"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Poking Around The New Digs

The Yankees held their first workout at the new Yankee Stadium yesterday afternoon. It was the first time the entire team gathered at the new ballpark, the first time the field was used for baseball activities, and the first time that fans were allowed into the stands. The new Yankee Stadium is open for business. Below are a few photos and impressions of the new ballpark (all photos can be clicked to enlarge).

upper deck view

But before we enter the new Yankee Stadium, here’s a quick look at the state of the old Stadium.

old bleachers

The above is the bleacher entrance of the old Stadium, which had been my front door for baseball for the last six years as a partial-season ticket holder in the right-field bleachers. As you can see, the signs have been removed and it looks as though some fans have taken chunks of concrete out of the wall (below).

old concrete

When I turned the corner, I discovered that the wooden construction walls that had surrounded the new ballpark for the last two years had moved across the street, enveloping the Yankees’ old home.

construction walls

Later, I was able to get a look behind that wall by looking out the back of the upper deck of the new stadium.

old Stadium

As you can see at the bottom center of the above photo, the demolition has already begun as the garage doors leading to the old left-field bullpen area have been torn out and the back wall joining the left field bleacher area to the rest of the Stadium has been reduced to rubble. A closer look (below) reveals that the sod has been removed from the field and the padding has been torn off the wall in right field.

old field

Across the street, the scene was very, very different.

across the street

Note the marquee listing the Opening Day game against the Indians in the upper left above.

Gate 4

The first question my cousin, who joined me for the day, and I had was, without the smokestack bat, where are people going to agree to meet. I suggested the big NY on the ground outside Gate 4 (behind the light post on the left above), but the lines may not allow it. Attendance today was sparse as it was limited to the season ticket holders who received tickets with their packages (or the friends who took their tickets, as I did), and large groups of local elementary school kids (good on the Yankees for that one). The sidewalks outside the new ballpark are wide, but they’ll be packed on gamedays.

outside the Great Hall

outside Gate 6

I entered through Gate 6 toward the back of the Great Hall out near right field.

Gate 6


As you can see above, the new stadium has new turnstiles. When I first started going to games, the ushers tore your ticket. In the last few years, they simply scanned the bar code with a hand-held device. Now, you scan your ticket yourself by waiving it under the box at the top of the turnstile. The ushers are there only to make sure you’re doing it right and that no one tries to slip through. They’re also there to check what you’re bringing into the ballpark. Despite spending more than $1 billion on a state-of-the-art new stadium, the Yankees didn’t figure out a way to let fans bring in backpacks, briefcases or laptops, despite the fact that this was never a problem at Shea. That’s inexcusable.

The Great Hall

Gate 6 puts you right into the Great Hall, which is the largest interior area of the new stadium. The windows on the left are completely open. The banners depict Yankee greats in black and white facing toward home plate (Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard, Phil Rizzuto, and Bill Dickey), and in color on the other side (including, beyond those who have had their numbers retired, Paul O’Neill, Goose Gossage, and, to my great delight, Dave Winfield). At the far end of the hall are stairs leading up to the second level and the Tommy Bahama martini bar (shrug). To the left of the stairs is a color image of Reggie Jackson taking a swing with the orange “REG-GIE” sign from the old scoreboard photoshopped into the background.

Beyond those stairs on the main level, in the corridor leading in from Gate 4, is a medallion identical to the two on the facade of the new stadium.


As you can see, this was instantly adopted as a “photo-op” station, with a crowd gathered around, each taking turns posing and snapping photos with the giant medallion. Note the empty display case to the left. There were several of these empty pedistals encased in protective glass sitting somewhat haphazardly to the left of the medallion. I have no idea what they’re intended for. Facing the medallion is a photograph of Lou Gehrig during the ceremonies on July 4, 1939 (not pictured).

Heading back through the Great Hall in the other direction (toward the outfield), you pass a couple of banks of freight-size elevators.


The old Stadium had a grand total of three elevators in the entire building.

