4/18/09 at Yankee Stadium

This was my first game at the new Yankee Stadium. I arrived more than five hours before game time, and I could tell right away why it cost $1.5 billion. In a word, the place is glorious. This was the view shortly after I exited the subway:

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I had lots of time to spare (as planned) so I walked around and took a zillion photos. This is what the side of the stadium looks like just past Gate 6:

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Everything was crisp and clean and well designed and classy. Even the ticket windows…I mean, just look:

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In the photo above, did you notice the flat-screen TVs mounted high on the wall? If you look at the one on the upper right, you can see that the field was not set up for batting practice. Thankfully, within the next few minutes, the L-screen was rolled into place:

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I already had a ticket that a friend had bought for me, so just for the hell of it (and because I wanted to have something to complain about later on my blog) I asked how much the cheapest available ticket was. Anyone want to guess? If you said ninety-five dollars, you are correct. (Insert complaining here.)

I kept walking, crossed a little road, and took a photo of Gate 4–the home plate gate:

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Then I continued my journey…

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…and passed Gate 2 (the left field gate)…

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…and rounded the corner of a “Preferred Parking” garage that’s connected to the stadium:

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At the old stadium, fans weren’t able to walk all the way around. There was a fenced off parking lot for the players, next to which was a road that turned into a ramp that merged onto a highway. Not good. I like being able to walk all the way around the outside a stadium. I feel a greater connection to it if I can inspect it from all angles, so I’m glad to say it IS possible to walk all the way around the new stadium.

At the old stadium, there were four gates: 2, 4, 6, and the bleacher entrance.

At the new stadium, the latter has been replaced with Gate 8:

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Here’s a look at the right field side of the stadium from underneath the elevated train tracks:

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I’d made it full-circle, so I decided to take a peek at the old stadium:

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It was dead. And sad:

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All the memorabilia stores were closed…

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…but back at the new stadium, things were jumping. There were hundreds (if not thousands) of people waiting to get in:

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In the photo above, do you see the kid with a glove, a dark green shirt, and tan shorts? His name is Connor and he’s 13 years old. He had recently left a few comments on this blog, and this was the first time we met in person. We ended up crossing paths throughout the day, so remember his name.

The game was scheduled to begin at 3:40pm, and the gates opened at 12:30. You might think it’s the most awesome thing ever to get inside that early, but guess what? It sucks. As a general rule, batting practice doesn’t start that early, so the stadium ends up getting crowded before any balls reach the seats. You know that feeling during the first minute of BP when you’re one of just a handful of fans in the entire stadium? And you can hear the crack of the bat echoing?
And you feel like the players are hitting home run balls just for you? Well, you can kiss that feeling goodbye in the Bronx, but it’s still pretty cool to be able to be inside, crowded or not, for the start of batting practice.

Given the fact that there was no point in rushing inside, I stopped for a moment and took a photo of the…I don’t know what to call it. The outer concourse? All I can say is that it’s spectacular. Check it out:

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Okay, so it looks like an airport terminal, and it’s kind of a rip-off of the outer concourse in Arlington, but it’s still pretty damn cool. With all due respect to Jackie Robinson, I think this is even more dazzling than the Rotunda at Citi Field. Let’s face it, the Mets’ new home is not THAT special. Sure, it’s nice, and the outfield wall has some interesting angles, and the second deck overhangs the warning track in right field, and there’s a brand new Home Run Apple, but overall it looks like every other ballpark that’s been built in the last decade. The new Yankee Stadium, however, is one of a kind and breathtakingly beautiful. Like I said earlier, it was clear from the start.

