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    1st Trip To Yankee Stadium Advice

    I'll be making the first trip to see the new park next Thursday (1 PM).
    I am coming from the Danbury area and had several questions.


    1) Which is the best mode to get there for the 1 PM game?
    -I will take Metro North...but wasn't sure if it's best to drive to a NY Metro Station on the Hudson line.
    -Is the Metro North station going to and from the game direct from Yankee Stadium with NO changes?
    -Basically what station do you recommend for this time of day game?

    2) It's 1 PM...I want to get there as early as possible to explore the stadium.
    -What time do you recommend I catch a train?
    -What time does it open?

    3) What would you recommend I do/see before the game?
    -Monmument Park?
    -The muesuem?
    -BP (how low can you go...is it hard to get autographs)?
    -Anything else?

    4) Concessions.
    -Is there a list of what speciality stands/menu's are where and what do you recommend?

    Thanks.

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    1) How there a lot of Yankee fans are there in Danbury?
    -How many, what percent would you say?

    2) Was this the normal amount of fans NYY has in any given area?
    -If not, what is?
    -Was this more or less?

    3) How did this compare to when other other cities Yankee fans?
    -Does NYY have similar, more, or less fans in other cities around Danbury?

    4) On TV, it looked and sounded like there were some Yankee fans in Danbury.
    However, compared to years past, it defintely looked and seemed more muted and lower than before.
    I wanted to know if indeed this was the case...if Danbury Yankees fans are less numerous at NYS OR if this is just an illusion due to the new stadium having sound from the upper deck not carrying as well?

    -I would expect NYY to have a large fanbase in Danbury, given that NYY is the most winnigest team, playing in the larger market, coming off a title.
    -For those from Danbury, could you verify if this was in fact the case?

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    Gates open at 11. Consult the MNRR timetables to determine your best train. IDK when the first train drops off at the Stadium, but if it's too late for you, you kay want to change at 42nd or 125th.

    From what others have said, autos are hard to get (and you won't see much if any Yanks BP), and the line to Monument Park gets long quick and it closes 45 minutes before game time. You may want to prioritize. You can visit the museum up until the 7th inning.

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    Agreed - go to Monument Park first and when the Stadium opens - the lines really grow so do that then visit the Museum

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericns1
    Agreed - go to Monument Park first and when the Stadium opens - the lines really grow so do that then visit the Museum
    You would need to go in through Gate 8, which is directly behind Monument Park. Its easier to beat the crowd from the outside, then fighting through the inside of YS

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    Thank goodness for this thread. I'll need it in a few weeks.

    As far as specialty concessions, in the Yankee Stadium thread all I kept reading was raves about garlic fries and expensive, but worth it, Lobell's sandwiches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DontHateOnNumber2
    Thank goodness for this thread. I'll need it in a few weeks.

    As far as specialty concessions, in the Yankee Stadium thread all I kept reading was raves about garlic fries and expensive, but worth it, Lobell's sandwiches.
    Just keep in mind that all ballpark food is substandard and then when you are hungry pick what you want but know that you will satisfy your hungar but that the food won't be up to your normal standards.

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    The ballpark food is much much better than it was several years ago, with this Legends company. But it is still expensive and not as good as the hype. I can attest that the garlic fries are a must-have, but other than that I usually bring my own food.

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    http://nyystadiuminsider.com/site/content/tips.html

    Some Tips To Help Fans Get The Most Out Of Their First (or second, or third) Visit To The New Yankee Stadium
    We were thinking about publishing an "unofficial, uncensored guide to the new Yankee Stadium," similar to what The Mets Police did prior to the home opener at Citi Field. Then, we realized that there is no way that we have gathered enough information from the two exhibition games in the new Yankee Stadium to put together an authoritative guide. Therefore, we have decided to pass along some tips to get you through your first trip to the stadium.

    Getting There:

    Yankees.com has info about arriving to the game via mass transit and provides driving directions. MTA.info has information about the new Metro North stop at Yankee Stadium. RiverAveBlues.com has more great info about the Metro North Station opening.