At the back of the Great Hall is the large video screen atop the team store and Hard Rock Cafe.

Hard Rock etc.

That team store is the smaller of two on the first-base side of the stadium. The larger is on your right as you walk toward the medallion and is in a row with a Steiner Sports memorabilia store, a Peter Max gallery, and one of the swanky, expensive, exclusive restaurants that I didn’t even bother to try to identify. The Hard Rock Cafe is the level above the team store and below the video screen in the above photo. I have no idea how you get in and don’t particularly care. At 9am yesterday morning, Bernie Williams, Ace Frehley, Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, two guys from Anthrax, and the drummer from Paul Schafer’s Late Show band opened the restaurant, though the gates didn’t open for fans until 11am.

To the left of the team store shown above are pedestrian ramps leading to the upper levels. Go up two levels and you get to the museum . . .


. . . which was closed, but is supposed to be open tonight.

The museum is near the turnaround of the ramp which overlooks the Great Hall.

elevated view of Great Hall

As you can see to the left, the Great Hall is open to the city. By far my favorite thing about the new stadium is that the entire thing is wide open, allowing the wind to blow through the corridors, right through to the field. Observe:


That’s the Great Hall on the left, the second-level corridor on the right, and the blue you can see thorugh the cracks are the stands. Heading back down the ramp, we see this:


Looking through the gap there, the blue bits on the bottom are the seats and the overexposed area in the middle is the field bathed in sunlight. The old Stadium was a concrete bunker in comparision to the new park. This is a design feature common to HOK-designed ballparks, and it is perhaps their greatest innovation.

As a result off all of this ventalation, you never really feel like you’re indoors unless you enter one of the stores or restaurants. Also, the place smells fantastic. No only is there a greater diversity of food, but the smells waft throughout the park, mixed with the fresh outside air (as fresh as it gets in the Bronx, that is).

Similarly, whereas the bathrooms and concessions for the bleachers used to be in a tunnel under the stands, the corridor behind the new bleachers looks like this:

behind the bleachers

Note the courthouse hidden on the right. You can’t see it from the field or the stands, but you can see it from here.

Like I say, that open-air feel is the best thing about the new stadium. The worst part you likely already know about, but here’s the hard evidence:

RF obstructed view

The above was actually taken from a bleacher seat. Fans sitting in these $5 seats are expected to follow the action to the left of center field on one of the three monitors on the right (which I only assume rotate out from the wall). The monitors are not only horribly insufficient, but almost impossible to watch during day games when the sun shines directly on them. Also, if you’re in those seats, here’s your view of the ginormous high-definition video screen in center field:

video screen from CF bleachers

That black triangle in the center of the photo is the big video screen.

On the other side of the Mohegan Sun sports bar things are worse:

LF obstructed view

It’s not important to see first base is it?

For what it’s worth, the view from on top of the restaurant, where there is a good bit of standing room, is pretty nice:

center field view

That’s the press box off-center in the middle of the seating decks.

Before I get to more shots of the field from the stands, here are a couple more shots from the concourses. First a hastily assembled panoramic shot from the main-level concourse:


Then a look at the concessions stands on that level which face the field:


Note the photos of the Yankees’ championship teams above the vendors. The Yankees have done a good job of working their history into the aesthetics of the ballpark.

For the curious, I had a Carl’s cheesesteak and Nathan’s fries from a stand just to the left of these (despite the fact that every menu in the place has the calories posted next to the price), then took the food back to my bleacher seat. The bleachers are indeed attached to the rest of the ballpark. You can actually walk all the way around the entire stadium.

Or you can if you can get by security, which was surprisingly stringent even for yesterday’s workout, which was open to season-ticket holders only. I had a bleacher ticket, which put the field-level stands (though not the field level concourses) off-limits. That included the field-level stands all the way out in the outfield, though I found it easy enough to slip by.

On one occasion, I walked past a security guard at the top of the field level only to have her track me down, and ask me what I was doing.

“I’m just looking around,” I replied.