Here’s the inner/field level concourse:

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The new Yankee Stadium was designed by an architect named God, but it’s run by Satan. Forget the fact that backpacks are not allowed. Don’t even get me started with that. You know what else is not allowed? Going down into the field level seats for batting practice…unless of course you have a ticket for those seats. Let me clarify. You CAN get into the field level concourse no matter where your ticketed seat is located, but unless you actually have a SEAT on the field level, you will not be able to get down into the actual seats to snag baseballs. It’s that simple. There was a security guard at every staircase:

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Batting practice hadn’t even started. (You can see the grounds crew watering the infield in the photo above.) It was more than three effin’ hours before the first pitch, and yet the guards were not letting people down into the seats. As you can imagine, there were some pretty angry fans. I talked to one guy who’s paying $20,000 this year for season tickets in the upper deck. He was there with his 11-year-old son, and he was furious that the two of them weren’t allowed down into the seats to try to catch a ball or get an autograph.

I can understand that the owners want to encourage people to buy the fancy seats (and then reward the people who do), but this is just horrible. It’s funny how the team makes such a huge production of playing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch because this policy of keeping fans–especially fathers and sons–out of the good seats for BP is downright un-American.

You’re probably wondering where my assigned seat was, and if I made it into the field level seats, and if I managed to keep my streak alive, etc., so let me just say this: when Zack Hample goes to a new stadium, Zack Hample GETS INTO the field level seats. (Hey! Talking about oneself in the third person is fun. I can see why Rickey Henderson does it. I can’t wait for his induction speech.) It wasn’t always easy. I got kicked out of the right field seats during BP and later had a guard threaten to call his supervisor, but I survived. That’s because I had a few people looking out for me. For starters, one young man who reads this blog told me the name/section of a certain guard who would let me down into the seats if I mentioned his name. (Don’t ask. It’s a secret. Absolutely no exceptions.) Then there was my friend Linda, the one who bought me the ticket for this game. She and her friend Cindy had field level tickets on the right field foul line. My ticket was in the upper deck. They arrived at game time. You figure out the rest. Finally there was another young man named Alex who had a ticket on the left field foul line and kindly lent it to me at one point. So yeah, it took a team effort to help me beat the system.

I got an early peek at the seats in right field…

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…and I could not be-LIEVE what I was seeing. Every single seat, even 400 feet from home plate, was soft and cushy:

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(These seats will probably look like crap in a few years after nature has its way with them.) Normally these fancy seats are limited to the fanciest sections. The entire new Yankee Stadium, it turns out, is one big fancy section, and if you’re not convinced yet, look at this:

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Yes, right there in the concourse, there was a friggin’ butcher carving steak behind a glass window, and just around the corner there was a gosh-darn fruit stand:

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(How many different ways can I curse without actually cursing?) The prices were reasonable, at least for New York City. Two pears for three dollars? That’s what I’m used to paying on the Upper West Side.

Another nice thing about the new stadium is that the field level concourse runs all the way around the outfield. The following photo shows the concourse directly behind the batter’s eye. I think the space is way too narrow, especially considering that this is where the line starts for Monument Park:

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I made it back to the right field side of the stadium, and the Yankees began playing catch soon after. One of the balls got loose and rolled up to the wall along the foul line. Not only was there a security guard at the top of every staircase, but there was also a guard at the bottom. Being in a stadium for batting practice should feel like being in a playground, but instead it felt like I was at a border crossing. There were more security guards than fans, so I figured I was going to get yelled at, possibly even threatened or ejected for using my glove trick, but I had to give it a shot. I waited until the nearest guard turned his back and then I went for it. The following photo, taken from the RF bleachers by a college kid named Luke who reads this blog, shows me in action:

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As I was getting the ball to stick inside my glove, the guard turned around and stared at me. I had a sinking feeling in my gut. Was he going to confiscate the ball and call his supervisor?

“I saw you on The Tonight Show,” he said. “That’s pretty cool.”

Umm…wow?

I ended up talking to him for a few minutes and thanking him profusely for being so nice and letting me get the ball.

Was it a commemorative ball?!?!

No…

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…but it’s a valuable ball to me.

