Today I was lucky enough to go to "The Palace that George Built," and frankly, it was so much nicer than the old one. The wide open aisles and the many different eating establishments made it much more enjoyable than the old Yankee Stadium.
In doing all of this, the Yankees have created a truly state-of-the-art facility but, the one problem that I found is it is missing the Yankee Stadium mystique it once had across the street.
In the old Yankee Stadium it was just very loud and chants would start often and continue for long periods of times. But now in the white collar environment that COO Lonn Trost has created the Yankees have lost the home field advantage with the lack of noise that is made by "Yankee Fans" in attendance.
Comparatively to the old stadium, it seems almost like a neutral site, and it didn't help that a lot of Phillies Fans' made the drive or took the short train ride up to New York to see the game.
The reason for this is simply because the prices of tickets and food at the ball park are just too much. In the old stadium it was a "blue collar, lunch pail" type of environment in which fans on off days from their jobs who lived and died with the Yankees would make it hostile for opposing teams to come into the Bronx and try and win a baseball game.
Now there are a lot of "Chardonnay drinking, sushi eating and disinterested fans" sitting behind home plate while the people who could once afford those tickets are now no where near the field.
Also, fans are not allowed in the "Legend Suites" before the games, but these suites are simply just seats that happen to be very close to the field. This really is a slap in the face to young fans who come to the ball park early to watch batting practice.
It used to be a joy for children to go to Yankee Stadium and for parents and grandparents to say "this is the same field that Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle played on."
Even though I am only 19 years old, I understand the great history of the Yankees because of how much I learned about them when I was a child, but I now feel as that because of the outrageous prices for everything in the stadium children will not be able to become enamored with the Yankees as I once did.
Ultimately, in a capitalist society, who am I to tell the Yankees to lower their prices but it is a bit outlandish to pay $43 for a lunch at a BASEBALL GAME for three people. The Yankees though do need to realize that catering to the rich isn't what running a baseball team is about.
The sooner they realize this, then the stadium will seem more like a home field all the time instead of only when the Yankees get walk off hits.