    Tip: Avoid driving to the game at all costs, but if you must drive, head to baseball-parking.com and pre-purchase your parking to save a bit of time.
    Pro-Tip: (courtesy of NYYSI reader Arthur). If you are coming from the George Washington Bridge (New Jersey or Pennsylvania), here are some tips to avoid traffic when visiting Yankee Stadium. This option should only be used if you get off the George Washington Bridge and there is massive traffic on the Major Deegan:
    Arriving By Car
    This option is a little tricky but well worth it if the traffic crossing the bridge and heading to the Deegan are at a standstill.
    1. As you cross the George Washington Bridge, take the Henry Hudson Parkway South (aka Westside Highway)
    2. Take first exit (I think its 158 St). This will be a curvy sort of u-turn that will bring you up a hill into Washington Heights.
    3. Follow the street up to Broadway.
    4. Make a right onto Broadway
    5. Make a left onto 155th Street.
    6. This will take you to the Macombs Dam Bridge. See above for parking options.
    7. You can either hang a right after crossing the bridge, which will bring you to the parking lots down by the river - good tailgating scene. Or you can park at the brand spanking new Ruppert Lot which is directly adjacent to the old joint and across the street from the new Stadium.
    The Area Around The Stadium

    The North side of the stadium is flanked by an area of the Bronx previously undiscovered by those only visiting for Yankee games. The area doesn't exactly make you feel safe, but there is a strong police presence and it certainly isn't as much of an eyesore as 126th street, next to the Mets new home in Flushing.

    Tip: From inside of the stadium, there are actually some interesting views of the Bronx skyline when you are walking up the left field ramp. We never noticed before, but from inside of the stadium, the buildings that you see really make you realize that you are in a neighborhood steeped in history.

    The "How May I Help You People" (Customer Service)

    There are people inside and out of the stadium holding "how may I help you" signs. They may be friendly, but they usually can't offer you much information of value.

    Tip: If you are an out of towner, these guys will help you with basic stadium information. If you regularly go to the stadium, you probably know more than these guys and can avoid them altogether.

    Getting Tickets

    The new Yankee Stadium ticket windows are now located inside of a lobby, and away from the outdoor elements. At times, the lines (for purchasing and picking up will-call tickets) are disorganized and very frustrating. As for buying tickets, most of the affordable seats directly from the Yankees are already sold out, so the best bet is the secondary market (Stubhub, Ebay, Craigslist). Each year, early season games (other than opening day) sell for well below face value.

    Tip: FanSnap.com is the best resource for buying Yankees tickets. They have a really slick user interface that captures all of the possible tickets for each Yankees game from various ticket broker sources and lets you know which seats are the best value. We can't recommend it enough. Think of it as Kayak.com, but for sports tickets. You can also take a look at SeatGeek.com which does something similar with a more clunky interface. The cool thing about SeatGeek.com is that they tell you when to buy tickets to a specific event, and even have an email alert system. Think of it as Farecast.com (now Bing Travel), but for sports tickets. Finally, http://newyork.craigslist.org/tix is always an option. You skirt the fees this way, but you have to deal in person and with cash. You also have to wade through a lot of annoying ticket broker posts to get to the real people. This also isn't great for out of towners, since a lot of people selling on Craigslist aren't willing to accept PayPal (and it is technically against Cragslist policy).
    Pro-Tip: If you are buying tickets from someone on Craigslist, try to get them to forward you e-tickets. If they are season ticketholders, it will cost them $2 per ticket to do this, but it gives you the peace of mind that your tickets will be valid when they are scanned at the gate. Many people prefer "hard tickets" to sporting events as souvenirs. However, specifically requesting hard tickets for a game can leave you open to being scammed. The person selling you a hard ticket could have very easily forwarded e-tickets for that game to themselves (or someone else), which deactivates the original hard tickets. Buyer beware. Also, be wary of someone trying to sell you an e-ticket that has been forwarded as a .PDF file within a personal email, instead of one from the Yankees automated system. We're not trying to make people paranoid, but it doesn't hurt to be educated.
    Getting Into The Stadium

    If you are arriving at the game via mass transit, expect to be herded like a cow through the biggest crosswalk you will ever see. This crosswalk will lead you directly into Babe Ruth Plaza, which is adjacent to the Gate 4 entrance to the stadium. If you enter through Gate 4, or Gate 6, you will find yourself in the Great Hall.

    Tip: We're very hesitant to tell you this, but walk north on River Avenue past McDonalds for around a block and you'll find the entrance to the stadium that never had a line. This is the entrance closest to the bleachers and the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar and it is the fastest way through the gates if you are running late. Even during the 2009 World Series, there was no wait to get into the stadium.