There were still a few guys playing catch in shallow right field, so I cut through the seats along the foul line. (Once I was down in the seats, no one stopped me from moving side to side.) Damaso Marte was about to finish throwing, and this was as close as I could get:

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When he was done, I waved my arms and jumped up and down and called his name–anything to get his attention, and it worked. He looked up and spotted me in the sea of empty seats and lobbed the ball over the netting and over the partition, right to me. Perfect aim. Easiest catch ever. I had my second ball of the day. Not commemorative.

I moved to the seats in straight-away right field and snagged a third ball (not commemorative) in an unexpected way. I had started running toward the end of the section in right-center for a home run that ended up landing in the bullpen. Just at that moment, another ball landed ten feet away from me, right in my row. A nearby fan told me that Brian Bruney had thrown it. I have no idea who he was even aiming for, or if it’s even true that he’s the guy who threw it, but hey, I’ll take it.

It was shortly after this snag that I got kicked out of right field–a real shame because there were a bunch of lefties hitting bombs at that point. I managed to make it down into the left field seats, and since the lefties were pulling everything, I passed the time by taking some more photos. In the shot below, you can see how the bleachers (the section above the red “State Farm” ads) are separated from the fancy seats:

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If you have a bleacher ticket, you will be forced to stay in the bleachers. See how there’s a gap between the two State Farm ads? That’s a little tunnel that leads underneath the bleachers to that narrow concourse. Don’t despair if you have a bleacher ticket. There were a lot of home run balls that reached the first few rows, and the players also tossed some balls there. And…although you might get stopped by security, there will be plenty glove trick opportunities from the seats above the bullpens:

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The following photo shows what I *think* is the line for Monument Park, snaking up and around the ramps/stairs:

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The Indians took the field and started playing catch, and whaddaya know, a ball got loose and rolled up against the wall in foul territory. Glove trick. Bam! Ball number four was mine. Security didn’t say a word.

Now…you might recall that at my previous two games at Citi Field, the visiting team had been using the Mets’ commemorative balls. I was hoping that the Indians might be using the Yankees’ balls, but no. No such luck. Every ball I got from the Tribe was standard. How many more balls did I get? Well, thanks to Alex who snagged a bunch of his own and let me have his spot in the very crowded front row, I was able to get Rafael Perez (in the photo below) to toss me his ball after he finished throwing.

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Then, after moving to the seats in straight-away left field, I spotted a ball sitting on the warning track near the foul pole:

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Remember that kid named Connor? He was already there with a glove trick of his own, but unfortunately for him, he experienced quite a mishap. Let’s just say he needs to practice tying better knots, but don’t feel bad for him. He had snagged his first two balls EVER during the Yankees’ portion of BP. As for me, I flung my glove out and knocked the ball closer, and as I was reeling it in, two bad things happened:

1) A security guard marched down the steps and told me I had to stop.
2) The ball slipped out of my glove and plopped back down onto the warning track.

For some reason, the guard turned his back for a moment and started blabbing on his walkie-talkie, so I quickly pulled up my glove, tightened the rubber band, and lowered it for one final attempt. The guard turned back around and faced me and said I had to bring my glove back up right away, and that if I did that again, I would “be gone.” Naturally I did as he instructed. I raised the glove…and the ball was inside of it. HAHA!!! Take THAT, Yankee Stadium security!!! There’s a new sheriff in town and…never mind.

My seventh ball of the day was a line drive homer that I caught on the fly. (Given the fact that I somehow hadn’t caught a batted ball on the fly in my previous six games, this felt like quite an accomplishment.) When the ball left the bat, I thought it might reach the seats, but I definitely didn’t expect it to reach me in the eighth row. Still, I scooted through the row to get in line with it, and when it ended up flying right at me, I was caught a bit off guard and nearly got handcuffed by it. Balls are really carrying at this new stadium, so be prepared.

Two minutes later, I got someone on the Indians (might’ve been the bullpen catcher) to throw me a ball over everyone’s head in front of me. I was still about eight rows back. It was beautiful.

