The original Yankee Stadium, demolished in 2010, was built in 1923 in the Bronx, New York. Over the years the stadium was upgraded and changed. In 2006, construction of a new $2.3 billion stadium on public land adjacent to the stadium was launched. The new stadium, which opened in 2009, featured a design including a replica of the frieze along the roof that was on the original Yankee Stadium, a Monument Park, and Yankee player Hall of Fame.
As you visit this modernized version of Yankee Stadium, it may feel more like a museum than a baseball stadium, but that is important to the legions of fans who come to reminisce as well as see a modern-day Yankees baseball game. Unlike their crosstown rivals the New York Mets, the Yankees have been offering competitive regular season and playoff baseball since opening the new Yankee Stadium. Prices for food and tickets are pretty expensive but when you want to experience a Yankee's game, that needs to be built into the budget.
Add in the historical interest of Monument Park, and a trip to Yankee Stadium may find itself on your bucket list.
Tickets and Seating Areas
There was a concern that Yankee tickets would be hard to come by when the new Stadium opened, but the higher cost of the tickets has meant that there will be more available to those willing to pay the price.
On the direct ticketing side, you can buy tickets through the Yankees either online, via phone, or at the Yankee Stadium box office. The Yankees don’t vary the price of 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 and tickets start as low as $15 for bleacher seats.
There’s plenty of inventory and options to buy via the secondary market, but the process has changed. The New York Yankees entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement with StubHub, designating the company as the official fan-to-fan ticket resale marketplace of the New York Yankees. The new system allows StubHub to be completely integrated into the Yankees ticket system, replacing the Yankees Ticket Exchange.
Yankees tickets purchased at StubHub are delivered right to the StubHub app within minutes of placing your order. And, you can use the app to scan your tickets and get into the game. If the tickets aren't available for instant delivery, StubHub sends you an email with information on how to get your tickets.
There are also ticket aggregators like SeatGeek and TicketIQ that pull all the broker options together. You’ll likely find cheaper pricing for off-peak days than what you could buy on the primary market.
There aren't many bad sight lines 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 enough on your tickets to sit in the Legends Suites 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 wait service.
For less money, you can look into the Jim Beam Suite seat prices. Tickets come with club access, a lounge area, and cushioned seats for those behind home plate.
If you just don't want to spend that much money, 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. That way, you’ll have a pretty good view of everything going on.
It's very easy to get to Yankee Stadium. Travelers from the east side of Manhattan can 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 and 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, on River Avenue, 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. Stan’s Sports Bar is also a popular venue with more history than Billy’s. Stan's is an indoor-outdoor kind of place where you can hear the fans at the stadium cheering. You'll find fans snapping pictures of famous Yankees caricatured on the walls and checking out the hundreds of pictures of ballplayers and ballparks on the bar top.
And, there are more watering holes. Those looking for less action can go to smaller places like Yankee Tavern or Yankee Bar & Grill.
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.
The new Monument Park at Yankee Stadium exists behind the center field fence, just underneath the 1893 Club. 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 expensive, 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 or sharing an apartment via Airbnb.