    The Great Hall

    The Great Hall is one of the more impressive features of the new Yankee Stadium. You truly feel like you are in some sort of museum or monument while walking through the hall. Of course, there are plenty of places to spend your money, including the now famous "retro beer" stand, where you can buy a 16 oz. can of Pabst Blue Ribbon for the low introductory price of $9. The huge, hi-def monitor high atop the hall, featuring a feed of the game, is attention-grabbing and makes your home television cry with jealousy.

    Tip: Take the surprisingly efficient (and roomy) elevators, located between Gate 4 and Gate 6, if you plan on heading up to the Grandstand. They'll make you wonder how you ever dealt with the crappy escalators and ramps in the old Yankee Stadium.

    Yankee Heritage

    Contrary to some reports, the Yankees have not completely forgotten their past in their move to the new Yankee Stadium. The storyboards on the light posts flanking Babe Ruth Plaza tell the Babe's story. The banners in the great hall highlight some of the great Yankees. Monument Park features the same monuments and plaques as before, and the Yankee Museum is a brand new addition to the stadium, giving a nod to all of the players who have ever put on a Yankee uniform.

    Tip: Skip Monument Park on your first trip to the new Stadium and head right to the Yankee museum. If you enter the stadium through Gate 4, take the elevator that is attached to the Hard Rock Cafe, directly under the huge hi-def screen in the Great Hall. This elevator will take you directly into the Yankee Museum which will help you avoid the line that is bound to form outside. Don't miss the wall of baseballs featuring signatures from nearly every player to don the pinstripes, and of course, the great Thurman Munson's locker is on display to solemnly view.

    Field Level

    The Field Level concourse is clearly the best place to roam around in the new Yankee Stadium. It is wide, it features great views of the field, and there is direct access to all of the new concessions that Yankee Stadium has to offer. Fans can circle the entire circumference of the seating bowl via this concourse, so it is good if you need to get your walking in.

    Tip: Hang out by section 120A and say hello to security guard Chris "Smoov" Johnson. There is a friendly community of Yankees fans who hang out there to catch the game from prime standing room real estate without any extra cost.

    Security


    The security force at the new Yankee Stadium has been significantly expanded, meaning a lot of the security guards are brand new to their posts. That inexperience, combined with overwhelmingly strict policies by supervisors, results in frustration on the part of security and fans alike. The rigidity of the security guards will likely make you feel unwelcome during your first trip to the stadium, but try to understand that these security guards are underpaid, under-trained, and likely overworked.

    Tip: If you are friendly to these guys and understand that they're not getting paid a lot of money to do a job they don't really care that much about, you'll have a much better time communicating with them.

    Standing Room Only
    As of 2010, Yankee Stadium standing room only tickets are finally on sale. They are priced as follows:
    • Field Level Standing Room Only (listed on Ticketmaster as Cafe Seating) - $75
    • Main Level Standing Room Only - $48
    • Terrace Level Standing Room Only - $29
    From what we can tell, the Yankees sell field level standing room only tickets for every game, but only put other levels on sale for premium or sold out games. Interestingly, the Field Level standing room seats actually include a bar stool and a tabletop surface, so they aren't really "standing" room. During the 2009 playoffs (and currently on Ticketmaster), these were sold as "cafe seating." On the Main and Terrace Levels, there will be metal bar-like surfaces to hold food and drink, but there won't be stools or chairs.
    Tip: The $75 field level standing room tickets are a good value, considering the fact that you have bar stool and a table, as long as you aren't stuck all the way in the outfield. If you get tickets in section 120as, consider it the jackpot. The views from there are great. Also, say hello to our security guard friend C-Smoov (Chris Johnson). Tell him NYY Stadium Insider sent you.
    Pro-Tip: Stay away from the $29 Terrace Level standing room tickets until further notice. During 2009, the area behind the wheelchair seating (where standing room would be) offered obstructed views of the infield, no matter where you were on the terrace level. These tickets definitely seem like a poor value, unless it is for a premium game and you just want to get into the stadium and roam around.