As for the new rule about keeping people out of the seats for BP, I have to say…I’m slightly torn about it. It worked out well for me because I was able to get down there. I mean, the seats were FAR less crowded than they would’ve been. Can you imagine what kind of zoo I would’ve had to deal with if everyone had been trying to snag baseballs in my section? Even with the new rule, look how crowded it got by the end of BP:

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Still, I think the new rule sucks bigtime. People should be able to go wherever they want, at least when the players are warming up. If there’s more competition as a result, so be it. It’s only fair. In the meantime, though, I will only go to this stadium if I am guaranteed to get into the field level seats, and even then, I won’t be happy about going. The new stadium is gorgeous beyond words, but the experience of being there is the opposite of relaxing. Going there is not just an event…it’s an ordeal. I can’t imagine doing it every day or even every week. Going to a ballgame should be relaxing. You show up early, you run around for balls, you kick your feet up during the game (because the seats around you are empty) and buy a hot dog. You keep score. You chase foul balls. You wander around and watch the action from different angles. Late in the game, after people leave, you move down closer to the field. THAT is how it should be. But here? I felt like I was under surveillance throughout the day. The stadium is so nice that it’s too nice. It’s like being a guest in a house that’s so pristine and museum-like that you’re afraid to sneeze because you might break something. Luxury has replaced functionality. I don’t know. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like in 10 years when there’s no Jeter, no A-Rod, no Posada, no Mariano, etc. Eventually the Yankees will suck. They have to. Eventually they’ll lose 90 games and fail to reach the playoffs five years in a row. It has to happen. Right? They can’t be a powerhouse forever, can they? Every organization goes through slumps, and when it happens to the Yankees and the stadium is half-full every game, it might actually be fun.

After BP, I headed to the upper deck. This was the view from the escalator:

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Dammit!!! Why does this place have to be so nice?! I love it! But I hate it! GAH!!!

At the top of the escalator, there was a landing for the suite entrance. Marble floors…yes:

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Then there was another escalator. This was the view looking back down:

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It’s too nice. It’s just absurd. It’s not a stadium. It’s a luxury hotel. It’s a palace. It’s a mall. It’s flawless. Baseball stadiums should have flaws. Sometimes a zit or a crooked tooth can be sexy, you know? Are we in New York City or Dubai? Jesus Aitch.

Here’s the upper deck concourse:

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And yes, fine, here’s my overall assessment:

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I was really pressed for time, so the following photo isn’t great. I just wanted a shot of the upper deck itself, but as I was pulling out my camera, everyone started standing and removing their hats for the national anthem. Still, in a basic way, it captures the essence:

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Here’s my panorama attempt from the last row of the upper deck:

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A lot of people have been asking how I do this. It’s really quite simple. You see, there’s this invention called Photoshop…

I’m glad to be able to report that the new stadium does have a few nooks and crannies. There was a staircase leading down from the upper deck that was simply marked “exit.” I asked a nearby guard (there was ALWAYS a nearby guard) if I could use it get to the field level or if it was strictly an exit to the street. He said I could get to the field level. Excellent.

After zig-zagging down a few sets of stairs, I came to an unmarked landing where trash and food was being stored:

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Was I on the suite level? Was this the back of some concession area? I had no idea, and it made me happy. There were no guards, no cameras, no fans, no signs. Peace on earth.

I walked down the next staircase (which you can see in the following photo, coming from the right-hand side) and saw a security guard at street level:

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Great. Dead end. There was no way to get to the field level…or was there? I asked the guard, and he pointed behind me and slightly to the right. HUH?! When I looked in the direction he was pointing, this is what I saw:

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What the hell was he talking about? I asked him again, and he told me to walk around the corner and said I’d get to the concourse.

?!?!

I did what he said, walked around the railing and metal support beam, and found myself standing here:

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I walked through the corridor, and sure enough, it spat me out right into the bustling field level concourse. How awesome is that!

