The home of the New York Yankees is one of the City’s most beloved sports sites. The team’s current address preserves many of the design details that defined the original place—The House That Ruth Built—where the baseball team played from 1923 until the new version opened for the 2009 season. The outfield stands still feature the Bleacher Creatures (very loud, very dedicated fans), but now there are fancy suites, a wider variety of concessions and a state-of-the-art video board. The stadium is also home to the New York City Football Club (that’s European football, or soccer) and sometimes hosts other big events like concerts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get there? About 25 minutes on the D train from 42nd Street, or 20 minutes on the 4 train from Grand Central Terminal. The stop for both is 161st St./Yankee Stadium.
What should I eat at the game? The favorites are fairly clear-cut: Parm, for chicken or meatball subs, and Lobel’s, for carved steak sandwiches. There’s also Wholly Guacamole’s nacho helmet, which makes for a substantial snack turned memento. You can bring your own food, but there are restrictions on the types of packages you can bring in (for example, no glass bottles and no bottles whose seals are broken).
Where’s the best place to sit? It depends what you like—price, sightlines and shelter from the rain or sun may be considerations. There are unofficial websites that make their best guesses as to which seats are covered, and offer photographs of the views from different seats.
How can I see Monument Park? Arrive early—this tribute area out in left field opens with the ballpark (usually two hours before game time) and closes 45 minutes before the first pitch. It has plaques for all the Yankees legends, including the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter. You can also see it on stadium tours, available during the offseason and on non-game days.
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