    Obstructed Views
    Obstructed views have been extensively covered on Stadium Insider. You can perform a quick search of the blog and you will find many stories pertaining to them. The key obstructions are in the bleachers closest to center field (section 201 and 239). Some of the upper deck grandstand sections in the outfield don't have views of the outfield corners, and some of the Jim Beam Suites have plexiglass partitions that block some views (supposedly being fixed before the 2010 season).
    Tip: If you want to get into the stadium for cheap, purchase some obstructed view bleacher seats and never sit in them. Simply find a nice standing room spot on the field level and enjoy your great view. Obviously, this isn't good for old people or people with children who don't want to stand the entire game.
    The Bleachers

    The obstructions in the bleachers have been beaten to death by the mainstream media. We have also covered it in depth, in a guide to the obstructions at the new Yankee Stadium. Therefore, lets focus on the positive. The views from inside of and directly behind the right and left field bleachers are breathtaking. At $12, the bleachers are easily the best value in the stadium. If you can deal with not having a seat back, this is where you want to be.

    Tip: The infamous bleacher creatures reside in the right field bleachers, in sections 202 and 203. This is the best atmosphere in the stadium, but it isn't for the faint of heart. If you are offended by some foul language and occasional brawls, this might not be the section for you. For anyone who wants to experience Yankee Stadium, we recommend taking a walk out behind this section (there is some standing room) and taking in the atmosphere.

    The Main Level (200's Sections)

    Seats in the 200's are considerably more affordable, but still out of most people's price range. That being said, these seats, and the standing room behind them also offer some great views of the field. During the cold weather, the back rows are protected from the wind, so it is considerably warmer. During the hot weather, these seats are out of the direct sunlight, so you can stay cooler. These are mostly excellent seats.

    Tip: If you are traveling from left field to right field, or vice-versa, avoid using the main level concourse. For whatever reason, the flow on this level is the worst in the stadium. The concourse is an improvement upon the old Yankee Stadium concourses, but still elicits bad memories when you are being rubbed up against from a fat guy walking behind you. It seems as though the concession stand lines are poorly organized, and completely stem the tide of people milling around.

    Upper Deck

    The upper deck of the new Yankee Stadium is now referred to as the "Grandstand" (400's section) in the upper portion, and the "Terrace"(300's section) in the lower portion. If you have ever been to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the new Yankee Stadium upper deck is very similar. If you are purchasing Grandstand level tickets, note that once you head out toward the outfield in the mid 400's range, you are much further recessed from the action than you were in the old Yankee Stadium. For that reason, seats near the foul pole that were considered to be the worst in the house in the old Yankee Stadium might actually provide a better view than some seats "closer" to home plate. Many of the rows in the Grandstand are covered from the elements (roughly row7 and higher), but the entire upper level of the stadium is open air, so when the weather is bad, it offers little protection against the cold or rain.

    Tip: The food on the upper deck is consistently the worst in the stadium. Get your food on another level and bring it up to your seat.

    Cellular and Wireless Connectivity

    At peak times (between innings during a sold-out game), you might have trouble making a call, but the Yankees have worked with the major cell phone providers to ensure the inconveniences are minimal.

    As for wireless internet service in the new stadium, while the place is wired for it, there is no public wi-fi. There is only a protected wireless network for the press to use. Note that if you have a wireless device that automatically connects to the internet, you will default to the protected wireless network. The network itself isn't protected with a password, but a splash page will load within your browser, asking you to enter your login credentials. We have learned to turn off the wi-fi on our smart phone before entering the stadium. The Yankees plan this feature for the future, but it will likely be confined to specialized devices that are distributed within the stadium, and not for use on individual's wireless-compatible devices

    Tip: If you bring a cell phone charger to the game, there are places to charge your depleted battery. At the entrance to wheelchair accessible seating behind most seating sections, there is a small door that covers two power outlets. The security guard manning that spot should be trained to allow you to charge your phone. The only issue we ran into was that there was no place to rest our phone, except for a narrow railing. It was a bit stressful leaving it on the rail, but it was our only choice since the charging cable was not very long, and standing up next to the outlet and holding the device would block the entrance to the seating section, or the wheelchair seats. Still, it is very cool that the new Yankee Stadium offers piece of mind regarding a drained battery.

    Food & Drink

    There really is something for everyone when it comes to food and drink at the new Yankee Stadium. From frickles (fried pickles) to spicy tuna rolls, the Yankees have you covered. Unfortunately, most of the food is mediocre and is served soggy or cold. Prices are what you would expect from a baseball stadium. For those in the mood for $15 cocktails, the Tommy Bahama bar is open on the upper level of the Great Hall, between Gate 4 and Gate 6. Serious Eats extensively covered the food options upon the stadium's opening and Retail Anarchy had some pretty harsh words about the service that was provided by the concession stand workers during the exhibition games against the Cubs. Sadly, these issues continued all through 2009.

