|Chronological Tour: Stop 198|
Main entrance to the Ballpark at St. George, Jul-2001.
Interior design: Somewhat standard, but with a steep pitch for good viewing.
The park offers a spectacular view of Upper New York Bay and the Manhattan skyline.
I really didnít know what to expect from this place, but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, it had sky boxes, but they were supported on beams extending from the edge of the concourse, as was the press box (so you didnít have the ugly dark area on the concourse behind the plate). It was also a continuous seating area, with no walkway halfway down. Iím thinking Altoona without the upper deck, or Lowell. Except that this place holds over 6900, thanks to an extensive right-field bleacher that will only get jammed on overflow nights, as thatís the field that gets the last sun.
And, as you might expect, the park has a beautiful view of the Kill van Kull, the Upper Bay, and Ė Bayonne. No, seriously, while the industrial area of Bayonne, N.J., is visible, and so is plenty of barge traffic to go along with the ferries, the piŤce de rťsistance of this place is the view of lower Manhattan. And they donít obstruct it. The outfield wall has no decks of advertising, although it is broken up by four video-type boards displaying the logo of that inningís sponsor. Thereís also a standard scoreboard, coupled with a video display. Of course, there are picnic areas and a kidís area.
(On a visit in August 2005, the outfield wall had been converted to a typical minor-league wall, with advertising all around. However, the view of the bay and the city was still unobstructed. By 2007, the entire wall had become a video display board, but still not obstructing the view.)
I should mention that the outer brick is reminiscent of a building like the ferry terminal (which I didnít look at for comparison). Itís orange or bright mud-colored, rather than red. Another thing that makes the park stand out is the seats themselves. Theyíre blue, for the Yankees, rather than the all-too-common forest green of modern parks.
In 2011, I lowered my rating for the ballpark from four baseballs to three. While the ballpark itself is still quite handsome, the club has raised ticket prices; the lowest price for a walk-up ticket (as of 2012) is now $17. In all fairness, the club does offer various deals that lower the price of multiple tickets to a reasonable amount, but that does not help the solo traveler. (They have since restored a $9 ticket for distant sections.) In addition, the experience feels quite sterile these days. They also installed a very unreliable scoreboard a few years back.
The photos on this page were taken at a game 6-Jul-2001, before the devastating attack 11-Sep that destroyed the World Trade Center towers which stand out in the photo above. The park was used as a triage site for individuals injured in the tragedy. These casualties were ferried from the Battery to the ballpark in the hours after the incident.
|462||Fri 6-Jul-2001||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 10, Lowell 5|
|505||Wed 5-Sep-2001||NY-Penn||A||Jamestown 6, STATEN ISLAND 3|
|506||Thu 6-Sep-2001||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 6, Brooklyn 1|
|568||Sat 7-Sep-2002||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 5, Williamsport 3|
|572||Thu 12-Sep-2002||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 2, Oneonta 0
(Yankees win league championship)
|627||Thu 21-Aug-2003||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 4, Hudson Valley 2|
|669||Fri 16-Jul-2004||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 4, NJ Cardinals 3, 17 inn, 1st|
|670||Fri 16-Jul-2004||NY-Penn||A||NJ Cardinals 3, STATEN ISLAND 0, 10 inn, 2d|
|682||Mon 2-Aug-2004||NY-Penn||A||NJ Cardinals 10, STATEN ISLAND 5|
|759||Mon 1-Aug-2005||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 9, Auburn 3|
|779||Fri 26-Aug-2005||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 4, Brooklyn 0, 1st|
|780||Fri 26-Aug-2005||NY-Penn||A||Brooklyn 7, STATEN ISLAND 2, 2d|
|788||Mon 5-Sep-2005||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 3, NJ Cardinals 2, 10 inn|
|793||Thu 15-Sep-2005||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 3, Auburn 2
(Yankees win league championship)
|821||Tue 18-Jul-2006||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 5, Williamsport 4|
|823||Fri 28-Jul-2006||NY-Penn||A||Brooklyn 10, STATEN ISLAND 6|
|853||Wed 13-Sep-2006||NY-Penn||A||Tri-City 9, STATEN ISLAND 2|
|870||Sun 22-Jul-2007||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 4, State College 3|
|873||Wed 1-Aug-2007||NY-Penn||A||Oneonta 4, STATEN ISLAND 2, 11 inn|
|928||Wed 16-Jul-2008||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 6, Batavia 5|
|968||Fri 5-Sep-2008||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 17, Hudson Valley 0|
|995||Mon 20-Jul-2009||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 8, Jamestown 7|
|1036||Wed 9-Sep-2009||NY-Penn||A||Lowell 3, STATEN ISLAND 2, 11 inn|
|1039||Mon 14-Sep-2009||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 3, Mahoning Valley 0|
|1072||Mon 9-Aug-2010||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 8, Williamsport 7|
|1162||Wed 31-Aug-2011||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 3, Vermont 2|
|1168||Fri 9-Sep-2011||NY-Penn||A||Brooklyn 12, STATEN ISLAND 5|
|1223||Thu 23-Aug-2012||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 10, Vermont 1|
|1263||Tue 6-Aug-2013||NY-Penn||A||State College 7, STATEN ISLAND 3|
|1325||Thu 31-Jul-2014||NY-Penn||A||Lowell 11, STATEN ISLAND 4|
|1402||Wed 12-Aug-2015||NY-Penn||A||Williamsport 4, STATEN ISLAND 1|
|1476||Mon 8-Aug-2016||NY-Penn||A||STATEN ISLAND 4, Lowell 1|