Now, like I said earlier, I had people pulling strings for me, so I ended up sitting in a pretty good spot during the game. This was my view:

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In the top of the second inning, the Indians scored 14 runs. That’s not a typo. I’ll spell it out just to prove it. Ready?

F-O-U-R-T-E-E-N.

Look at the scoreboard, and even more importantly, look at center fielder Brett Gardner’s body language:

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It was the most runs that the Yankees have ever allowed in one inning. Even Freddy Sez was ready to give up:

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Connor came down to my section halfway through the game. Here we are:

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He was nice enough to turn his attention away from the game and take a bunch of photos of me for my website, including this one which I think is funny when compared to this one of me at Citi Field. All these pics are on my photos page. Check it out sometime if you haven’t done so already.

Remember the game I went to on 9/2/08 at Dodger Stadium? I was running back and forth during the game for third-out balls and managed to get a few thrown to me over the obnoxious partition that blocks the first few rows behind the dugout. Well, even though there’s a similar partition at the new Yankee Stadium, I was in a good spot to get third-out balls, but the Indians completely dissed me. They kept tossing them to little kids in Yankees gear right behind the dugout. I’m all in favor of kids getting baseballs–I later gave one of my eight balls away to a kid–but man, I just wanted ONE game-used ball with a commemorative logo. It was really frustrating. Who knows if/when I’ll be back in that section? I figure the Yankees will eventually be using commemorative balls during BP, so they should be fairly easy to snag late in the season, but I didn’t want to have to wait. At the very earliest, the next Yankee game I can possibly attend is on May 15th.

Here’s a look at the partition…

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…and if you’re wondering why the stadium is so empty, it’s because the Yankees were in the process of losing, 22-4. (Aww.)

By the way, if you think you can simply ask people for their ticket stubs and sneak right down to the dugout, think again. Every fan in that exclusive section is given a wristband (just like at Citizens Bank Park), and the band changes color from day to day. Next time you watch a Yankee game on TV, pay close attention to the people sitting behind the plate, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. In order to get back into the section below the partition, you have to show your ticket AND the wristband.

After the game, I met up with Linda and Cindy:

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Linda is the one wearing dark green, and as for my outfit, all you need to know is that the “24” isn’t for Grady Sizemore.

This was the view from the elevated subway platform:

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There’s a lot of great stuff to see at the new ballpark, so bring a camera and make sure the battery is charged. While you’re at it, take out a loan and be prepared to battle security all day long.

SNAGGING STATS:

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• 8 balls at this game (7 pictured here because I gave one away)

• 58 balls in 7 games this season = 8.3 balls per game.

• 576 consecutive games with at least one ball

• 130 consecutive Yankee games with at least one ball

• 46 major league stadiums with at least one ball caught

• 3,878 total balls

CHARITY STATS:

• 84 donors (click here and scroll down for the complete list)

• $16.37 pledged per ball

• $130.96 raised at this game

• $949.46 raised this season for Pitch In For Baseball

46 Comments

A luxury hotel…that’s spot on. It’s as if the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas decided to add Yankee Stadium to its property. I’m impressed, however, with your snagging total.

Btw, I’m pretty sure the Yankees switched camera angles for their pitcher shots for yesterday’s game to avoid showing all the empty expensive seats. On Saturday, the angle covered the last two sections of empty luxury seats. Yesterday, the view was angled out more to right and left field to get the section with more fans.

Finally, if the ball carries it has (and as you think), the bleachers in RF may be better than we originally thought for BP.

Very nicely done…very nice, indeed. I can only imagine how stressful that day was up until the moment you snagged that 1st one, eh?
“Happy”

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

Wait, you asked people for their ticket stubs? Did you get any for the Legends Seats? Because at Opening Day, I didn’t see a single person wearing a wristband for the Legends Seats. Are you sure?
http://riveravenue.mlblogs.com
Alex

very nice day my man…i was in the city at the time waiting for that game to be over to get autos at the hotel, and it was just fun to know it was like 14-2 seeing people in yankee shirts walking by asking what the score was and hearing a nice “f you” in return…you took some amazing pictures, and the stadium is absolutely gorgeous. I really dont have a desire to go too much just because of how expensive it is and how crowded it is, but this really makes me feel a lot better about going. obviously i dont have strings i can pull like you do, but just to go and say i’ve been there is enough for me

anyway, great work, and my saturday was awesome too, doing what i do best…check it out
http://nycautographcollector.mlblogs.com/

A “Monument to excess” is how I’ve heard it described.