Having identified me as someone holding a bleacher ticket, she told me, “you’re not allowed to look around.” She was actually pleasant about it, but those words are still ringing in my ears.

After exiting her section, I found another entry point a few sections further over and spent some time hanging out in the rattle-your-jewelry seats (the $375 ones, not the $2,625 ones). When I’d had my fill, I headed out and was actually stopped on my way out of the section by a very aggressive member of security. He asked to see my ticket. I pointed out that I was leaving the section, but he again demanded to see my ticket.

“Here, I have a bleacher ticket, but I’m leaving the section.”

“You were never supposed to be in here,” he said. Then, tearing off a corner of my ticket, angrily added, “this is a warning. Don’t ever come back.”

That last line resonated as well.

After getting past the warning guy, who was stationed in front of the food court out near third base, I walked around the corner, down a short ramp, past the entrance to the executive offices, and headed back toward home plate on my way back to the right field bleachers (not realizing that I wasn’t in the old Stadium and could have just gone around the outfield).

Facing the entrance to the executive offices is a short staircase and a long ramp, both of which lead back up to the food court. Two security guards were stationed in front of the stairs and when I approached they asked to see my ticket. Confused, I said, “I have a bleacher ticket and that’s where I’m headed.”

“The bleachers are the 200 level,” I was told. “You have to use the ramp. The stairs are for the 100-level people.”

“But the ramp and the stairs lead to the same place,” I replied.

The security guard seemed to realize the absurdity of what she was telling me, but asserted that these were the rules.

“But I can take the ramp and then walk over to the top of these stairs,” I said. “I could even take the ramp, then come down these stairs.”

“I’m sorry, the stairs are for the 100-level people only,” she replied.

So I took the ramp, then walked over to the top of the stairs and leisurely looked out the window until I was able to catch the guard’s eye and give her a wave. She ignored me, but I was satisfied I had made my point and continued on my way.

The security was even tight in the bleachers. If you don’t have a bleacher ticket, you won’t be allowed into the bleacher section, at least not if you enter at a certain spot. For all of the rules about where certain ticket holders could or couldn’t go, it was easy enough to find entrance points that were unguarded or guards who were distracted enough to let you slip by.

That said, good luck trying to slip into those Legends Suite seats right behind home plate. While there are entrance points from the $375 field boxes to the suite seats, they are few and far between, and the rest of the section is literally walled off:

the moat looking toward LF

the moat looking toward home

Note the security guard guarding the entrance in the upper right above.

Beneath the Field box seats are entrances to the swanky exclusive clubs for the folks in the Legends Suites.

exclusive entrance

No seat is worth $2,625 (which is why the Yankees are still struggling to sell them), but those are spectacular seats. The backstop is much closer to home plate in the new stadium, and the retaining wall behind home is much lower. You’re practially riding piggy-back on the home plate ump from those seats.

Legends Suites view

Note how much smaller the NY on the grass is due to the reduced real estate behind home.

In contrast, here’s a view from the last row of the stadium:

last row

And here’s a close-up of the new frieze, which looks to be made out of the same sort of cheap white aluminum that is used to make metal picket fences.


I’m especially disappointed by the lack of detail in the new frieze. Note from the two photos above how the arches are smooth and the holes above them are rectangular, while the face of the frieze lacks much detail. Now here’s a look at the old concrete frieze from the remodelled stadium:

old frieze

Notice how much more detail there was on the old frieze, how the arches have those cross-bars on them, how the holes above them are small circles, and how much sturdier the whole thing looks. This seems a particularly odd corner to cut given how important the frieze is to the team’s iconography.

Back to the new park, one detail they did get right is that they’ve angled all of the seats toward home plate. Here’s a shot of a seat in the upper deck in right field:

angled seat

Note also the cupholders, which are on every seat save for the bleachers. Hopefully this means there will be fewer spilled beers soaking the belongings stashed beneath your seat.

