New York Yankees

The New Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK - APRIL 03:  A general view of Yankee Stadium during the playing of the National Anthem before the New York Yankees game against the Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Today's exhibition game is the first game to played in the new Yankee Stadium.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Bill GalluccioContributor IApril 5, 2009

I was in attendance on Friday Apr. 3 for the first ever game to played at the new Yankee Stadium. What a site. The stadium is amazing. One day I can tell my grandkids that I was in attendance at the first ever game at this cathedral.

I saw the first hit, first home run, first dingers off the foul pole.

It was weird getting off the four train and going the opposite direction. But the weirdness ended there. As I entered Gate Four, I scanned my own ticket and was greeted by the voice of Bob Shepard. The staff was friendly.

There were signs telling me where to go. There was plenty of room to walk amongst the crowds through the Great Hall. There were $9 beers and $5.50 hot dogs. There was a fresh fruit market in the Great Hall, selling all sorts of healthy food.

I did not get to do all there is do to do at the new stadium. I did not eat at the restaurants or the martini bar. I did not get a chance to walk through the museum or Monument Park. I know there will be plenty of time for me to do that in the future.

I loved the openness of the stadium. I was able to go get myself a beer and some chicken fingers without missing any of the action. I did not have to fight my way through narrow corridors to go to the bathroom.

The seats themselves were comfortable and had cup holders. The cup holders really showed their use when we jumped up to cheer Robinson Cano hitting the first home run in the stadium and not a beer was spilled.

The video screen has been talked about so much and it deserves to be. I want to know who I have to talk to be able to play Nintendo Wii on that thing.

All in all the new stadium is amazing. I do miss the old stadium and ghosts that inhabited. Now it is time to get some new ghosts and start a new legacy at the new address. What better way to do that than to win No. 27 at the new address.

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