History of the New Yankee Stadium
The New Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 on April 2nd against the Cleveland Indians in the Bronx, NY. The venue was built directly across from the old stadium, so they share the same address as East 161st Street Yankee Stadium. Some people refer to this building as the house that Derek Jeter built as the original Yankee Stadium was known as the House that Ruth built.
Here is my review of Yankee Stadium along with a video vlog of a game in 2019.
What Team Plays at Yankee Stadium?
The NY Yankees, who are a Major League Baseball team, play at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees play in in the American League East Division. In the American League East Division, you have the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, and Baltimore Orioles.
In the stadium’s first year, the New York Yankees won the World Series for their 27th World Series Championship against the Philadelphia Phillies. As the years have gone by, The New York Yankees have updated their new stadium with new features and amenities for their fans.
What Times Do the Gates Open at Yankee Stadium?
Many fans want to know what time does the Yankee Game start. The most common question is what times does Yankee Stadium open for a 7 pm game. No matter what time the game is, Yankee Stadium opens 2 hours before the first pitch. The one game in the season where the gates open even sooner is Old Timers Day.
Where is Yankee Stadium Located?
There are multiple boroughs that make up NYC which may surprise travelers who are not familiar with the areas. The question “Yankee Stadium is located in which New York City borough” comes up often for travelers. The New Yankee Stadium’s location is in the Bronx, NY in the United States which is a few miles up from Manhattan. Check out the Yankee Stadium Parking guide if you plan to drive to the game.
Who Owns Yankee Stadium?
The Yankees own the naming right and the stadium. You will notice that the Yankees kept their name on the stadium which is a rarity in sports today. The owners of the team continue to be the Steinbrenner family and firmly want to keep the name away from corporate sponsors.
What are the New Yankee Stadium Dimensions?
Yankee Stadium technically carries the same dimensions over from their old ballpark, but the wall height is about two feet shorter than the old place. In right field, you will see a listing for 314 feet which is marked as the “short porch in right” by many analysts. In right-center, you will see a marking of 385 feet, center field is 408, left center is 399, and left field is 318. The dimensions are same as the old Yankee Stadium dimensions, but the fence at the new place is two feet shorter and right field does not have a gradual curve to center.
What is the New Yankee Stadium Seating Capacity?
The official capacity at the new Yankee Stadium is 50,291. When you compare it to the old stadium, you lose around 7 thousand seats. One main differences of the new and old stadium is the new stadium has extra legroom ranging between 33 and 39 inches compared to 29.5 inches at the old stadium.
Amenities at the Ballpark
The concourse average width is 32 feet and almost the entire stadium has an open view to the stadium. The great hall has an open view of the Bronx, NY with pictures of past Yankee players. Some of the players include Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, and more. The new Yankee Stadium museum is free to check out for fans too. One of the best aspects of the museum his seeing Thurmon Munson’s locker.
The New York Yankees had an average of 42,998 fans per game in 2018. To help catch a game, fans should look for tickets against the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, and the Oakland Athletics since those opposing fans travel less often to games. Big matchups against the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers will require fans to depend on StubHub, TicketMaster, SeatGeek, and more to find seats from season ticket holders.
Yankee Stadium Standing Room Tickets
Yankee Stadium does offer standing room only sections which is nice. The standing room only sections are on the lower parts of the stadium under the concourse. The downside of these seats is that you won’t be able to see the ball up in the air when their is a pop up, but the value is cheap.
Best Seats at Yankee Stadium
The best seats at Yankee Stadium are the ones behind home plate, but most casual fans can’t afford those prices. There are no obstructed views at the arena, so technically there is not a bad seat in the house. The best seats with great views and a reasonable prices include field level seats. The seats in section 203 out in the bleachers might be the most fun since that is where the bleacher creatures sit.
With Yankee Stadium in NYC, you have a few options to the north and south of your location. The closes ballpark next to the Bronx is Citi Field in Queens NY. Citi Field is where the New York Mets play, so try and plan your trip when both teams are playing to maximize your trip.
If you go northeast, Fenway Park is about 3.5 hours away by bus, car, and train. The Red Sox and Yankees play against each other often but expect tickets to be more expensive. If you go north from Yankee Stadium, can get to Rogers Centre which is about ten hours away.
To the south, you can find Citizens Bank Park which is out in Philly. That is the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Not too far from that, you can catch a game at Camden Yards which is home to the Baltimore Orioles.
There are many great features for fans to take in when visiting Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium tours are available all year around too. Check out Monument Park, the Hall of Fame, and the Great Hall if possible.