Here’s a hastily assembled panorama from the upper deck:

upper-deck panorama

And a bird’s-eye view of the new Monument Park:

Monument Park from upper deck

The line for Monument Park was instantly absurd, so I didn’t even try to get in, but here’s a closer look from the right-field bleachers:

Monument Park from RF bleachers

The bleacher benches themselves are deeper front-to-back, they’re spaced significantly further apart, and the pitch of the bleacher section is steeper, giving better sight lines over the heads of the people in front of you. In general the sight lines throughout the park (save for the center field bleachers) look to be excellent. I was even pleased by the view from the upper deck, though it’s striking just how far back it’s set. Compare this:

front row of upper deck

To this:

old upper deck

Back in the bleachers, the folks in the front rows can look right into the bullpens with the visiting bullpen in left field:

left field bullpen

And the home bullpen in right field:

home bullpen

The seats and cameras in the foreground of the above are on top of the center-field restaurant.

Here’s a closer look at the home bullpen:

home bullpen close

Also, in an odd, but not unpleasant detail, the concrete wall between the bleachers and the bullpen is filled with plants. Here’s a view from the front row of the right-field bleachers behind the bullpen:

bullpen plants

Or more artfully:

plants close-up

Unfortunately, I left my camera on in my pocket for a while, killing the battery, so I was unable to get any photos of the team taking batting practice. Derek Jeter was the first Yankee to take a swing in the new ballpark. After bunting the first BP pitch, as is the custom, he deposited the second in the visiting bullpen. Not a bad way to christen the place.

I suspect that the open concourses will create something of a jet stream that helps the ball carry more than it did in the old Stadium. The Yankees seemed to have little trouble peppering the outfield stands with home runs, several of which came very close to my seat in the right-field bleachers. Johnny Damon should make good use out of the 200-level seats in right field, and Mark Teixeira seemed to hit every ball he swung at from the left side deep into the stands. Nick Swisher also went deep a number of times.

I didn’t get any photos of batting practice, but I did get a few shots of the very first baseball activity to take place in the new ballpark as Joba Chamberlain threw to a bullpen catcher from the mound with the coaching staff looking on.

Joba and Eiland

Joba throws

Jorge and Harkey

Overall, I was actually pretty impressed by the new place. I especially liked the open, ventilated feel of the ballpark, and was impressed by just how much parts of it looked and even felt like the old Stadium. For example, look at this shot of the right-field corner:

right-field corner

That said, being in the new Yankee Stadium is a surreal experience for someone as familiar with the old place as I am for exactly that reason. It’s similar, yet very, very different. Many of those differences are legitimate improvements, but some are not, and as one fan in the bleachers said as he passed me, “it’s not home yet.” Or, as my wife and I are fond of saying when something beloved is replaced, “that’s not Abraham, Mr. D.” They might call it Yankee Stadium, but it’s not Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium is across the street being torn down.

Still, this day was going to come eventually. My biggest concern remains the accessibility of the new park to fans of modest means. I was fortunate enough to get in yesterday because a friend with a full-season package gave me his tickets, and even then I had to sneak past security to get close to the field even when it was hours before the team was scheduled to take the field. Tonight I have some choice Field Box seats to see the Yankees play the Cubs, a residual benefit of my since-canceled Sunday plan from the old ballpark, but if it rains I may never get to sit in those seats, and even if it doesn’t, I may never get to sit in them again, while many other die-hard fans won’t even have the opportunity I have tonight. The new Yankee Stadium seems like a great place to see a ballgame, but it could stand to be a bit more fan-friendly.

all photographs © Clifford J. Corcoran, 2009

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1 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 3, 2009 10:24 am

Thank you SO much for this Cliff. Excellent work.

2 FreddySez   ~  Apr 3, 2009 10:42 am

Thanks, Cliff - I feel I know more now than I did after a whole winter of slick "virtual tours."

A day or two ago someone asked whether the stadium security staff would receive any "attitude adjustment" to go along with the move. I guess we know the answer now.

