Photoblogging – Yankee Stadium

As promised, here are a few photos from my trip to Yankee Stadium this afternoon. As discussed in the Camden Yards post, I haven’t visited too many ballparks and Yankee Stadium was my first visit to one of the old parks. When I say old, I mean old entry gates, narrow aisles, steep upper seating, and crammed concession areas. Nevertheless, for what Yankee Stadium lacked in modern luxuries, it made up for it in aura (thanks Bill), energy, and excitement. The crowd was into the game nonstop (including what seemed to be millions of teenage girls cheering for Jeter and A-Rod.)

Here are a few photos.

The House that Ruth Built

Bought these tickets the day they went on sale and this was the best we could get!

But thank goodness I have a great zoom on my camera!

Of course for all the good things about the experience, there were some negatives. When one guy decided to watch the game in Red Sox attire, the fans let him know how they felt about it. The worst however was the one fan who chose to display his displeasure with the fact that the concession stand ran out of pretzels. He decided to drop a few foul words loud enough for 1/2 the stadium to hear him. Not good when you are in attendance with a 3 year old and a 6 year old.

11 thoughts on “Photoblogging – Yankee Stadium

  1. I’m surprised the guy in the Red Sox garb was allowed to live.

    Yankee Stadium makes no pretenses–it’s not a family atmosphere. The Yankees fans are part of the “aura.”

    I must say I’m distressed they are building a “new” Yankee Stadium. Yes the old one is smelly, rickety, kinda dirty and brutal to get in and out of, but it’s THE Yankee Stadium.

    If you are a baseball fan of any measure you realize the importance of the place, what’s happened there, who’s played there and to me, I’m awed each time I go. No matter how you feel about the hated Bombers, seeing those pinstripes in person is something special.

  2. I can’t look at the outside of that stadium, see the big bat and not think about george costanza driving around in circles, dragging the world series trophy.

  3. Having been to Yankee Stadium twice and understanding the history of baseball, it is disturbing to me as well that Mr. Steinbrenner has decided to build brand new. No, Yankee Stadium is not state-of-the-art, it has small concourses (especially in the upper deck), it’s old and smelly. But, damn, it’s a major part of baseball and it’s great history. Just knowing all the great players who played games in that place it unreal to me. I hate it that it’ll be no more. Just a shame.

  4. Not only Yankee Stadium a significant piece of baseball history, but American cultural history. I’m very surprised a grassroots campaign led by the National Preservation Society didn’t raise a fuss.

  5. It was a big shock when they remodeled Yankee Stadium in the 70’s and got rid of a lot of the unique lattice work at the top of the Stadium(it still shows in the outfield). A lot of sports history will be lost including all those New York Giant football memories. The new Yankee Stadium will be across 161st. Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx which is nothing to write home about.

  6. I’ve been to Yankee Stadium twice including the famous doubleheader with the Red Sox when the Yankees began their march back from 12 games back to win the division. That may have been the most intense event I have ever been at since it seemed their were equal numbers of Red Sox and Yankees fans.

    The ballpark, aside of its fans and the team’s history, isn’t anything spectatular or even peculiar ala Fenway or Wrigley. No other old ballpark has ever been saved or even replicated. Losing Yankee Stadium is no greater sin than losing Ebbets Field, Crosley Field, Forbes Field, Sportsman Park, Polo Grounds, etc.

  7. In fact, there are probably a lot of Red Sox fans who would like to light the match!


  8. Not to hijack, but Joe Sheehan at B-Pro checks in on our favorite trade rumor subject. Sadly, he makes a lot of sense and, even more sadly, I think Krivsky’s about to do it again.

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