Even if you're not a fan of the New York Yankees, there is no denying the history and legend of the team and their famous stadium. Located in the South Bronx, just a short subway ride from midtown Manhattan, the stadium is easily accessible and a true New York experience. If the Yanks are in town, you may be able to purchase tickets to a game (after all, there are over 50,000 seats in the stadium!) -- seats in the bleachers will only cost you $12 (no alcohol permitted). However, the Yankees also have select games where you can purchase tickets in the upper tier for only $5. There is even a family package which includes a ticket, 2 hot dogs and a soda for one low price. If you plan to go to the game, make sure you get there early to check out batting practice and Monument Park. If you happen to be here when the Yanks are out of town, consider taking a tour of the stadium. The new Yankee stadium also has a museum on the upper level.
Equipment: Check the weather and dress accordingly -- it can get cold in the stands on a brisk night. If it rains and you're in the upper deck, you will get soaked. If the sun is out, wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a hat.
Baseball. You have not lived until you have rode the subway to Yankee Stadium, ate a hot dog, drank a few beers, and watched my boys do what they do best. I try to make it to NY once a year to watch a game.
One of these days - I'll post how I became a Yankees fan at the tender age of seven (funny) and how I came about seeing Yankee Stadium for the first time. (also funny)
Equipment: Bring a camera, money, and subway pass.
Watching the Yankees play is a great way to spend a few hours in NYC. Yankee fans are very proud of their team and with good reason. The Yankees have won the most World Series Championships ever - 26! The old stadium is full of historical moments and the new stadium is state of the art. The Yankees always have a roster full of great players, such as Derek Jeter, Matt Damon, and Alex Rodriguez. The stadium is easy to get to on the subway.
Equipment: MONEY - food, drinks, and souvenirs are very expensive as they are at every sporting event. Cool clothes in the summer, warmer clothes for evenings in the spring and fall.
We came to New York because Hubby just had to see the old Yankee Stadium one more time before it was torn down. We got tickets for a tour, which apparently were hot items this year. They took us first to the Monument Park which is really a mini hall of fame. So many great players have played here that it is pretty amazing. The Yankees have won 26 world championships. That says alot about their tradition and the stadium is where it all happened. Then we got to walk on the field back to the dugout where we sat in the same seats the players do. That was fun to see the field from their angle. Then on up to the press box. Yeah, they have a great view too. Because it was game day we didn't get to see the clubhouse, but that's okay.
We came back later that night for the game. We didn't see the Yankees warm up, they do that before the gates are opened. Andy Pettitte pitched a shut out,,,saved by Mariano Rivera, boy did the stands roar when he came out! By choice we sat on the very last row out past third base. The people up there were great. We all had a great time, lots of fun and cheering. We took the #D train back with the cars crammed tight with fans.
The new stadium next door looks awesome. We just might have to come back again :-)
Unless he was as handy with a hammer as he was with a baseball bat, probably not. But the history of Yankee Stadium, when it was originally built in the early 1920's, is that Ruth made the Yankees too big for the Polo Grounds that they erected a new stadium for him in the Bronx. And there is stands, even with a renovation in the 1970's. Until next season though, when a new Yankee Stadium will open right across the street.
Yankee Stadium is a huge part of New York's history and worth the visit, especially with the Yankees in town. Enjoy the most famous, historical sports stadium in the United States, and hopefully a great ballgame too. The Yankees are North America's most successful sports team with 26 World Series championships under their belt. For many years, the New York Giants played their home games there too. Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Jackson, Jeter...they've all worked their magic at Yankee Stadium.
If you can't see a game, you can take a guided tour of the Stadium. Check out Monument Park in left field, with tributes to all the Yankee greats. You can visit that before games too.
Yep, the Stadium is showing its age-sightlines and corridors are a little small and it lacks some modern comforts. And yes, it's VERY expensive. But there's simply no place quite like Yankee Stadium.
Everyone should see a Yankee game at least once at Yankee Stadium. The stadium is always packed, the fans are nuts and you just have a great time. As recent as a few years back I'd attend at least 4 or 5 a year, not much but always had a good time while I was there. For the most part we would hang out for a few innings and then leave before the crowd.
I haven't been to a Yankee game in over a year, but I do go to the Mets games, my babe is a season ticket holder and you'll see me at Shea Stadium helping him root for his team.
As a baseball fan I had to take in a game in the Mecca of baseball, Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees are arguably the most famous baseball team in the world. During my visit the Yankees were hosting my favourite baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
When I arrived in New York, I asked the concierge at my hotel how I would get Yankee tickets and it proved to be remarkably easy. Just two blocks from my hotel was the Yankee store where they sold them. I picked up a upper tier reserved ticket for $21.00. This proved to be a great seat if a little cramped. It was right behind home plate and the view of the field was very good. You can also pick up tickets at the stadium box office and Ticketmaster.