That subject always burns me up. It is the not-so-hidden Achilles heel of "Yankee class" - the classless way they treat you once your money is safely in their pocket. Someone should do a hidden-camera expose.

Billy Joel put it best: "I'd start a revolution but I don't have time." Guess the Yankees are counting on us all to feel that way.

3 lentnej   ~  Apr 3, 2009 11:08 am

wonderful job Cliff. It is generous of you to give us so much of your time and talent.
It may be cold comfort but comfort nonetheless to relate that security is security where ever one goes. I remember being in Cleveland I entered the seating two gates away from my seats and the security guard would not let me walk over. I had to go back into the concourse (which has no view of the field) and enter in the gate for which I paid.
At PNC Park in Pittsburgh my friend and I were trying out the right field seats about an hour before the game. An old usher came down and told us we couldn't sit there if we didn't have tickets. We were the only ones in the section at the time. The usher literally grasped my arm and tried to pull me up the ramp.
I am looking forward to seeing the new Stadium. I figure it is either a Broadway show or a Yankees game.
I do however, continue to judge those obstructed bleacher sections as inexcusable.

4 Dandy Stankiewicz   ~  Apr 3, 2009 11:12 am

Cliff, this is an amazing post. Thank you so much.

What I don't understand is why I keep reading about the excellent sight lines. How could the sight lines possibly be improved on those of the old park?

Even as demonstrated in your comparison photos, the shallower profile in the upper deck — and the fact that the tiers are not stacked — necessarily means the sight lines are WORSE. Why is this so under-reported?

One of the things that made the Stadium so great was being right on top of the action. The fans are simply not closer to the action in this park. They are further from it. This more than anything else about the move really saddens me.

5 lordbyron   ~  Apr 3, 2009 11:17 am

Thanks for the tour Cliff - great job! The attitude of the the security staff and the unaffordability to those of modest means bothers me. The old stadium was affordable to most resulting in diverse, interesting crowds - which helped make it special. (at least to me) The new setup seems focused on the well heeled and corporate crowd which will change the feel and experience of seeing the Yanks live and in person. I guess we'll just have tto wait to see how it all works out.

6 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Apr 3, 2009 11:20 am

Dandy, it could be because there were no players on the field at the time, so it was harder to judge just how far away I was, but the upper deck--which has been something I've been complaining about ever since the initial plans were announced--just didn't seem that bad once I was up there in the seats. That could be a product of my expectations, though. I expected to feel like I was sitting across the street and I didn't. That said, it's certainly not better than the old place. It's just better than I expected given what I knew about the architecture of the place going in.

7 Dandy Stankiewicz   ~  Apr 3, 2009 11:30 am

I will take consolation in any form, so thanks...maybe my fears aren't fully justified.

It's just remarkable that the primary consideration was anything other than "How can we make this a great place TO WATCH A BASEBALL GAME?"

This issue + the extra foul territory down the lines & the obstructed bleacher seats gets my goat more than the ticket prices or Gestapo ushers...

8 williamnyy23   ~  Apr 3, 2009 11:44 am

Great photos...they wet my appetite for I hope will be tonight's game.

[3] Agree completely. Security heavy handedness will not be unique to NYS.

[4] While the closeness of the upper deck was great for seats around home plate, it led to increasing obstruction of the field as you proceeded down the line. As a result, at least 2/3 of the upper deck had some part of the field blocked off from view. With all the furor over a few obstructed bleacher seats, the overall improved sightlines have been overlooked.

[5] I am not so sure the new place is unaffordable to those of limited means, at least any more so than the old one. While the prime seats are much more expensive, most of those went to full season ticket holders anyway. Most of the upper deck and bleachers are still the same price or slightly more expensive (and in some cases a few dollars cheaper).

9 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Apr 3, 2009 11:55 am

The only extra foul territory I saw was in front of the dugouts. Down the lines in the OF, the seats come right up to the line as they always have, and behind home there's far less foul ground.

10 unmoderated   ~  Apr 3, 2009 12:12 pm

fantastic work, as usual. thank you, cliff.

