The Eliassportsblog spent the past weekend checking out the new home for the New York Yankees. We were lucky enough to get tickets for both games and spend both days moving around the ballpark and checking everything out. The anticipation of getting inside the stadium really felt like the anticipation on Christmas before you open your gifts. There was not enough to check everything out as the place was huge but here are some first impressions.
First of all, the place is just massive. You really feel like you are walking into a cathedral. It just has a feel that it's something special. However, while in your seats, you don't feel that it is a huge ballpark. It really feels close to the action
The history of the Yankees really jumps out at you when you enter the Great Hall. The pictures of the past greats really give you goosebumps.
When you finally see the field, the first thing you notice is the gigantic scoreboard in centerfield. Gigantic doesn't even cover it. The screen is massive and has a great picture. It's better then any HDTV you have ever seen.
The best part of the stadium is that it looks and feels like the old one across the street. From some angles everything really looks the same. There are even some of the same advertisements on the walls. The dimensions are the same, and just looking at the field, it's tough to tell the difference.
The stadium looks like the old one but feels like a modern park. There are wide walkways that allow you to see the field from anywhere. You can stand and watch the game from anywhere. There are plenty of places to eat and drink and go to the bathroom. Hopefully this means waiting on lines will be a thing of the past. The food is upgraded as there is everything that you can imagine, from sushi to Italian food to garlic fries. The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar or the Bleacher Cafe in centerfield provides a very nice view of the whole place. It will be a great location to hang out, eat, and watch the game.
It seems that the new park will be a hitter's park. The Yankees hit seven home runs in two games in early April. This is a time when hitting is supposed to be difficult. It really makes you wonder how it will play when the air heats up in June. The ball got to the gaps very quickly and I am sure this made the hitters extrememly happy and the pitchers nervous.
The only negative is the crazy ticket prices that are being asked for some of the best seats. However, the only problem with that is that companies can't afford them these days, and those great seats might be empty most days. It's not like the average fan is losing out because they usually don't sit there. The seats are are (well, were they are likely sold out for the year?) in the Terrace and Grandstand levels. Also, the obstructed view or standing room seats are a great bargain because you have access to everything in the park.
All in all this, is going to be a great place to watch a ballgame and a place that everyone will enjoy.