Yankee Stadium: Travel Guide for a Yankees Game in New York

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••• The view from the Grandstand Level at New Yankee Stadium. John Dalton on Flickr

Back in 2009, the New York Yankees unveiled the modern version of Yankee Stadium, otherwise known as the house Derek Jeter built. It may feel more like a museum than a baseball stadium, but it has plenty of cache in its name alone. Unlike their crosstown rivals the New York Mets, the Yankees have generally been offering competitive regular season and playoff baseball since opening the new Yankee Stadium.

Prices for food and tickets are pretty expensive, but you’re in New York so you should expect that to begin with. Add in the historical element of Monument Park and Yankee Stadium is a trip you need to make at some point in your life.

Tickets & Seating Areas

There was a lot of concern that Yankee tickets would be hard to come by when the new Stadium opened, but the ticket prices have kept a good supply of tickets in the marketplace. On the primary ticketing side, you can buy tickets through the Yankees either online, via phone, or at the Yankee Stadium box office. The Yankees don’t variably price their tickets, so it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is or who they’re playing. Ticket prices in sections never change. Tickets start as low as $18 for bleacher seats.

There’s plenty of inventory and options for the secondary market, but the dynamic has changed. The Yankees no longer allow the printing of tickets to PDF form.

The Yankees did this to make it more difficult for fans to sell through StubHub and encourage ticket holders to re-sell their tickets on the official Yankees Ticket Exchange. Fans buying tickets on Stubhub will now need to make their decisions in advance because the physical tickets take a couple days to be sent through UPS.

For sales on the day of or day before a game, fans will have to use Ticket Exchange. There are also ticket aggregators like SeatGeek and ‎TiqIQ that pull all the broker options together. You’ll likely find cheaper pricing for off-peak days and opponents than what you could buy on the primary market.

There aren't many bad sightlines in Yankee Stadium, so you'll be able to enjoy your baseball from many different sections. If you want a big time ballpark experience, spend to sit in the Legends Seats around home plate and the dugouts. Ticket prices vary from approximately $600-$1600 per ticket, but you’re getting the best seats in the house. Those seats also come with unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages with waiter service bringing things to you in the best seats in the house that get you up close to your favorite Yankees like Jeter.

For less money, you can look into the Jim Beam suite area prices. Tickets come with club access, a lounge area, and cushioned seats for those behind home plate. There’s also the Mohegan Sun Batter’s Eye seats in center field, which are the three rows above the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar. The seats start at $65 and also offer all-inclusive food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Malibu Rooftop Deck near section 310 offers the same thing.

You may be best served just to by Upper Deck tickets, watch the first couple innings from your seats, and then wander down to field level and enjoy the game from the standing room areas as you walk around. You’ll have a pretty good view of everything going on.

Getting There

It's very easy to get to Yankee Stadium. Travelers from the east side of Manhattan should take the #4 subway line which has stops all the way from downtown by Wall Street and City Hall to Grand Central and the Upper East Side. Those on the west side of Manhattan can take the B (only on weekdays) or D subway lines, which have stops near Herald Square, Bryant Park, and Columbus Circle. Those subway lines also cross the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Those subway stops are easily accessible via bus, subway, or taxi from other areas of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Metro North also has a stop at Yankee Stadium on the Hudson Line, which serves Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties. Should you decide to drive, there are various parking areas around the stadium, but they’re all very expensive.

Pregame & Postgame Fun

Unfortunately, there isn’t much great food near Yankee Stadium, but you won’t lack for bar options. The biggest of the bunch is Billy’s Sports Bar, which is swarmed with crowds before and after the game. There’s not much to it other than loud music and people talking baseball, but you’ll have fun if you’re in the mood. Stan’s is also a popular venue with more history than Billy’s. Those looking for less action can go to smaller places like Yankee Tavern or Yankee Bar & Grill.

There’s a Hard Rock Cafe built into Yankee Stadium, so you can go there for a bite before the game if you’re willing to put up with the wait and the standard Hard Rock Cafe menu. NYY Steak is there as well, but it’s not worth dropping the money for a very average experience.

At the Game

Once inside Yankee Stadium, you’ll have plenty of places to eat. Lobel’s Steak Sandwiches are great if you’re willing to pay the $15 and wait on long lines near sections 134 and 322. Those interested in steak and shorter lines can go to one of the many Carl’s Steaks stands around the stadium and get themselves a cheesesteak that is good enough to make a ballpark attendee happy. You can find those near sections 107, 223, and 311. Cult favorite Parm from Soho opened up a stand in the Great Hall between sections 4 and 6 which serves up chicken parm and turkey sandwiches with much acclaim.

The barbecue chain Brother Jimmy’s has four locations (sections 133, 201, 214, and 320A) around the stadium and can satisfy your barbecue cravings. Get some fried pickles and a pulled pork sandwich to make your ballpark experience more enjoyable. Those who like nachos can create their own at the Wholly Guacamole stands near section 104, 233A, and 327. If you do end up on the Malibu Rooftop Deck, you should make sure to try the bacon and cheese stuffed burger. Finally, there’s always the chicken fingers, which are as good as any you can get at a Major League Baseball ballpark. You can thank Nathan’s for that.

History

The new Monument Park at Yankee Stadium exists behind the center field fence, just underneath the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar. It opens on game days with the gates and remains open until 45 minutes before first pitch. You can see the retired numbers of all the Yankee greats and the five main monuments. It's great for pictures with the family.

The Yankee Stadium museum is another great place to enjoy the Yankees' history.  There's a wall of autographed baseballs from current and former Yankees. There's also numerous plaques and items providing a historic tour of the Yankees' success. It's located near Gate 6, is free of charge, and is open until the end of the eighth inning.

Where to Stay

Hotel rooms in New York are as expensive as any city in the world, so don't expect to catch a break on pricing. They’re cheaper in the summer, but things can get pretty expensive in the spring. There are numerous brand name hotels in and around Times Square, but you might be best served not staying in such a highly-trafficked location. You're not that bad off as long as you're within a subway ride of Yankee Stadium. Travelocity offers last minute deals if you're scrambling a few days before you attend the game. Alternatively, you can look into renting an apartment via AirBnB. People in Manhattan always so apartment availability should be reasonable at any time of the year.