I’ll have to get there one day to boo. Of course, I can only afford Grandstand seats, or bleachers (are the bleachers still completely separate or can I walk around?)

I like the team flags around the top of the stadium. I was upset when the Mets stopped doing that.

Zach,
Sounds like you got to go in and out and all about in the new stadium without knowing it.
That was awesome that the guard and some Yankees fans could help you in your quest to get down into the right and left field sections for B P .
The charity seems to be going great for you, and we are not even to 1/10th of the season.
Keep up your great actions and you might end up getting the attention you deserve as one of the best ballhawks in the history of the game.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Hey Zack, great entry. I’ve been waiting for your review of Yankee Stadium. I’ve seen others on the web, but yours is by far the most detailed. Couple of things – 1. The outer concourse you referred to is actually called The Great Hall. 2. Did you happen to notice if the souvenir stores across from the old Yankee Stadium were open after the game? I’m thinking that you got there too early for them to be open. 3. Could you get into the bleachers without showing a ticket during bp? Finally, the upper deck concourse still looks quite small and crowded. Looks like again, the Yankees are taking care of the big spenders while ignoring most of the common fans. Did you notice any difference between the old and new stadiums?
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Classic Zack Hample line, “The new Yankee Stadium was designed by an architect named God, but it’s run by Satan.” Nice!!! Awesome post.
Man, I’m glad it’s baseball season again. Your blog seriously gets me through another boring day at work.
This weekend I’m driving to Denver from Salt Lake City (home) to watch the Rockies play the Dodgers on Sunday and the Padres on Monday. The Padres are surprizing a lot people this season and your boy, Heath Bell, is kicking some major butt.

Great job! Way to swindle those thieving b******s out of some equipment! No matter how cheap they can buy those things, it’s good to stick it to the man every now & then! Really enjoyed the pix too, great angles! Brian

Uggh! Only the Yankees, huh?
Kudos for the gratuitous use of my favorite Scrabble challenge bait…. aitch. I love it when Scrabble newbies challenge me on the spelling of letters.
Donny in Houston http://lonestar.mlblogs.com

Pretty, pretty good for your first day at the new YS. I’m without a Field Level ticket, but hopefully the guards will budge from a sweet talk and let me through. I’m not counting on it, but, I’m glad to know I can at least go down there and wander around, even with a ticket in the 400 level. So, if there’s no access from the bleachers to the outfield seats, then it’s the same vice versa, right? And really, no backpacks?! I absolutely have to bring a drawstring bag? :/

– Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

First of all, the line you took a picture of was for momnument park. Second of all, if you have a bleacher ticket, YOU CAN GET TO FIELD LEVEL! All you do is walk to the staircase, and go down one flight. now iof they ask for your ticket during the game, you’re screwed, but pregame, all you do is say that im getting on the line for monument park, and you start to head upstairs, and then, you walk onto the mezzanine level. then you find the next staircase and go down.

