One of the most iconic destinations for sports fans visiting New York City is Yankee Stadium. It's located in the Bronx at East 161st Street and home to the 27-time World Series Champions the New York Yankees.
Although the original stadium was constructed in 1923 the current version opened in the spring of 2009. It utilizes state-of-the-art technology and has more luxury seats than the former version.
Getting to Yankee Stadium is easy. It's just over the Macombs Dam Bridge from Manhattan. It's easily accessible via New York City public transit, including the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) 4, B, and D subway lines and the Metro-North Railroad. To visit the stadium it's best to come during a game day, but you can also book a stadium tour year-round.
Whenever you visit make sure to stop by Babe Ruth Plaza, Monument Park, and the New York Yankees Museum to get the full experience of this historic ballpark. Also be sure to review the stadium's rules and regulations if you plan to bring food, drinks, or large bags into the park—even for a tour.
Getting to Yankee Stadium
If you're staying in Manhattan there are several ways to get to Yankee Stadium from your accommodations in the city. While getting an NYC taxi cab or calling a Lyft or Uber is generally quicker (depending on the traffic), those are much more expensive options than taking the subway or train.
The MTA subway and Metro-North trains both have Yankee Stadium stops nearby. The subway stop is located outside the stadium at the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue, and the trip takes about 25 from lower Manhattan. You can take the 4, B (weekends only), or D train to the 161 Street / Yankee Stadium stop.
If you're planning on driving to Yankee Stadium it's best to follow GPS directions to the venue's address at 1 East 161st Street, Bronx, New York, 10451. You can also give this address to your cab driver or enter "Yankee Stadium" on your car service app; either way, it will cost you between 20 and 30 dollars from most places in Manhattan.
Things to See at Yankee Stadium
While the stadium itself might be relatively new, the New York Yankees have been a staple of the city's sports' scene for nearly a hundred years. As a result, there's a lot of history to take in on your trip to Yankee Stadium—even during a game day.
When you arrive be sure to check out Babe Ruth Plaza, located just outside Yankee Stadium along 161st Street. This public park is open year-round and retells the life of Babe Ruth, perhaps the most famous Yankee player of all time. You also don't want to miss Monument Park, an open-air exhibit featuring a display of all the New York Yankees' retired uniform numbers as well as commemorative plaques for important players, managers, and events at Yankee Stadium.
Another great stop for Yankees fans is the New York Yankees Museum, located on the Main Level near Gate 6. This well-curated museum features memorabilia, life-size statues, and exhibits dedicated to the team's history—even before the new stadium hosted its first regular season home game versus the Cleveland Indians on April 16, 2009.
In addition to typical hot dogs, beers, and Cracker Jacks being sold in the stands and at the concession stands, there are a lot of different food options at Yankee Stadium from fresh fruit and candied apples to sushi and steak at select restaurants that are only open during game days at the park.
Important Game Day Information
While a tour may be a great way to see the ballpark itself, most people choose to visit Yankee Stadium when the Yankees are playing a home game during the Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season—which typically runs from late March through late September. There are a few things to keep in mind when visiting during a game:
- You should buy Yankees tickets in advance, but they will be available at the box office during the day before each home game.
- Gates open one and a half hours before scheduled games on Mondays through Thursday. Gates open 3 hours prior to scheduled start for Friday night games as well as Saturday games that begin at 4:05 pm or 7:15 pm. On those days fans can watch batting practice.
- Smoking is prohibited in the stadium.
- Coolers, glass and plastic bottles, and cans are not permitted.
- Water bottles are permitted, as are metal containers.
- Bags larger than a purse or a child's backpack are not permitted.
- Juice and tea boxes, cardboard containers, and snacks are allowed, but food must be in a clear plastic bag.
- Security will check your bags for prohibited items and make you either return them to your vehicle or throw them away.
- Battery-powered fans and handheld water misters are a great way to stay cool in the stands.
- Tailgating rules prohibit alcohol and open fires (including barbecues), as well as impeding pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
You might want to review the official New York Yankees Stadium Guide before you go to Yankee Stadium. It does a great job of highlighting Stadium attractions, as well as the many options for food available in the Stadium.