    Tip(s):
    - The only food worth going specifically to the stadium to eat is the Lobel's Steak Sandwich. It is only sold in one location, down the left field line on the field level. You'll see the huge line near the carving window. The sandwich is $15, but it is filling and it is high quality food.
    - The garlic fries receive rave reviews by some, but only if you enjoy extremely greasy and slimy garlic fries. West coast garlic fries bake the garlic in and are more dry. These fries are just drizzled with garlic and oil, so they are pretty messy and extremely strong.

    Membership Only Clubs

    The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar (the monstrosity that obstructs the view of over 1,000 bleacher seats), and the Audi Yankees Club are the two "membership only" clubs in the new Yankee Stadium. However, the team also sells individual game tickets in each of these clubs, allowing fans to experience them without splurging for an even more expensive membership price.

    The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar membership is presently being offered to all Full, 41 20, 15, 12 and 11 Game Ticket Plan Licensees, subject to availability. The cost of membership is $750 for full season and is prorated down for the smaller plans. Individual game tickets in the front of the bar in assigned seats are $90 each, or $95 on game day.

    The Audi Yankees club membership is open to all Yankee ticket plan licensees. The cost of membership is $975 for full season and is prorated down for the smaller plans. Individual game tickets in the front of the club in assigned seats are $140 each, or $150 on game day, and include a world class, all you can eat meal featuring action cooking stations. Regular Membership only permits access to the club and does not include food and beverages, the Audi Yankees Club ticketed seating area or admission to any games. For members, the all you can eat buffet costs $65.

    Tip:
    The Mohegan Sun Sports bar is pretty useless. It is jam-packed, the impressive-looking menu features unimpressive food, and although you find yourself literally in the "batter's eye," you might as well be in ESPN Zone in Times Square because you are so removed from the action on the field. Don't be a sucker and pay for membership in this club. The Yankees should make a smart move and open up the bar to the public and charge a $20 cover. Those fans wouldn't have access to the rest of the stadium, but would be able to catch a glimpse of the game out the window, since all you get is a glimpse.

    If you insist on spending money at one of these clubs, the Audi Yankees Club is the best option. The all you can eat buffet is actually really good and is worth the $65.

    Be on the lookout for Audi Yankees Club one-day membership passes on the secondary ticket market, especially via Goldstar.com (check out our discount Yankees tickets section of NYYSI for these deals). The Yankees count on making their money back on their $65 all you can eat, high end buffet by collecting that $975 membership charge. If you are able to gain access to the club for cheap enough, and you can put food down with the best of them, you are bound to get your $65's worth, especially if they are serving lobster and filet mignon! Also, be on the lookout for Yankee ticket deals for the seating/eating combo, as they have been known to offer "e-savers" on the official Yankees website.

    Smoking

    Unlike Citi Field in Flushing, there are no designated smoking areas. According to the A-Z Guide on Yankees.com. "Smoking is prohibited in Yankee Stadium. In consideration for the comfort of all guests, the Yankees ask for your cooperation. There are no designated smoking areas inside Yankee Stadium, and re-entry is prohibited. The smoking policy is strictly enforced, and violators will be ejected from Yankee Stadium immediately." The Yankees got better with stationing security guards around the less traveled areas of the stadium as the 2009 season went on. If you are caught smoking, the security guard will likely rip your ticket as a warning. One more rip of the ticket and you're out of there. Of course, if you get a security guard in a bad mood, they might just kick you out.

    Tip: If you insist on killing your lungs, you can go down to the Hard Rock Cafe patio, right off of the "Great Hall." Re-entry is allowed through the Hard Rock, so you can just get your hand stamped, smoke your cigarette and then go back into the main area of the stadium.

    Bathrooms

    Bathrooms are more plentiful at the new Yankee Stadium and seem to be designed better. As a man, you won't have to be worried about being splashed when using a urinal. The urinals are still manual, meaning that if you want to be considerate and flush for the next person, you will have to put personal hygiene on the back-burner. Bathrooms in the upper deck did not seem to have dividers between urinals, and there was no hot water in the sinks, while the bathrooms on the lower level had both. Those amenities are obviously only made for those who pay more for their tickets. We haven't checked yet if the bathrooms on the main level have room temperature water and some splash guards.

