium is awesome. The Game Day experience is also very awesome and its worth going to this stadium. Also lastly you will see alot of homeruns hit while there because the left center and right field wall are half way in.
Cons of the ballpark: Monument park is too small it was larger in the old stadium. Also Paying $35 for parking in a lot thats crummy as it is not worth it. Take the Subway to the game it costs less and faster to get out of the stadium.
Additional Comments: Yankee Stadium is where championship teams are made.

Submitted By: Sean Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: I may be biased as a Yankee Fan, but this is a great ballpark. The structure is amazing and the features are excellent. Monument park, the Yankee Museum and the Great hall are all really nice. The view from just about every seat is nice. Just an all around great ballpark to see a game.
Cons of the ballpark: Too Expensive. Food is overpriced, tickets are too expensive, parking prices are absurd. The average blue collar fans are all relegated to the upper deck, while the good seats are designated for just corporate people. While the stadium may be a great place to see a game, nothing can compare to the atmosphere of the original stadium.
Additional Comments: Nice stadium, just expensive.

Submitted By: Ronald Theriot Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: I liked the general excitement of the people entering and attending the game, the awesome stadium design, the extreme cleanliness, and the exceptional sight lines. There are lots of places to hang out before/after games in the neighborhood.
Cons of the ballpark: If there are any negatives to associate with this new baseball shrine, I'm not aware of them.
Additional Comments: The Yankees scored a home run with this instant legend.

Submitted By: John Grade: F
Pros of the ballpark: It's a glitzy, high-tech ballpark that will give the rich all of the amenities that they could possibly imagine. Cushioned seats, dedicated entrances, private elevators..etc. New scoreboard is nice too.
Cons of the ballpark: Everything else. If you can't afford to pay $1500, you get stuck in the upper level. Even though the Yankees "claim" games are sellouts, HUGE holes of empty seats dot the entire stadium, with entire sections empty in the lower level. The stadium is definitely quieter as the real fans have been replaced by the rich who sit and do not cheer.
Additional Comments: The stadium is nice, but the environment is completely different from the old stadium. I would go to see a game, but don't expect to be hear much aside from the music the speakers blare in, and the incessant pleas to cheer.

Submitted By: Henry R.. Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: This is a beautiful, classic ballpark. It is a modernized replica of the old Yankee Stadium. It seems to fit the Yankees well, and it carries on the old park's legacy of being the home of Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and DiMaggio. In terms of the experience, it is a great way to see a baseball game. The seats are all angled perfectly so that you can see home plate no matter where you are. There are many seating options to choose from, with many unique seating options. The bleachers are fine, and you can see the whole field fine, and the bleachers are a great, inexpensive way to watch a game. Most of the attendees are very passionate Yankee fans, so there is excitement in the air and it is a great baseball atmosphere. The food, although it is expensive, is very good. There are many places to buy food in the stadium, and the Rock Hard Cafe and NYY Steak are great before-game restaurants. Check out the exhibits and other sites. Monument Park is very cool I hear, although I haven't been there yet. The stadium is located close to a subway station, the Major Deegan, and the GWB. Parking isn't much of a pain as long as you get there fairly early. All in all, it is a great, family-friendly park that is a great place to watch a game.
Cons of the ballpark: Very expensive! Everything - the food and most of the seats, is expensive. You might want to bring binoculars, especially if you are sitting in the top level, which is very high up.
Additional Comments: I am a huge Yankees fan, so maybe I'm a little bit biased. But it's a great baseball atmosphere on game day, and the park says "glory" from the moment you see it. Perfectly fitting for the Yankees, and it's a great place to see a great team play ball.

Submitted By: Steve Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark: Interior part of the ballpark (museum, the great hall) adds a nice touch to the park, showing the rich tradition of the Yanks. The park is a good replica of the the original Yankee Stadium.
Cons of the ballpark: The park segregates fans with the mote around the lower level. The seating/food prices are sickening. Upper deck was built too far from the field of play. The stadium has a cold, corporate feel rather than a ballpark feel.
Additional Comments: This park was designed for corporations and the wealthy. The fans of the past who supported the Yanks through thick and thin have been forced out. The Yanks have forgotten who they are.

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Joe M. Grade: C
Pros of the ballpark: new design allows fans to walk completely around the stadium instead of the horseshoe of the old stadium. Modern amenities makes it convenient and fast to get snacks or take a quick bathroom break. The scoreboard is absolutely beautiful.
Cons of the ballpark: This is nothing like the old stadium. There is something about the nostalgia and the history of the old park that you just can't replace. It was a tragedy that they moved out and should have never been allowed to happen.
Additional Comments: This is coming from a Yankee fan since birth. I love the Yankees and would go to see them play in a little league park if I had to. You can't buy presence and there wasn't a more imposing structure then Yankee Stadium. This place has big shoes to fill.

 

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