11 Dandy Stankiewicz   ~  Apr 3, 2009 12:18 pm

xpost I stand corrected...I meant the foul territory between the infield and the front row. Increased, I can only assume to expand the circumference of the bowl in turn allowing more luxury boxes....?

12 Bama Yankee   ~  Apr 3, 2009 12:24 pm

Thanks for posting the pictures, Cliff. Nice write-up too.

(sorry for the long post)

One thing I noticed about my first and only trip to Yankee Stadium last summer was that a few members of the stadium staff were not only fan unfriendly, but they were down right rude to the paying customers. The worst example for me was in the gift shop. One worker got very huffy with a lady who asked if there were any Jeter shirts in the back (they were bringing out other shirts from the back at the time). When I politely asked the lady at the checkout counter if she could wrap the glass item that I had just purchased she just gave me a look and said "What makes you think I wasn't going to wrap it?" I just chalked it up as someone trying to let me experience the "New York attitude" that I had heard so much about. The funny thing was that the overwhelming majority of people we met in NY did not have that attitude. Other than those two ladies in the gift shop (and the security guard that made us walk all the way around the Stadium to get back to the ferry boat) the experience with the stadium staff was not unlike what I had seen in other stadiums.

I went to see Michael Jordan play his last game in Atlanta a few years ago (well, it was supposed to be his last game). My friend and I had "nose bleed" seats in the Georgia Dome. We got there early and decided to try to get down close to get a picture of the players warming up. We asked one of the security guards and got denied access. We asked another and got denied again. We finally decided to just wait until a group was going down to those courtside seats and we followed them past the guard like we knew what we were doing. I think the girl was yelling at us to see our tickets, but we just kept going and she gave up. After we took our pictures, we decided to just pick a couple of seats and stay there until the real ticket holders showed up (the game was a sellout due to Jordan). We noticed other people trying to do the same thing and getting busted left and right by the rightful ticket owners. We knew it would be a matter of time before our time was up, but it would be worth it while it lasted. Even with astronomical odds stacked against us, we picked two seats that no one ever tried to claim (third row in the corner). The only drawback was that we couldn't leave our seats until the game was over for fear of not getting back down there (my poor bladder still hasn't forgiven me...;-)

13 monkeypants   ~  Apr 3, 2009 12:30 pm

[0] Great, even-handed write up, Cliff.

The CF restaurant is obnoxious aesthetically, and to have seats *that* obstructed in a new ballpark is inexcusable, I don't care if they only (now( cost $5). Slack, slack design.

Overall, however, I have to admit the whole stadium as a whole sure looks purdy. I posted years back about how great the open concourses were at the other new parks I attended (e.g., Cleveland and Detroit), and as much as I will "miss" that the old charm of the Yankee tunnel concourses, I simply won't really miss them.

I think, Cliff, you are a bit too hard on the lack of detail on the frieze (which I think looks great, and preferable to the concrete knock-off in CF) but I'll reserve judgement till I see it live.

[12] that a few members of the stadium staff were not only fan unfriendly, but they were down right rude to the paying customers.

I agree entirely. Over the last ten years or so, I have found the Yankees staff in general to be amazingly fan-unfriendly, rude, and abrasive. My brother and I actually had a theory that the Yankees ordered various workers and vendors to be assholes, to make the stadium experience less pleasant and thus justify a new stadium. I don't really believe that of course, but...

14 aboveavg   ~  Apr 3, 2009 1:08 pm

I really think they are eventually going to have to get rid of that abomination in CF. Not because they care about the fans (they obviously don't), but because I don't think it will function as an adequate batters eye. It's too small, made of glass and all the people on top will inevitably cause some distractions.

15 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 3, 2009 1:12 pm

FTS, I know I'm likely to get into a fist fight with anyone who treats me that way; particularly if I were to pay that much to enjoy a game at the park, so I'll definitely pass; maybe even if someone else paid for my ticket. Say no to incompetent customer service or overzealous security (or both as the case may be).