    Tip:
    The men's bathroom on the field level concourse, right near the Gate 4 entrance to the stadium features dividers between urinals, and had warm water in the sinks. This was equivalent to luxury accommodations compared to the old Yankee Stadium, and even the upper deck. It probably isn't worth traveling down to that bathroom from the upper level, but if you are in the lower levels, it is the best bathroom around.

    Hard Rock Cafe

    The Hard Rock Cafe isn't anything groundbreaking, but it is actually a nice addition to the stadium. There are photographs lining the walls of famous musicians, all wearing Yankees gear. Great touch. As we mentioned in our initial review, the prices aren't much higher than typical Hard Rock Cafe prices, so you will be looking at around $15 for a burger. Considering that you get to sit down and be waited on, it isn't a terrible deal. Be aware that this particular Hard Rock Cafe has less seating than most, so you are likely to have to wait at least 30 minutes for sit down service.

    Tip: You can re-enter the stadium through the Hard Rock Cafe. See more below.

    Re-Entry To Yankee Stadium

    The Yankees don't officially allow re-entry, but we think we have found a way.

    Tip:
    If you go to Gate 6 via the Great Hall, you can wait in line to enter the Hard Rock Cafe, which is open to the public. Since it is open to the public, the Yankees have to stamp your ticket on the way in, allowing you re-entry to the stadium once you are done with your meal. We haven't personally tried this, but we see no reason why you wouldn't be able to utilize this loophole to leave the stadium completely, and then for re-enter. Sure, the line is likely to be a bit longer to exit via the Hard Rock Cafe, but isn't it a better option than rioting outside of the Stadium when they don't let you back in?

    Exiting The Stadium

    There are many more exits than there ever were before, but that didn't stop the Yankees from putting up strange barricades and causing some bottlenecking during the exhibition games. Hopefully they will streamline the exit routes for the regular season, as there is no reason that people should have any issues getting out quickly and efficiently.

    Tip: The exit closest to the subway is the River Avenue exit behind center field (look for the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, and you will see this exit). The exit closest to the new parking garage is at Gate 2.
    Pro-Tip: (Once again, thanks to Arthur). If you are heading back home on the George Washington Bridge, here is the best way to avoid traffic:
    Exiting By Car
    I always try to avoid the Deegan. I NEVER leave a game early. I have too much respect for Mo if they’re winning to do that and I also love a comeback if they’re losing.
    1. Take Macombs Dam Bridge into Manhattan
    2. Follow 155th Street to Broadway
    3. Make right onto Broadway
    4. Make left onto 161st Street
    5. Make right onto Riverside Drive
    6. Follow Riverside Drive to George Washington Bridge
    This information. all first-hand, should help to make your new Yankee Stadium experience extremely enjoyable. Just focus on the positive aspects during your first trip to the new stadium and it will be a much better for everyone involved. We are extremely critical of the out of touch executives in the Yankee front office, but perhaps we have been a bit unfair about the new structure itself. While we are certain that some great things about the old stadium will never return, we are also sure that this stadium will be the home to some great memories. Enjoy the game, and feel free to report back here with anything else you noticed that we might have missed.

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    wow he can finally do his survey's in person
    The real reason why the Yankees keep winning is cause the other team can't stop staring at the damn pinstripes

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    I'd recommend getting there early, the gates open 2hr's before the game so 11am but I'd recommend

    Since you have a 1pm game chances are they wont take BP since Wednesday is a night game so I'd skip that. The museum is really worth it. I'd check that out if I were you.

    As far as concessions go most all are good but I'd recommend the food court which is by section 126 I think. Also the NYYSteak Express stand has a steak sandwich which is $15 but good in my mind. Its by section 109.

    Highlanders stands are also good too. Famiglia pizza is also great but its $5 a slice

    And when you get back I want a full report on what percent of fans that showed up were Yankees fans.
    The real reason why the Yankees keep winning is cause the other team can't stop staring at the damn pinstripes

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    Quote Originally Posted by BronxYanks45
    I'd recommend getting there early, the gates open 2hr's before the game so 11am but I'd recommend

    Since you have a 1pm game chances are they wont take BP since Wednesday is a night game so I'd skip that. The museum is really worth it. I'd check that out if I were you.

