HistoryThe plan to build the current Yankee Stadium was proposed in the early 1980s. Due to political, economic and other factors, it took more than two decades for the plans to be realized. The club's beloved owner, George Steinbrenner, negotiated heavily for years with city officials and other relevant parties. In 2009, the stadium finally opened in the southwestern tip of the Bronx. Approximately 2.3 billion dollars were spent on the construction of this premier sports venue that's home to arguably one of the best franchises in the MLB. The new ballpark replaced the original stadium that hosted the team between 1923 and 2008. Despite a decrease in seating capacity compared to the previous site, the modern Yankee Stadium still remains one of the top venues in professional baseball. In 2015, the New York City F.C. of Major League Soccer moved into the stadium.
Stadium Layout and FeaturesMore than 50,000 spectators can watch an exciting game at Yankee Stadium. Some of the best views are available at 56 luxury boxes that come with great private amenities. There are also more than 4,300 club seats that are reserved for some of the most loyal fans. The left field measures 318 feet, and the right field measures 314 feet. The centre field is 408 feet, so hitting a home run past this section might be a difficult task, even for the best batters. Based on traditions of the previous stadium, Kentucky bluegrass covers the playing field. In fact, the Yankees have some of the best maintenance routines in the MLB. Facing Babe Ruth Plaza, the Great Hall dominates the southern part of Yankee Stadium. As the name suggests, this concourse has huge images of some of the team's legends. Some notable features inside the Great Hall include the Hard Rock Cafe and Team Store Home Plate. Facing Jerome Avenue, the western flank of the stadium includes the Pepsi Food Court. Gates 2 and 4 provide direct access to this food court that serves tasty treats during the game. Gate 8 accommodates visitors heading to the northeastern tip of Yankee Stadium, which includes Monument Park and Toyota Terrace.
Visiting Yankee StadiumAs one of the New York City’s premier sports venues, Yankee Stadium is easily accessible via several modes of transportation. The 161 Street-Yankee Stadium underground station is served by the B and D lines of the New York City Subway. Both of these lengthy routes connect the Bronx with Manhattan and Queens. Located only a few blocks away from the stadium, the Yankees-E 153 Street station is situated along the Hudson Line of the Metro-North Railroad. The trains that stop at the tracks primarily take commuters between Midtown Manhattan and Westchester County. Several bus stops that are part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) network are located within walking distance of the stadium. Known as the Major Deegan Expressway, Interstate 87 has several exits that lead to Yankee Stadium. This busy highway merges with the George Washington Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. On game days, taxis and other hired vehicles could conveniently stop near the Babe Ruth Plaza and other designated points at the Stadium grounds.
Location: 1 E 161st Street, Bronx, New York City, NY, 10451
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