New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, New York City
Opening Day, Yankee Stadium, April 11, 2006. Yesssssss!!!!! There are only two more opening day's at this venerable landmark. In a few years they'll be throwing out the first pitch at (name of corporate sponsor) Ballpark. This was the purpose of our visit to Yankee Stadium in 2006, to see, feel, touch and smell the Grand Dame of the American ballparks.
Lemme tell yeh, this was one tough ticket. Of course, nowadays, there is no such thing as a "sold-out" event. We shopped all of the online ticket brokers and ended up getting outfield tickets (NOT bleachers) from hailstorm.com for a nominal price. We also splurged for the NY Waterways Ferry (from Pier 17) that dropped us off 5 minutes from the Stadium entrance. The Ferry also had spectacular views of Manhattan all the way up and back, well worth the $20.00USD.
The sold-out crowd (54,000 strong) was somewhat sedated (tense) until Derek Jeter jacked one out in the 8th inning to score three runs and win it for the home team. The crowd went WILD!! That's what I'm talkin' about, that's what wins 26 World Championships...
Equipment: Bring lots of cash, drink and food can add up fast. Also, they have great souvenirs, and you can use plastic at most outlets. Be careful with the photography equipment, the ushers/security are very hesitant regarding "big" lenses. I barely got in with my 75-300mm lens, I had to swear that I was a "non-professional" (which I am!).
On February 6, 1921, the Yankees announced the purchase of 10 acres of property in the west Bronx. The land, purchased from the estate of William Waldorf Astor for $675,000, sat directly across the Harlem River from the Polo Grounds, where the Yankees' had played since 1913. Renovations were made in 1966 and 1967, but more than that was needed. In 1972, the team sold their stadium to the city and signed a thirty year lease.
The revovated Yankee Stadium opened with much fanfare in 1976, and the Yankees wasted no time living up to their "new" stadium. The team appeared in the World Series in each of the next three years, winning the fall classic twice. Players like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter and Ron Guidry picked up where Mantle and Berra left off a decade earlier. Except for brief period in the early 1990s, the Yankees have always fielded winning teams since their ballpark was renovated. In the late 1990s and 2000s, the Yankees have been the team to beat, appearing in six World Series while winning four of them. A cavalcade of stars, including Derek Jeter and Roger Clemens, have graced Yankee Stadium during these years.
Watching a Yankees Game is a real MUST when you visit NYC! Inside the Stadium you'll find the Monument Park with memories of all great Yankees players ever. See my travelogues!
Equipment: Backpacks and bag must be left outside. There are safes placed around the stadium that keep your luggage for 4-5 $ each.
went to nyc to watch a yankee game and adventure manhattan. it was my 1st time east of new mexico. a couple highlights of the trip was riding the subway which was sweet! you can go anywhere in manhattan for minimal expenses. my friend and i actually got seperatated on the subway, the doors closed right betweeen us so i was stuck on the outside as she rode the subway away lol. she only had the clothes on her back, no water, $$$, i.d. we also went to a cool comedy club in the village which fetured david attel and a bunch of other conedy central comics. damon waynes even made an appearance! the yankee game was sweet, so much history went down between those walls and was our initial intention for the trip.
Equipment: depending on what season you go dress accordinly. the one thing that i could recommend would be a backpack 4 travels. we didn't have a car and u pretty much don't want a car because the public transportation is excellent.
Last June 2005, as part of my baseball stadiums tour, I went to Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees play the Tampa Devil Rays. The Yanks lost a close game.
Getting there is very easy by Subway. To get there, we got on the train headed towards The Bronx, a well known rough New York neighborhood. Once you get to 161st Street Station, you know you are in Yankee country.
Johnny Gomes, Outfielder for the Devil Rays, hit a home run as the Yankees lost 4-3. As a whole, I didn't like Yankee Stadium. Maybe it was the hot summer day that made it impossible to breath in the air less stadium. However, I did appreciate the history of the stadium nicknamed "The House That Ruth Built" to commmemorate one of baseball's greatest athletes: Babe Ruth. In American Culture, the New York Yankees are considered to be the most successful professional baseball team. There success can be equated to England's Manchester United, Spain's "Real Madrid", and Germany's Bayern Munchen.
Every year, the New York Yankees are the team to beat. The choice of food isn't that great, but the views of the field from Center Field are excellent given that tickets there cost no more than $25.
And although I don't like Yankee Stadium so much, the history of this stadium is quite remarkable.
First Game: April 18, 1923
Seat Capacity: 51,000
Equipment: Sun glasses.
Any Yankee fan (or for that matter, any fan of baseball!) really should see Yankee Stadium. Hurry, though, because it's likely to be torn down after a new stadium is built nearby in 2004 or 2005!
