The New York Yankees – otherwise known as The Bombers, the Yanks, the Pinstripes, the Evil Empire. The “most winningest” franchise in not only MLB history, but out of any professional sport – and they have a stadium to show it.
The new Yankee Stadium made it’s debut in 2009, right across the street from where the old stadium had stood in the Bronx since 1923. Although the old stadium was much more historic, the new stadium has all the bells and whistles, and is the most expensive baseball stadium built to date (at $1.5 billion!).
Of course, visiting the new stadium was high on our list of priorities, as Brian has been a Yankees fan practically since birth. We had spent the day in NYC, and then headed to the stadium early to eat something and catch batting practice! Upon arriving, I was surprised to see they had already torn down the old stadium – I am still sad I never had a chance to visit. I wish they could have re-purposed it in some way instead of tearing it down – a museum, community park/center..something? I digress.
In front of Gate 4:
We had planned to eat at the NYY Steak restaurant that is inside of Yankee Stadium, but we thought it might take too long, so opted for the Hard Rock restaurant that is also inside the stadium.
Everything inside was Yankees themed, of course. This giant guitar was signed by a bunch of Yankees players.
We then made our way to our seats to catch batting practice, and entered the inside of the stadium to view the Great Hall. Apparently, many of the design elements in the new stadium were mirrored to reflect those that were used in the original, and also on display were many photos and banners paying homage to the history of the team. The ceiling of the Great Hall is seven stories high!
Brian’s first look at the new field! Glad I was there to capture the moment :)
The frieze that was so recognizable in the old stadium was also replicated and carried over at the top of the stadium.
This stadium had such a different feel to me than others I have been to. It is bigger, newer, shinier, and the fans all have a certain swagger – it is clear they are very proud to be a part of one of the most-winning franchises in baseball. I know we will be back to this stadium many times to come, so until next time!
If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere, It’s up to you, New York, New York!