16 RagingTartabull   ~  Apr 3, 2009 1:57 pm

[14] Yeah I've thought that as well. Between its small size, the inevitable glare issues, and people on topI don't see how it lasts more than a couple of years. Then again Fenway used to (maybe they still do? I'm not sure) pass off fans in the CF bleachers wearing dark green t-shirts as a "batter's eye", so who knows?

17 Just Fair   ~  Apr 3, 2009 2:13 pm

[16] I am pretty sure the Red Sox only tried that green shirt thing once. It was a good try I suppose, but it didn't take. Sweet recap, Cliff. I'll be pretty bummed if they don't get in the game tonight. 3 days. : )

18 MichiganYankee   ~  Apr 3, 2009 2:26 pm

With the upper deck being set way back (as I believe it is in most parks by now -- in Comerica for sure), we lose the upper deck home run.

19 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 3, 2009 2:34 pm

Outstanding, exhaustive work Cliff, thank you! That was a real treat.

And I *love* the Abraham bit! It took me about five or six seconds to get it: ("That sounds so familiar...I know that line from somewhere...") Very, very funny.

20 Shaun P.   ~  Apr 3, 2009 3:00 pm

Cliff, thanks so much, its wonderful to see the place in such detail, especially since I doubt I will be able to get there this year (though I'd sure like to). I can't wait to see what it looks like on TV. If the batters' eye is truly bad for the players, I hope they complain, loud and often. That may be the one thing that gets the CF monstrosity gone. I can't imagine sitting in one of those obstructed view seats in the bleachers for an entire game, especially in LF. Ugh.

Though, of all my impressions, the one that stands out is just how ridiculously huge that new video board is. No expense spared there.

21 Yankster   ~  Apr 3, 2009 3:06 pm

Thanks for the great write-up - the pictures are so great they gave me chills

22 PJ   ~  Apr 3, 2009 3:45 pm

All I can say is, "Wow!³"

Thanks very much for this article Cliff! You did a great job, even if you DID pick the Red Sox to win it all this year...


23 Raf   ~  Apr 3, 2009 4:11 pm

“You were never supposed to be in here,” he said. Then, tearing off a corner of my ticket, angrily added, “this is a warning. Don’t ever come back.”

I'd have to come back, on GP.

24 Raf   ~  Apr 3, 2009 4:12 pm

Nice pics, and nice writeup Cliff

25 Start Spreading the News   ~  Apr 3, 2009 4:32 pm

[8] The Stadium is definitely less accessible to the fan of average means. When the premium tickets were priced the way they were, it forced a lot of fans out of those seats. I have several friends who were doing the M-F package at $50-$70 a seat. They were middle class people who just prioritized the Yankees more than other forms of entertainment. These guys were told that they can't get the equivalent seats unless they upgrade to the full 81-game package. For my friend that had $70 seats for 41 games, that meant 81 games at $150 each. When finding out how much that package cost, he opted to keep the M-F package but with "cheaper" ($95) seats. In my other friends' cases, a similar assessment forced them to move upstairs.

I called the Stadium today to see if the 81 game package was available for the Upper Deck ($30) seats. I was told that they were not selling any to new people. It was only available to existing ticket holders. So access to the upper deck cheap seats are diminished because people who can't afford the Premium seats are taking them.

There is probably a similar effect for game day tickets. Fewer cheap seats will be available to buy since last year's premium season ticket holders are pushed upstairs.

So the upper deck seats are affordable but there are fewer of them to go around.

26 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 3, 2009 8:50 pm

Awesome post, thanks a lot Cliff.

Contradicting everything I said yesterday, I'd love to catch a game at the new park..but agree with Chyll about the security. If I pay good money for my tickets there is no way I'd put up with being spoken too like that..guess have been in uber-polite Japan too long but such behavior really reflects badly on the "Yankee" culture. There have been more than enough complaints about the security over the past few years that they should have addressed it by now.

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