The number of baseball greats who have made history in this park is staggering. The best way to see it is to take a stadium tour led by a very knowledgeable guide. You will be able to walk onto the warning track, sit in the dugout and press box, and walk through Monument Park behind center field. See http://yankees.com to reserve a tour (held almost daily).
Of course, the other best way to experience the magic of this stadium is to see a game, especially if you're a rabid Yankees fan like I am! Try to get tickets the first day they go on sale, because the Yanks have a wonderfully loyal fanbase locally (not to mention those nasy ticket brokers buying up all the good seats!). Otherwise, check eBay for last-minute tickets.
If you can't get out to Yankee Stadium to see a game, you can least get some official Yankee merchandise. This store is just E of Times Square and has everything you can imagine for the Yankee's fan- makes for nice souvenirs for people back home.
It's not enough to go to New York and not experiencing the ultimate New Yorker activity, that is to go to see a Yankee's game. The Yankee Stadium is located at the Bronx, built in April 18,1923 although the team itself was created in 1903. When you go inside the stadium and sit on your seats, don't forget to get hotdogs, beers, and the soft serve ice cream in a small plastic container that shapes like the NY Yankee's hat.
Equipment: Wear the Yankees' outfits .... and support the team.
Known for it's famous baseball team, Yankee Stadium also hosts entertainers and other cultural events. The inaugural baseball game was played on April 18, 1923. After many mini face lifts, and a major face list in 1973, the stadium has had some new looks. The fans remain loyal and flock to the games, new look or old look. Catch a live game, or one of 3 behind the scenes tours to fully understand the history of the park.
No, I wasn't playing the game, but I have been to see the Yankees play twice, and it's a great family trip. There are few away supporters(unlike a footmall match here) so, there is little or no trouble.(a little bit of heckling when I saw them play the Red Sox). The transport to the stadium is great, as there is a subway station right outside(161st Street). A fantastic atmosphere where they bring almost anything you could want to your seat....popcorn? No problem . Beer? Certainly. Kitchen Sink? I'm sure they could arrange that as well!
This is hallowed ground for a baseball fan. No stadium can compete with the history that this stadium has seen. Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, etc, etc, etc.
You can tour the place for $12, but why the heck would you do that?? Instead, try to visit during baseball season (April through September, but the Yankees usually play a little longer into the playoffs!!!) and go to a game.
Let's face it, most visitors to New York are more interested in the Yankees than in the Mets, and it helps that the Yankees have the better stadium by far. Even if you're an 'anyone-but-the-Yankees' sports fan, it's worth a trip out to the Bronx to see 'the house that Ruth built', where all kinds of baseball history has been made.
Unlike some other old stadiums - Boston's Fenway Park springs to mind - Yankee Stadium is very attractive behind the decks, with plenty of space to move around. The views from most of the park are also excellent, too, and the on-field action is nearly always guaranteed to be pretty exciting.
There are also tours of the stadium, but really, who wants to hear about baseball instead of watching it when you're at the stadium?!
Baseball is the national sport here in america....Baseball is played from early april till September. Playoffs are in October. If you come to america i really hope you get your chance to goto a game. The fans are the greatest in the world here in New York. Basketball is played from November till April. Playoffs are played in May-June. Football is played September till Janurary. Playoffs in January. Superbowl is either end of January or early feburary. Hockey is played October till April. Playoffs are in Late April till End of May. U.S. Tennis Open is in August.
Equipment: Baseball Glove if you goto a baseball game.
Visit New York City and you must visit the house that Ruth built. Go to an afternoon game in July or August, settle in with a few beers, a hot dog &/or pretzel and enjoy a fine few hours of baseball. Sit back and watch the game, the fans, the crazies or take a stroll through Monument park.
The food and drink can be expensive but a fun time can be had for both adults and children.
Everyone has heard of them, and everyone knows the story behind this legendary baseball club, but not everyone has seen a game, and this is what I suggest. My second time out East I made journeyed to Yankee Stadium to catch a ball game and I was not in the least disappointed. Whether it was the ambiance of being in my Heaven, or the groundscrew doing the YMCA in the 7th inning, I felt at home here and I will go back plenty of times I am assured.
Equipment: No equipment is needed unless your a child. If younger than your adult years (and I say hell I am) you should take a ball glove to catch a foul ball or home run. Also take playing cards, baseballs, shirts, or any other memoribilia that you would like to get signed by the athletes if you get the chance.
Located in the Bronx, the Yankee Stadium is the home of one of the greatest teams in Baseball's history: the NY Yankees! I lucked out and manage to score some tickets for under $15 USD. Sure, they were on the highest sitting area, but who cares?!? The game was still fun and I even made some friends during the game.
Equipment: No equipment needed :). Just make sure you go with plenty of time. Check out this picture on the way out. Talk about a traffic jam eh?