    As far as concessions go most all are good but I'd recommend the food court which is by section 126 I think. Also the NYYSteak Express stand has a steak sandwich which is $15 but good in my mind. Its by section 109.

    Highlanders stands are also good too. Famiglia pizza is also great but its $5 a slice

    And when you get back I want a full report on what percent of fans that showed up were Yankees fans.
    Dude, with all due respect, I have to disagree with you bigtime here. First Famiglia Pizza. Maybe this pizza would be edible (certainly not great) in Boise, Idaho, but for NY it's trash. With all the great pizzerias in NY, it's a shame that this is what the Yankees offer. If you have a pizza jones, get your fix elsewhere before or after the game.

    Now onto NYYSteak Express. With Lobel's on the other side of the diamond (left field side), why would anyone bother with the overcooked, over-salted, gray-colored meat at the NYYSteak concession? Unless you love salt, that is. Even the bun is salted (a Weck Roll). I tried it once and I swear that one bite was no different than pouring a box of salt into my mouth. Definitely get the steak sandwich at Lobel's for the same $15.

    Here are my recommendations:
    1. Brother Jimmy's - pulled pork or brisket sandwich. Both are tasty and a good value. Go to the Brother Jimmy concession on the field level by 3rd base.

    2. Lobel's - Although I cook a better steak and there are far better steaks in NY restaurants, for ballpark food it's great. Very good and a nice portion for $15.

    3. Noodle Bowl - though far from the best Chinese food I've ever had, it's actually pretty decent if you're in the mood for Chinese. The LoMein (chicken or beef) is pretty good as are the dumplings, and you get a decent portion.

    4. Carl's Steak - Typical cheesesteak sandwich, which is pretty hard to ruin as long as it's made on the spot and the bread is reasonable fresh, which is usually the case at Carl's concessions.

    If you're going to make a day of it, I'd recommend geting a quick bite elsewhere before the game, like Katz's Deli for a great pastrami sandwich or the hundreds of great pizzerias (Totonno's or DiFara's in Brooklyn to name two) or Italian delis throughout NYC. You can even stay in the Bronx and get some good Italian food on Arthur Ave.

    Stadium food is relative. If it's "great" food it's great in the context of stadiums and not necessarily great cuisine.

    Oh, the garlic fries are great if you like to be overwhelmed with garlic and oil on each bite. I don't but some people don't mind it. And stay away from Johnny Rockets unless you need a hockey puck. Citi Field and Shake Shack (mmmm) have us beat big-time when it comes to burgers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BronxYanks45
    I'd recommend getting there early, the gates open 2hr's before the game so 11am but I'd recommend

    Since you have a 1pm game chances are they wont take BP since Wednesday is a night game so I'd skip that. The museum is really worth it. I'd check that out if I were you.

    As far as concessions go most all are good but I'd recommend the food court which is by section 126 I think. Also the NYYSteak Express stand has a steak sandwich which is $15 but good in my mind. Its by section 109.

    Highlanders stands are also good too. Famiglia pizza is also great but its $5 a slice

    And when you get back I want a full report on what percent of fans that showed up were Yankees fans.
    There is another NYY Steaks kiosk near section 223 (across from Carl's Steaks) - I find that WAY superior to the one on the field level. The times I've been there - they made the sandwich as I ordered it, so it hasn't been sitting under some heat lamp for who knows how long

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    In regards to the train, don't take it from Danbury- none of the Yankee Stadium trains go down the Danbury Branch. Your best bet is either drive to Southeast, or even better, drive to Stamford.

    Both will get you home via a direct train, but the Harlem line one to Southeast, although easy to drive to from Danbury, is local and stops at a ton of stations first. The New Haven branch has a train that is first stop Stamford. There is no point to go to the Hudson line- those trains are actually filled more because they come from Grand Central.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BronxYanks45
    I'd recommend getting there early, the gates open 2hr's before the game so 11am but I'd recommend

    Since you have a 1pm game chances are they wont take BP since Wednesday is a night game so I'd skip that. The museum is really worth it. I'd check that out if I were you.

    As far as concessions go most all are good but I'd recommend the food court which is by section 126 I think. Also the NYYSteak Express stand has a steak sandwich which is $15 but good in my mind. Its by section 109.

