Chronological Tour: Stop 340

Yankee Stadium 2009

Home plate entrance portal to the 2009 edition of Yankee Stadium, Apr-2009. Other gates are similar.

The ornamental frieze (often mistakenly called a façade) of the 1923 Yankee Stadium has been reintroduced.

Where the Bronx County Courthouse dominated the old park’s view, here a huge Mitsubishi video board fills the space.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
The New York Yankees succeeded in replacing the “House that Ruth Built”, the original Yankee Stadium, with this facility across 161 Street that is both larger and smaller.

The main entrance gates to the new ballpark were designed to mimic, though not entirely duplicate, the classic home plate entrance to the original Stadium. Once inside, the ornamental frieze that was a feature of the old park from 1923 through 1973 but removed in the 1976 renovation has been recreated, ringing the top of the upper deck. The stadium lights are also built into that level rather than towering above the park.

The old Stadium was sadly in need of replacement after 84 seasons of use. This park will do the job admirably, but for this fan, it will take a while to warm to the concept that this is simply “The Stadium”, as Yankee fans affectionately called their old home.

Getting to the Game

If ever there was a park designed for access by mass transit, this is it. Three trains on two New York City Subway lines stop at the ballpark. The B and D trains come up the west side of Manhattan, turn east past the old Polo Grounds, and cross under the Harlem River; the first stop in the Bronx is at the ballpark. Meanwhile, the No. 4 train comes up the east side of Manhattan and becomes an elevated line in the Bronx, where Yankee Stadium is the second stop. Additionally, the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line has a stop three blocks south of the park.

Fans who choose to drive to the game will encounter the sticker shock that has been closely identified with the Yankees in recent seasons. While the club does not operate most of the parking lots, parking is in short enough supply that nearby lots cost $40 or so. The visitor who arrives at the right time may find on-street parking along Jerome Avenue, which runs along the left-field line, but this is certainly not assured. Depending on the size of the group attending, the distance of the commute, and the additional costs of highway and bridge tolls, it may be more economical to utilize a park-and-ride lot, even one as far away as Secaucus, N.J., and commute to the game.

Watching the Game

The footprint of the new park is about 60 percent larger than that of the historic Stadium, and there is a slight bit more foul territory, as the seats were bowed out a little bit in order to improve sightlines. The upper deck seems to be slightly lower but farther from the field here than at the old park. This will mean that the shadows in left field that made Yogi Berra remark of the old place, “It gets late early out there”, will arrive a little bit later.

The distances to key points in the outfield are identical to those of the park across the street during the 2008 season, but the fence lines are straighter, making home runs easier to come by. And the seating capacity of the new stadium is reduced by about five thousand, with the additional area given over to extra luxury suites and to the Great Hall on the entrance level.

While new parks in Washington and Flushing sport large video boards, the one at Yankee Stadium trumps them all. This behemoth dominates the view in the outfield and replaces the view of the Bronx County Courthouse beyond the old park that is lost with the relocation, replaced mainly by a few high-rise apartment buildings on the Grand Concourse several blocks to the east. A fan with whom I attended the park’s first league game saw the new board displaying the logo of the visiting Cleveland Indians across the full screen and said simply, “That’s too big. Get that off of there.”

In addition to the monstrous video board, the out-of-town scoreboards are also capable of video matrix, and there is limited captioning for the deaf in the park. There are also two post-up line score boards built into the outfield wall, designed I’m sure to evoke the main scoreboard prior to the renovation of the old Stadium. However, the post-up numbers are a bit too small for the casual fan with average visual acuity to read comfortably.

Enjoying the Game

Unlike the old park, the new Yankee Stadium allows spectators to walk around and watch the game from its concourses. Passage between the bleachers and other parts of the ballpark is no longer restricted. There is a modest Yankees Museum (no flash photography, please) on site, along with two restaurants that will be open year-round. The infrastructure is said to be just as impressive, with the Yankees gaining the largest clubhouse in baseball by far.

Most fans will enter through the Great Hall on the entrance level, which is designed to play up the Yankees’ storied past (26 World Series titles during the tenure of their old park). Monument Park, which was in left field of the old park after its 1976 renovation, is in straightaway center field here.

Although concession prices are high, the selection is varied and will suit every palate, with various stands located on both the main and upper levels. There is also the option of dining in midtown Manhattan and then heading uptown on the subway.

Construction photos from September 2007: One ... Another
Game # Date League Level Result
989 Thu 16-Apr-2009 American MLB Cleveland 10, NY YANKEES 2
1048 Mon 28-Sep-2009 American MLB NY YANKEES 8, Kansas City 2
1079 Tue 17-Aug-2010 American MLB NY YANKEES 6, Detroit 2
1106 Tue 21-Sep-2010 American MLB NY YANKEES 8, Tampa Bay 3
1152 Tue 23-Aug-2011 American MLB Oakland 6, NY YANKEES 5
1177 Mon 19-Sep-2011 American MLB NY YANKEES 6, Minnesota 4
1179 Fri 30-Sep-2011 American MLB NY YANKEES 9, Detroit 3
1202 Tue 31-Jul-2012 American MLB Baltimore 11, NY YANKEES 5
1245 Sat 22-Sep-2012 American MLB NY YANKEES 10, Oakland 9, 14 inn
1248 Mon 1-Oct-2012 American MLB NY YANKEES 10, Boston 2
1270 Mon 12-Aug-2013 American MLB NY YANKEES 2, LA Angels 1
1299 Wed 25-Sep-2013 American MLB Tampa Bay 8, NY YANKEES 3
1359 Fri 5-Sep-2014 American MLB Kansas City 1, NY YANKEES 0
1363 Wed 10-Sep-2014 American MLB NY YANKEES 8, Tampa Bay 5
1366 Fri 19-Sep-2014 American MLB NY YANKEES 5, Toronto 3
1367 Mon 22-Sep-2014 American MLB NY YANKEES 5, Baltimore 0
1376 Fri 22-May-2015 American MLB Texas 10, NY YANKEES 9
1410 Thu 20-Aug-2015 American MLB Cleveland 3, NY YANKEES 2
1431 Tue 8-Sep-2015 American MLB Baltimore 2, NY YANKEES 1
1434 Sat 12-Sep-2015 American MLB Toronto 9, NY YANKEES 5, 11 inn, 1st
1435 Sat 12-Sep-2015 American MLB Toronto 10, NY YANKEES 7, 2d
1447 Mon 28-Sep-2015 American MLB Boston 5, NY YANKEES 1
1472 Thu 4-Aug-2016 American * MLB NY Mets 4, NY YANKEES 1
1479 Sat 13-Aug-2016 American MLB NY YANKEES 8, Tampa Bay 4
1520 Tue 13-Sep-2016 American * MLB NY YANKEES 3, LA Dodgers 0
1531 Wed 28-Sep-2016 American MLB NY YANKEES 5, Boston 3
1532 Sat 1-Oct-2016 American MLB NY YANKEES 7, Baltimore 3
1545 Sun 16-Apr-2017 American * MLB NY YANKEES 9, St Louis 3
1548 Fri 26-May-2017 American MLB Oakland 4, NY YANKEES 1
1556 Wed 21-Jun-2017 American MLB NY YANKEES 8, LA Angels 4
1622 Wed 18-Oct-2017 American MLB NY YANKEES 5, Houston 0
* Interleague play.
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