Very simple stuff here.

and for BP, the rule should be that if you arrive between 4 and 5 (for 7 o’clock games) then you can go in the outfield seats and stay for BP ONLY if you dont have a ticket there, but after 5 o’clock, you need a ticket to get down.

and freddy sez is alive! i thought he died>

Great debut at the Stadium. I snagged 2 at opening day (not commemorative) during BP. I figure it will take a little bit or the commemoratives to make their way into the BP rotation.

nice that is the nicest looking sports venue in the world(well it better for 1.5 billion) looks like there a lot of random places like when you got kinda lost. just like the yankees did for the second inning. but wholy cow i can wait to get there.

o one more thing one of the pictures that you took of the field level there were some random poles near the field. whats the deal with those

PUCK – Thanks for the 411 my dood! I’ll try my luck tomorrow. God forbid that man died. I think we would have heard some type of news about it, as well as articles all throughout NY newspapers too. An original…

– Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

i think the inside of the stadium actually looks pretty boring. the concourses, however, look pretty cool. i’ll see it for myself in july.

so, for us poor bums in the bleachers, can we still get to the rest of the stadium – field level concourse or upper deck? I liked to roam and take pictures. it’ll be pretty boring if they’re all from the bleachers. that is really weak that you can’t go down to the dugouts during BP. i always get a picture with my son by the dugout in a new stadium. as you said, the Yankees don’t care about fathers-and-sons.

PS – what kind of camera do you use? it takes extremely clear picts. how quickly can you take picts in succession (not using a rapid fire feature, just hitting the button)?
-Todd
http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com

hey zack
a few things

1) WOW that is beautiful…but I will never afford it :-/
2) I actually got a tour of the construction site when i was last in NY in the summer of 2007. Turner Construction is the company that built it. My sister is a civil engineer major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and she had worked on designing the new Finding Nemo ride at Disneyland. I’m still hoping to get my hands on one of the construction signs.
3) I had read on the Yankees Website on the A-Z page about the batting practice rules and had meant to send you a message about it. Anaheim is still pretty good about everything, except I’m restricted to the first 4 sections in right and left field now until BP ends. And THEN I can go wherever I want (well not if I follow the rules ;) )
4. Dodger Stadium things behind the dugouts killed me at the WBC
5 here is my new blog that I started : yankeehater626.mlblogs.com

puck and zack, you guys seem to know best about this place..but really anyone who wants to help would be great.

my dads company season tix are main level sec 224, awesome foul ball seats it looks like. but, can i get near the field with that? were any homers reaching the main 2nd level? was the corners of that level in left and right low enough to get players to throw balls up?

just fill me in, those are the only times ill be entering that place, i do hafta pay for college next yr :)

so please, i dont wanna get shutout. i was supposed to go tonight but we all know how that went :/

This is a good entry!!!!! Zack have you followed my advice to use charity too you advantage?? Yankke stadium is wow it’s not compared like to dodger stadium

one more thing I just checked out the standings and your in first place like you should be right?? Well I guess you had a good week

Hey Zack…

Great entry. Very informative. Also, very depressing. That place is everything I’m against when it comes to going to a baseball game. Like you said, I want to go to a game to relax and have fun. I don’t want to be looking over my shoulder every five minutes and have to scheme and plan to sneak around. Way too stressfull. Plus, I’m all about NOT spending that much money at a baseball game. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend the money on an airline ticket to Florida. I’ll take the Trop and Dolphin Stadium over Yankee Stadium any day. Take it easy.

Padreleigh

Zack-
The anonymous post earlier was from me, Graham from Utah. I think I need to fix my settings. Anyways, good luck with the charity.
Graham

Hey Zack!

Awesome report (as always). And yeah … its a real “love/hate” feeling about the new Stadium.

Keep up the good (charity) work.

Hey Zack!

Awesome report (as always). And yeah … its a real “love/hate” feeling about the new Stadium.

Keep up the good (charity) work.

EVERYONE-
I just got to Chicago. Crap weather. Probably no BP today, but I still gotta get to Wrigley early. Super pressed for time. Here are the answers to your questions:

ALEX-
Yeah, I got a fancy stub. Everyone was wearing bands, and I asked them about it.

ERIKPBAL-
Didn’t see the memorabilia places around game time. No idea about that. I don’t know about bleacher access either. I didn’t have enough time there to investigate everything.

DONNIE-
No backpacks at all.

BETTENCOURT-
Random poles? In the Marte photo? Those hold up protective nets during BP, and they get taken down for the game.