    Highlanders stands are also good too. Famiglia pizza is also great but its $5 a slice

    And when you get back I want a full report on what percent of fans that showed up were Yankees fans.
    My god, are you the one that actually eats famous Famaglia?

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    OK...few things.


    1) I can't eat dairy/red meat/fried foods ( don't ask, long story)...so I was considering the following for food:
    A. Boar's Head Deli
    B. Sushi/Noodle Bowl
    C. Moe's

    Questions are
    1) For those who have been, what are your opinions of each?
    2) Are all good, which do you recommend?
    3) Do you remember what they serve?
    4) Does the Boar's Head Deli have just meat or chicken?
    -Do they come pre-made or like subway...you tell what you want on (so I don't get a sandwich with chicken or mayo)?
    5) Same thing for Moe's.


    2) Is it me...or do they have no concessions in the upper deck (300s and 400s)?
    -Can I even get a pretzel there...how are they?

    3) Deciding on where to sit between either
    -415 to 418 and 422 to 425 (Grandstand infield) or
    328-334 and 305-310 (Terrace outfield)

    which is better?

    4) So far as trains go...coming from Danbury
    -Would it be better to drive to Southeast (Brewster) or Stamford...thinking Southeast since it's less time in traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluecountry
    -Can I even get a pretzel there...how are they?
    They're made of meat.
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    There are concessions of most food in the stadium in the upper deck.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra
    Dude, with all due respect, I have to disagree with you bigtime here. First Famiglia Pizza. Maybe this pizza would be edible (certainly not great) in Boise, Idaho, but for NY it's trash. With all the great pizzerias in NY, it's a shame that this is what the Yankees offer. If you have a pizza jones, get your fix elsewhere before or after the game.
    fair point and yes in terms of NY pizza it is not as good but in terms of other concessions, I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluecountry
    OK...few things.


    1) I can't eat dairy/red meat/fried foods ( don't ask, long story)...so I was considering the following for food:
    A. Boar's Head Deli
    B. Sushi/Noodle Bowl
    C. Moe's

    Questions are
    1) For those who have been, what are your opinions of each?
    2) Are all good, which do you recommend?
    3) Do you remember what they serve?
    4) Does the Boar's Head Deli have just meat or chicken?
    -Do they come pre-made or like subway...you tell what you want on (so I don't get a sandwich with chicken or mayo)?
    5) Same thing for Moe's.


    2) Is it me...or do they have no concessions in the upper deck (300s and 400s)?
    -Can I even get a pretzel there...how are they?

    3) Deciding on where to sit between either
    -415 to 418 and 422 to 425 (Grandstand infield) or
    328-334 and 305-310 (Terrace outfield)

    which is better?

    4) So far as trains go...coming from Danbury
    -Would it be better to drive to Southeast (Brewster) or Stamford...thinking Southeast since it's less time in traffic.
    There are a ton of places to eat on the 300 level, you should even take a peak at the Malibu Terrace Deck.

    As far as where to sit, not much difference between Grandstand vs Terrace but since you are going to an afternoon game and if you're someone who gets sunburns easy I'd take Grandstand so atleast you get shade. But if you want to bake in the sun go Terrace. Night games, I'd go Terrace.
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    Malibu Terrace Deck has a beautiful view of Manhattan

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    Is the view better than the view from Central Park?
    -It seems to me the view is about 60% better at the Terrace Deck than it is at Central Park.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BronxYanks45
    There are a ton of places to eat on the 300 level, you should even take a peak at the Malibu Terrace Deck.

    As far as where to sit, not much difference between Grandstand vs Terrace but since you are going to an afternoon game and if you're someone who gets sunburns easy I'd take Grandstand so atleast you get shade. But if you want to bake in the sun go Terrace. Night games, I'd go Terrace.

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    If I were you, I would stay away from Section 321 Behind home plate;Section 214-A;Section 110 Gate 6;Bleachers 238-239 Next to Mohegan. That is where the Strikly Kosher stands are so there will likely be an abundance of Jews there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeterdaman
    If I were you, I would stay away from Section 321 Behind home plate;Section 214-A;Section 110 Gate 6;Bleachers 238-239 Next to Mohegan. That is where the Strikly Kosher stands are so there will likely be an abundance of Jews there.
    It took me a minute to get that but based on the other threads that is hysterical. Well played sir.
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