Yankee Stadium itself was completed in 1923. It is known as "the House that Ruth Built" for the fact that the team became so popular in the 1920's when Babe Ruth played for the Yankees and popularized the team. The stadium was seriously renovated in 1974-75. In 1976 it was re-opened resembling the building that you have today. If you want to catch a game in today's Yankee Stadium then you have until the end of the 2008 season. The New York Yankees will be moving to the nearby new stadium in 2009.
The fans in New York are very intense but as fellow who was cheering for the other team, I found them much more friendly than Red Sox fans (take that Boston!). Of note the starting pitcher for the Yanks in the game I attended was future Hall of Famer, Roger Clemens. The Yankees beat the Jays 7 to 1 I am sad to say.
If you like baseball, a trip to NYC will provide you with two opportunities to see a game. If you like the American league the Yankees are waiting for you. If you prefer the National League, then the Mets are avaiable. You can travel to both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium via subway for just a couple dollars.
We bought tickets for a baseball game and went to see the YANKEES. We saw them play against Tampa Bay and it was a unique atmosphere in the wonderful stadium.
The stadium is situated in the Bronx. We took the subway to get there.
As they said in "Bull Durham..."
Some days you win
Some days you lose
and some days it rains...
...and today was one of those days.
So I missed my shot to see Yankee Stadium, but I have until 2009 to see it before it is rebuilt.
One tip I can verify for you, despite not getting in, is that the website is not kidding when they say "no backpacks allowed." Yankee Stadium has very strict regulations on what you can and cannot bring into the park, and, judging from all the folks carrying their belongings in see-through plastic bags, they enforce them. They don't allow umbrellas either, so if it looks like rain, bring (or buy) a poncho.
I was rained out, but I do have the option to trade my ticket in for a similarly priced ticket - subject to availability - anytime within one year. Since I only paid $5 for the ticket, I'm not sure I'll be able to do it, or that it will be worthwhile to do so. But I do plan to go back to New York soon, so I'll just have to try again.
Another location I got to just in the knick of time was Yankee Stadium it is scheduled to be replaced in 2009. I was excited to see the famous Yankee Stadium, it is one of the most famous baseball stadiums in history.
I sat in Section M1, Row B, Seat 4 directly behind the home plate for $71 USD. There was plenty of ambiance and atmosphere at the game just like I expected.
When I was attending a Yankees game I met Mr. Elvis "Bambula" and Domingo "Pujols". They are both barbers at the Jordan Sport Barber Shop. Apparently the owner used to be a baseball player and knew a lot of the ball players before they made the big leagues. After they made it and he became a barber they showed their support by getting their hair cut there.
They guys shows us lots of pictures of the famous ball players getting their hair done and I later checked them out online.
So I thought if your in New York, need a hair cut and want to check out some sports memorabilia and possible meet a baseball player this seems like it is your best bet!
They guys were funny and seemed nice enough to me. Have fun!
Number one on any person's agenda for New York (tourist or otherwise) should be to go to a Yankees game. I'm not even a baseball fan, but after getting a Yankees vs Boston Red Sox ticket off a scalper I am now definitely a fan of the sport (at least when the right teams are playing). There is truly no better way to experience life in New York than to go to one of the games. After watching a Mets vs Atlanta Braves game, I was extremely disappointed in the fans (they didn't even get up to cheer). But the Yankees game was well worth seeing.
Equipment: DO NOT WEAR RED OR GREEN!!! Dark Blue or Black is preferred, but simply wearing Boston colors can get you in trouble here.
My son's second visit to The Bronx included going to see his first ever professional baseball game. Being that our host is a huge Yankee fan, he took us to see the Yankees. The game held Patrick's attention for all of about 5 minutes. After that he just wanted to explore the bleachers and see what everyone else was doing. About half way through the game he fell asleep on my lap. Thank goodness, I at least got to see the end of the game.
When visiting NY in the summer you should go to see the baseball.
We went as a group to the New York Mets. Up in the bleachers where you really get a feel for the atmosphere.
Baseball is a iconic sport for the Americans. And well to make sure everyone knows you're in the good ol' U S of A they marktet the game like you'd expect them to. The game comes second.
If you've never seem a game it goes - innings, advert, innings, marketing stunt, innings, advert, innings, marketing giveaway, innings, advert, innings, marketing giveaway... and on and on like that. When the focus of the game went from playing to marketing I do not know. But hey they had to keep the fans happy and coming in the era of television replay.
Having said the negative side of the experience I still enjoyed the day immensly. Transport to the game via the subway was smooth and quick. The seating was spectacular although somewhat scary for the angle which the stadium is built. Those food vendors are amazing for their skill in not falling on the stairs.
And the ticket prices in the cheap seats are reasonable. It's good value for a few hours entertainment.
Warning though. Some drink and food prices are ridiculous. Don't drink beer without increasing your mortgage.
Equipment: Sunscreen for the bleachers on a hot sunny day. Gee it was a lovely day in the sun watching the game.