COOKANDSONBATS-
Not sure yet about bleacher access. My camera is a Canon ELPH SD870 IS. I never tried taking pics in succession in the way you mentioned. I’d do it now, but I literally have NO time.

GJK2212-
Ball reached the second deck in RF, and the players tossed a few up there as well, so if you can get there you should be able to avoid a shutout.

LADOD4EVER-
Haven’t used that piece of advice quite yet.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

zack, this is my first comment here i’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and check for updates at least once a day. Great entry on the new yankee stadium…I’m really looking forward to the Wrigley entry since I’ll be traveling there the last week of august from San Antonio, TX to watch the Astros on the road. (I have astros season tickets, but this will be my first road game)…I can’t wait. I have Bleacher tickets to one game and 2nd row Dugout box seats for the other.

that was a stellar first day at yankee stadium. NICE JOB!!!
also very good entry and awesome pictures
happy snagging!

I was at this game but didn’t see you, darn! It was great. As for my Indians shirt, the 24 was for Grady Sizemore.
-Ellie
http://mrmetbro.blogspot.com

Fantastic first outing Zack. The place looks like a mecca for baseball. I thing I really would hate about that place is that if I went there, I would have to see the Yankees play.
Bob
http://bigglovebob.mlblogs.com/

Hey Zack…

I watched the Cubs game today on WGN. I didn’t see you, but the weather looked terrible. I hoped you had a better day than the Padres. That’s two in a row they’ve lost. First time all year. Could the bottom be falling out? Jake Peavy thinks he can strike everyone out and keeps giving up HR’s. Well, there is always tomorrow….looking forward to the Wrigley entry.

Leigh

Hey, nice post. I watched some of that game on tv, most notably the crazy inning and the grand slam, after seeing the grand slam a couple days ago as well!

Anyway, guess I’ll have to try and check out new Yankee Stadium next year perhaps.

Were you able to hang around the bleachers without a ticket to the bleachers? Assuming you didn’t have one, or didn’t ‘have’ one! Hopefully not as strict out there, save for leet sections.

Nice review of the new Stadium, Zack!

Zack,

I like that we agree on this, but I hate that we do as well. Yeah, the new Yankee stadium is amazing. It’s friggin exquisite. It’s disgusting. It’s unreal. It’s perfect. I went Tuesday for my first time, and spent 7 innings just taking pictures (I had work, got there for game-time). Unreal. The Mets fail again in an attempt to compare to their cros-town rivals. I was watching that game, the 22-4 one, and mainly just the entire second inning, at a bar in Boston. Needless to say, it was a cheerful atmosphere!

I am a mother of a 13 1/2 year old son and a 12 year old step-son from Salt Lake City, Utah who will be in town on June 12(returning from a week of play at Cooperstown). We are trying to give our boys the full NY experience. I think one of the activities to do that,is definitely the Yankees vs. the Mets game on that Friday. But, as I am learning from my Yankees Fan husband, it is going to be almost impossible to get tickets for less than $100/person, thanks to the new stadium and all of the higher prices that come with it. I would LOVE to hear any feedback/advice on where the best place for us to find tickets are for the 4 of us for that game. We have already shelled out a lot of money for my step-son to be able to have the opportunity of a lifetime to play in Cooperstown, and we are NOT picky about whether we have nose-bleed seats. Again, I would love some ideas and advice on what the best route is to try and secure some seats to that game that is not going to “break the bank” any further than what it is broken!

Thank you in advance.

Oh, and I am pretty sure that this experience would convert me(and my son) into a true Yankees fan! I’m on the fence….:0)

StubHub would be by far the best place to get some cheap nosebleed seats

Nice Post Zack i never really messin around with the blog section but nice post man…pics are great im going to like 8 games this season so far!

Hello Zack,

I am from NY. I too was at this game. I met my fiance at this game. She is from Ohio. We are planning our wedding and I was wondering if you have a photo of the ticket stub from this game?

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